Graduate Program Overview

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Graduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MSU provide a vibrant environment to advance knowledge in a wide range of technically and socially important fields. Graduate students can expect a highly stimulating environment due to extensive collaborations and shared experimental facilities between Chemical Engineering and Materials Science faculty. We also offer a unique sequence of online courses to bridge students from other disciplines into our graduate programs.

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CHEMS Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in chemical engineering and in materials science and engineering. A wide range of course offerings and research activities allows an individual program to be designed to fit the background, capabilities, and aims of the student. Studies in the department may be supplemented with courses offered by other departments in the College of Engineering and in other colleges.

The chemical engineering program emphasizes a fundamental approach to chemical engineering principles and contemporary applications of chemistry, biosciences, and advanced mathematics. Specialized studies (selected topics) in chemical engineering build upon fundamentals with opportunities for study and research in such areas as nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing, metabolic engineering, process analysis, thermodynamics, chemical reaction engineering, composite materials, polymers, heat transfer, mass transfer, distillation, absorption, extraction, transport phenomena, and diffusion.

The materials science program emphasizes the mastery of basic principles and methods. Courses and research opportunities are available in the areas of nanotechnology, biomaterials, ceramic materials, composite materials, electron microscopy, impact damage, intermetallic alloys, laser processing of ceramics, polymers and their composites, shape memory alloys, surface, surface modification of metals and polymers, structural thin film, and superplasticity of metals, electronic and photonic materials.

The graduate programs in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering are designed to develop research expertise needed for the graduate to serve as a principal investigator in industrial or academic research. The coursework is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of engineering principles and applications. Each student also conducts an extensive research project that significantly advances fundamental understanding of a chemical engineering or materials science system. Results of the research are documented in a dissertation and research paper(s) for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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