Master of Science in chemical engineering

    Chemical engineering M.S.

    Wayne State University's chemical engineering master's program equips students with advanced technical skills in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction kinetics, and mathematics for solving industrial challenges. Emphasizing hands-on learning and innovative research, the program provides access to cutting-edge projects and facilities, preparing students for a dynamic field.

    Located in Detroit, a thriving industrial hub, the program facilitates unmatched networking and industry connections. Through internships and cooperative education, students bridge academia and real-world applications. Wayne State's master's in chemical engineering delivers a comprehensive education, preparing graduates for successful careers in this evolving field.

    Program highlights

    • Both coursework-only and thesis-based programs are available
    • Exceptional flexibility- tailor your program of study to your interests
    • Ability to integrate internship or co-operative education
    • AGRADE 4+1 program- graduate with both a B.S. and M.S. in five years

    Reasons to earn an M.S. in chemical engineering

    • Advance skills that are in-demand with industry: Our flexible curriculum allows students to combine courses in project management, data science, computer science, materials science and sustainability with advanced core chemical engineering courses to create a program unique to your educational and career goals.
    • Gain job experience and networking opportunities: Students earn credits toward their degree by participating in internship and/or co-op experiences. Our location in the heart of Detroit, surrounded by industry, provides excellent opportunities for integrating classroom and work experiences. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has an active and engaged industrial advisory board that provides mentoring and networking opportunities to students.
    • Increase earning potential: Surveys performed by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering show obtaining an M.S. in chemical engineering has been shown to boost salaries by $10,000 per year on average.

    Program curriculum for M.S. in chemical engineering

    Wayne State’s 30-credit master’s in chemical engineering can be completed with a six-credit thesis (Plan A) or without a thesis (Plan C).

    The M.S in chemical engineering provides a foundation in chemical engineering fundamentals, with courses in advanced mathematics, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and transport phenomena.  Through the selection of appropriate elective courses, students can focus their studies in a number of areas, including product and process engineering, project management, data science, sustainability and alternative energy.

    Review the M.S. in chemical engineering requirements

    Cutting-edge chemical engineering research

    Graduate students interested in pursuing a research-based degree are able to working with outstanding faculty in a number of research areas, including:

    • Advanced materials
    • Battery technology
    • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
    • Cybersecurity
    • Drug and gene delivery
    • Molecular modeling
    • Polymer and colloidal engineering
    • Process systems engineering
    • Sustainable systems engineering

    Tuition and financial aid

    Get your master's degree in chemical engineering at the most budget-friendly rate among Michigan's leading research universities. Alongside competitive tuition, WSU provides substantial financial aid, encompassing scholarships and assistantships. These opportunities not only ease your financial burden but also foster career development, ensuring both educational and financial stability.

    Learn more about Wayne State’s cost of attendance.

    Admission requirements (GRE is not required)

    To be considered for Wayne State’s M.S. program in chemical engineering, you must have attained a GPA of 3.0 or better in your baccalaureate program, including courses in chemical engineering, chemistry and mathematics.  Students should have undergraduate mathematics through differential equations.

    Include the following materials when you upload your online application to the Graduate School:

    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
    • Up to three letters of recommendation
    • A statement of approximately 300 words describing your academic and professional goals
    • Indication of up to three chemical engineering faculty with whom you wish to work

    Learn more about graduate admissions.

    Application deadlines

    • Fall (begins in August): July 15
    • Winter (begins in January): November 1
    • Spring/Summer (Spring begins in May; Summer begins in June): February 1

    International applicants must meet the Graduate School’s minimum English proficiency requirements.

    Stand out with a master's degree in chemical engineering

    Wayne State University's master's in chemical engineering program will empower you to stand out in a competitive field. The customizable curriculum allows you to blend core courses with in-demand disciplines. Here, you'll gain real-world experience through resarch, internships and co-ops providing invaluable networking opportunities, connecting you with industry leaders and enhancing your professional profile.