Chemical Engineering

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert

Chemical Engineering—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • Faculty are honored for both research and teaching.
  • Some of the awards include the A.M. Gaudin Award for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration from the American Institute of Metallurgy, the Norton H. Walker Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Within the department, student research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and a variety of chemical and materials industries.
  • External funding exceeds $1 million annually, with a current level of approximately $3 million.

Learn more about the Chemical Engineering programs.

Graduate Programs in Chemical Engineering

The chemical engineering program has a strong industrial component. Research within the department is advancing fundamental and applied knowledge in chemical engineering and related fields. Our research is recognized nationally in our core strength areas of process safety, process systems engineering, applied thermodynamics, polymers, minerals processing, and biochemical engineering. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.

Recent research thrusts have been centered around University initiatives in sustainability, biotechnology, and alternative energy. Laboratory facilities within the department include the Carbon Technology Center, Hazards Evaluation Lab, Polymer Lab, Minerals Processing Lab, Process Simulation and Control Center, and Thermodynamics and Physical Properties Measurement Lab.

Learn more about the Chemical Engineering programs.

Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements 
MS–PhD (minimum)30 credits
BS–PhD (minimum)60 credits

 

Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.