MS Program

The MS in Chemical Engineering at UIC is designed to provide all students with advanced knowledge of chemical engineering while allowing each student to make certain choices that customize the program for his or her specific needs—in particular, selecting among a coursework-only option, a project option, and a full thesis option.

MS students learn about core subjects in chemical engineering such as continuum and molecular fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, macroscopic and microscopic thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and process analysis. The knowledge and skills acquired in our MS program can be applied to energy production and utilization, material properties under extreme conditions, biologically-based processes, and the environment, among other fields.

Thesis Option

In the thesis option, students complete a suite of coursework in preparation for a master’s-level research project, which they execute with the support of a faculty advisor. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who may consider going on for a PhD after finishing the MS program.

Required semester hours: 36

Required courses: 5 courses (20 semester hours)

  • CHE 410 Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 431 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering or CHE 445 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics or CHE 502 Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • CHE 510 Separation Processes or CHE 511 Advanced Mass Transfer or CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion. and Membrane Transport
  • CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering

Electives: 1 course (4 semester hours)

Research: 3 courses of CHE 598 MS Thesis Research (12 semester hours)

Project Option

The project option allows students to demonstrate their learning in the form of a substantive capstone project that is advised by a faculty member and evaluated by the advisor and one other faculty member. The project work and a required summary report must demonstrate a high level of professional skill, but students do not need to formally present or defend their projects.

Required semester hours: 36

Required courses: 5 courses (20 semester hours)

  • CHE 410 Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 431 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering or CHE 445 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics or CHE 502 Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • CHE 510 Separation Processes or CHE 511 Advanced Mass Transfer or CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion. and Membrane Transport
  • CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering

Electives: 3 courses (12 semester hours)

Research: 1 course of CHE 597 MS Project Research (4 semester hours)

Coursework-Only Option

In the coursework-only option, students complete all the requirements for the degree through coursework. There is no thesis or project.

Required semester hours: 36

Required courses: 5 courses (20 semester hours)

  • CHE 410 Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 431 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering or CHE 445 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics or CHE 502 Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • CHE 510 Separation Processes or CHE 511 Advanced Mass Transfer or CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion. and Membrane Transport
  • CHE 527 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering

Electives: 4 courses (16 semester hours)

Program Requirements

All MS students must meet all Graduate College minimum requirements in addition to the requirements of their specific program.

Our MS programs require a grade point average of at least 3.0 (with A = 4.0). Credit toward a graduate degree is not given for any course in which a grade of less than C has been obtained. No graduation credit is given for credit/no credit courses. All courses must be approved first by the student’s advisor and then by the director of graduate studies.

There is no comprehensive examination in our MS program.

The UIC Graduate College requires that a student complete our MS programs within five years of the date of initial registration.

Learn about MS program admissions