Graduate Degree Programs

Bothum LabThe Department of Chemical Engineering offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) degrees as well as a Polymer Certificate Program.

Chemical Engineering graduate program Goals & Objectives are listed here.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission requirements: The Master of Science requires a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering; candidates from other engineering fields or from mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics may be accepted into the program with possible addition of prerequisite courses.

Program requirements: The department offers a thesis and non-thesis option.  The M.S. program requires 30 credits including CHE 501, 502, 513, 541, 599 (6-12 credits). For 12 thesis credits, no special problems or graduate seminar credit is permitted, 18-24 credits of course work.  Attendance in CHE 501 or 502 is required every semester for all on-campus students. Courses in thermodynamics and transport phenomena are required of all M.S. level graduate students.

  • The Thesis Program includes 18 credits of course work, 12 credits of research as well as a formal written thesis and thesis defense.
  • A Non-Thesis Program is available for part-time students, with permission of the department chair, requires master’s examination and comprehensive report with oral examination.

Learn more about the application process and apply today.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission requirements: The Ph.D. requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemical engineering; candidates from other engineering fields or from mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics may be accepted into the program with possible addition of prerequisite courses.

Program requirements: A Ph.D. candidate’s program is determined in consultation with his or her committee and is usually based on his or her background or career goals, and must include at least one course each in CHE thermodynamics (513, 614) and CHE transport (541) at URI.  Students with a masters degree require CHE 501, 502, 699 (25 credits) and fifteen credits of course work beyond the MS.  Students with a bachelors degree require a qualifying exam, CHE 501, 502, 699 (37 credits), and 33 credits of course work.  A comprehensive examination and an acceptable dissertation are required of all students to complete the program.  Attendance in CHE 501 or 502 is required every semester for all on-campus students.  Off-campus students can replace 501 and 502 with additional 691, 692, or 699 credits.

See the Chemical Engineering section of the URI Catalog for official details.

Areas of research concentration include:

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Process Simulation
  • Surface, Interfacial & Colloidal Phenomena

Learn more about the application process and apply today.

Polymer Certificate Program

The postbaccalaureate certificate program in polymers is targeted toward students who possess a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science field and are seeking further education in polymers. The program provides opportunities for students to improve their knowledge of polymers in areas outside of their specific field of expertise, to apply their technical knowledge to problems in polymer engineering and science, and to develop technical skills that can be applied in industrial polymer engineering positions.

Admission requirements:   Same as for M.S.

Program requirements:  Successful completion of four courses from CHE 513, 529, 530, 531, and 537.

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