The M.S.E. is a research-based master’s degree, culminating in an M.S.E. thesis describing the student’s original research. Each candidate’s experience is broadened through satisfactory completion of six graduate courses in Chemical and Biological Engineering. The typical duration of M.S.E. study is 18 to 24 months; students admitted in candidacy for the M.S.E. degree typically have support from their employers or from external fellowships.
Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate a broad grasp of chemical engineering through general examinations, and through approval of a proposal outlining the plan for dissertation research. Students with a particular interest in materials science and engineering may elect to pursue the Ph.D. in Chemical and Materials Engineering, which incorporates the graduate curriculum developed by the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).