Master of Science in chemical engineering

The graduate program in chemical engineering at Wayne State University is designed to provide students with various opportunities to develop advanced competence in traditional and modern chemical engineering science to solve challenging problems. The program attracts high-quality and enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds, such as chemical engineering, (bio)chemistry, biology, polymer engineering and energy engineering. Active research areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, product and process systems engineering, and sustainable engineering. The Ph.D. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for independent research careers in industry or academia. The M.S. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for a variety of career paths, and/or a coursework-based degree that provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through accomplishing elective courses.


The Master of Science program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and other mathematics-based sciences. The program is designed to accommodate those students employed in local industries, as well as full-time students, by offering a majority of its courses in the evening.

Regular admission requires a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent as determined by the department graduate officer.

This Master of Science degree is offered under the following options:

  • Plan A: 30 credits including an six-credit thesis
  • Plan C: 30 credits of course work

Degree requirements

Both options require the following core courses: CHE 7100, 7200, 7300, and 7400. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the college governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Academic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively.

Plan of work