Accelerated Master's

Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master's

Earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Five Years

Are you a highly motivated student seeking to accelerate your education? Get on the fast track with the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program, and you will graduate with an advanced degree and start your career or PhD studies one year earlier than the average.

You will earn both a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in ten semesters (five academic years) of full-time course work. Students enrolled in the accelerated program begin graduate course work in their fourth year and finish the master’s degree requirements within two semesters of study beyond completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to succeed in a wide range of positions in the chemical industry or in a chemical engineering doctoral program.

Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s Requirements

Admissions

  • Students may apply for admission to the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program anytime after junior-level class standing is attained and before a bachelor’s degree is awarded.
  • Students must apply for admission to the accelerated program though the standard Graduate School application process. Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program according to the normal procedure.
  • Only students who intend to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Michigan Tech are eligible to enroll in the accelerated program.
  • Students already enrolled in a graduate program may not retroactively enroll in the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program.

Advising

  • Each student’s preliminary plan for the accelerated master’s program must be approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering prior to acceptance into the graduate program; therefore, the student is required to meet with the chemical engineering graduate program director/advisor at the time of application to develop a plan for completion of the degree and to designate courses taken while an undergraduate student that will be applied toward the master’s degree requirements.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, the student is required to attend an advising meeting each semester to review the plan for completion and make adjustments as necessary.
  • The maximum time to degree for the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program is five years from the time the student is accepted into the program.

Credits

  • Through the accelerated program, a minimum of 155 total credits must be completed to meet the combined requirements of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. Both degrees must be earned in chemical engineering.
  • Up to 6 undergraduate engineering credits earned at the 3000 level or higher may be applied toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prior to completion of the master’s degree, students must indicate on their master’s degree schedule which undergraduate-level courses, along with the corresponding number of credits (a maximum of 6), should be applied to both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Core Course Requirements

Students in the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program must complete the following required core courses (15 credits total).

Core Courses Offered in Fall

CM5100: Applied Mathematics for CM
CM5200: Advanced Thermodynamics
CM5310: Laboratory Safety
CM5500: Theory and Methods of Research

Core Courses Offered in Spring

CM5300: Advanced Transport Phenomena
CM5400: Advanced Reactive Systems Analysis

Technical Course Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, 15 credits of technical courses (e.g., engineering and mathematics courses) are required to earn the 30 credits needed for the accelerated master’s program. Up to 6 of the technical course credits may be taken during the undergraduate years and double counted for the master’s degree. Note that a maximum of 12 credits earned at the 3000 level or 4000 level can be applied toward a master’s degree, whether those courses were taken as an undergraduate student or as a graduate student.

Chemical Engineering Technical Courses Offered

The following courses may be used to fulfill the 15-credit technical course requirement for the accelerated master’s program. Other courses, including those outside of chemical engineering, may also be acceptable, with the approval of the graduate program director.

CM3450: Computer Aided Problem Solving
CM3820: Sampling and Data Analysis
CM3974: Fuel Cell Fundamentals
CM4125: Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory
CM4500: Particle Technology
CM4550: Industrial Chemical Production
CM4610: Introduction to Polymer Science
CM4620: Polymer Chemistry
CM4631: Polymer Science Laboratory
CM4650: Polymer Rheology
CM4655: Polymer Rheology Laboratory
CM4710: Biochemical Processes
CM4740: Hydrometallurgy/Pyrometallurgy
CM4770: Analytical Microdevice Technologies
CM4990: Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (6-credit maximum)
CM5770: Advanced Analytical Microdevice Technologies
CM5900: Graduate-Level Special Topics in Chemical Engineering (6-credit maximum)

Sample Degree Schedule

Note: This is not an official list of degree requirements. Adjustments may be required due to curriculum changes.

Year One:

Fall Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CH1150University Chemistry I3
CH1151University Chemistry I Lab1
CH1153University Chemistry I Rec1
ENG1101Eng Analysis and Problem Solving3
MA1160Calculus with Technology I4
PH1100Physics by Inquiry I1
UN1001Perspectives3
TBDCocurricular (1 unit) 
  Total: 16
Spring Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CH1160University Chemistry II3
CH1161University Chemistry II Lab1
ENG1102Eng Modeling and Design3
MA2160Calculus with Technology II4
PH2100University Physics I3
UN1002World Cultures4
  Total: 18

Year Two:

Fall Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CH2410Organic Chemistry I3
CH2411Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CH2110Fundamentals of ChE I3
MA3160Multivariable Calc with Technology4
PH1200Physics by Inquiry II1
UN2001Composition Cocurricular3
TBDCocurricular (1 unit) 
  Total: 15
Spring Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CH2420Organic Chemistry II3
CH2120Fundamentals of ChE II3
MA2321Elementary Linear Algebra2
MA3521Elementary Differential Equations2
PH2200University Physics II3
UN2002Institutions3
TBDCocurricular (1 unit) 
  Total: 16

Year Three:

Fall Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CH3510Physical Chemistry I2
CH3511Physical Chemistry Lab I3
CM3110Transport/Unit Operations I2
CM3215Fundamentals of ChE Lab3
CM3410Tech Comm for ChE3
TBDHASS (Gen Ed) Distribution3
  Total: 16
Spring Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CM3120Transport/Unit Operations II3
CM3230Thermodynamics for ChE4
CM3310Process Control3
CM3510Chemical Reaction Eng3
TBDHASS (Gen Ed) Distribution3
  Total: 16

Year Four:

Fall Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CM4110Unit Operations Lab3
CM4310Process Safety/Environment3
CM4855ChE Proc Analysis and Design I3
TBD4000-level Technical Elective3
TBDFree Elective3
TBDHASS (Gen Ed) Distribution3
  Total: 18
Spring Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CM4120Chemical Plant Operations Lab3
CM4860ChE Proc Analysis and Design Lab II2
CM4861ChE Design Lab II1
TBD4000-level Technical Elective3
TBDTechnical Elective4
TBDHASS (Gen Ed) Distribution3
  Total: 16

Year Five:

Fall Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CM5100Applied Math for Chem Eng3
CM5200Advanced Thermodynamics3
CM5310Laboratory Safety1
CM5500Theory/Methods of Research2
TBDMaster's Technical Elective3
  Total: 12
Spring Semester  
CourseTitleCredits
CM5300Advanced Transport Phenomena3
CM5400Advanced Reactive Systems Analysis3
TBDMaster's Technical Elective3
TBDMaster's Technical Elective3
  Total: 12

GPA

Only students in good academic standing, as defined by the Graduate School, are eligible to enter the Chemical Engineering Accelerated Master’s program. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale to be in good standing with the Graduate School.

Student Status

  • A student enrolled in the accelerated program will be considered an undergraduate student until the bachelor’s degree has been awarded.
  • Once the bachelor’s degree is awarded, the student is considered a graduate student and will be expected to adhere to all Michigan Tech Graduate School policies and procedures.

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