Master of Science in Chemical Engineering


Program Description

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field concerned with materials and processes at the heart of a broad range of technologies. Practicing chemical engineers are the experts in charge of the development and production of diverse products in traditional chemical industries as well as many emerging new technologies. The chemical engineer guides the passage of the product from the laboratory to the marketplace, from ideas and prototypes to functioning articles and processes, from theory to reality. This requires a remarkable depth and breadth of understanding of physical and chemical aspects of materials and their production. The expertise of chemical engineers is essential to production, marketing, and application in such areas as pharmaceuticals, high-performance materials in the aerospace and automotive industries, biotechnologies, semiconductors in the electronics industry, paints and plastics, petroleum refining, synthetic fibers, artificial organs, biocompatible implants and prosthetics and numerous others. Increasingly, chemical engineers are involved in new technologies employing highly novel materials whose unusual response at the molecular level endows them with unique properties. Examples include environmental technologies, emerging biotechnologies of major medical importance employing DNA- or protein-based chemical sensors, controlled-release drugs, new agricultural products, and many others.

Admission Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. Students with a background in science, mathematics, physics, biochemistry, pharmacy or another related field may be considered for application only as an exception after review by the Chemical Engineering department and generally only if their academic record is missing a few of the required courses. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission.

  • GPA required: Minimum of 3.0
  • GRE requirements: General test required

Other application requirements: Two recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application.


Students must complete all core courses (described below) and selected electives (described below) for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program. Core Courses (12 credits): The core courses provide a student with a foundation in the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering. The core courses contribute 12 points of graduate credit toward the degree. Students must complete the following:

  • CHEN E4010: Mathematical Problems in Chemical Engineering (formerly Chemical Process Analysis)Or APMA E4200: Partial Differential Equations, I
  • CHEN E4110: Transport Phenomena, III
  • CHAP E4120: Statistical Mechanics Or CHEN E4130: Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHEN E4330: Advanced Chemical Kinetics

Elective Courses (9 credits): In addition to the required four core Chemical Engineering courses listed above, students will need to complete three additional courses from the courses listed below for a total of 9 credits in Chemical Engineering or related fields such as Materials Science and Earth & Environmental Engineering. Approved courses that will fulfill this category of course requirements include (but are not limited to) the following classes. Additional courses not listed below can be applicable towards this requirement, subject to the approval of the faculty advisor.

  • APPH E4300: Applied Electrodynamics
  • APPH E4301: Introduction to Plasma Physics
  • BMCH E4810: Artificial Organs
  • CHEE E4050: Principles of Industrial & Environmental Electrochemistry
  • CHEE E4252: Introduction to Surface and Colloid Chemistry
  • CHEE E4530: Corrosion of Metals
  • CHEE E6252: Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry
  • CHEN E4520: Biocolloid Engineering Design
  • CHEN E4620: Introduction to Polymers and Soft Materials
  • CHEN E4750: The Genome and the Cell
  • CHEN E4800: Protein Engineering
  • EACH E4560: Particle Technology
  • EAEE E4003: Aquatic Chemistry
  • EAEE E4150: Air Pollution Prevention and Control
  • EAEE E4200: Production of Inorganic Materials
  • EAEE E4550: Catalysis of Emissions Control
  • EAEE E4901: Environmental Microbiology
  • EAEE E6208: Combustion Chemistry and Processes
  • ECIA E4100: Management and Development of Water Systems
  • MSAE E4090: Nanotechnology
  • MSAE E4132: Fundamentals of Polymers and Ceramics


  • MSAE E4250: Ceramics and Composites
  • MSAE E4202: Thermodynamics and Reactions in Solids
  • MSAE E4206: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids
  • MSAE E4215: Mechanical Behavior of Structural Materials
  • BMEN E4501: Tissue Engineering, I
  • BMEN E4502: Tissue Engineering, II

Free Electives (9 credits): A student must select three elective courses for a total of 9 points of graduate credit. These elective courses allow the student to pick subjects from a variety of areas within the Engineering School to complement the core program. The determination of which courses are applicable towards the elective requirements is subject to the approval of the faculty advisor. Thesis: No thesis or project is required. Students may take up to a maximum of six points of Master's Research (CHEN E9400) for credit. Those students that pursue this Master's Research typically do so after completion of the Core Course requirements.

Application Fee

  1. A processing fee of $200 is required for first-time applicants to a graduate degree program.
  2. The Graduate Student Services Office will only process applications which are submitted with an application fee. The processing fee is non-refundable. Please make the check payable to Columbia Video Network.
  3. Applications for more than one-degree program cannot be processed simultaneously.

Application Deadline

Please note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once a completed application has been received it will be processed and given to the Admissions Committee for review. Applications will be considered for the next upcoming semester's admissions cycle. For example, an application received in February will be evaluated for the upcoming Summer semester. Only completed applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.


  1. Official transcripts from each college/university you have attended or are currently attending must be submitted with the application. Transcripts must be in the original, sealed envelope.
  2. Credits which appear as transfer credits on any other transcript are not valid; an official transcript from the school where the credits were earned must be submitted.
  3. Students who have previously or are currently enrolled at Columbia University must request that copies of their transcripts be sent to CVN at Columbia Video Network, 500 W 120th St, 540 MUDD, MC 4719, New York, NY 10027
  4. The Graduate Student Services Office requests that transcripts be submitted with the application. If you foresee a delay in submitting official transcripts, please attach an unofficial set to the application. Your file may be reviewed by the department with a complete set of unofficial documents; however, you will be required to submit official transcripts before you will be formally admitted to a graduate degree program.
  5. All materials submitted in support of an application, whether official or unofficial, become the property of Columbia University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to other schools or agencies. Since your documents will not be returned, we suggest that you keep copies of any documents you may need for your personal records.

Required Exam Scores

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test results are required of all MS applicants. GRE scores are valid for 5 years.
  2. TOEFL or IELTS is required of all candidates who have not received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is the official spoken language. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
  3. All score reports must be official and sent to Graduate Admissions directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  4. The Columbia Engineering CEEB code is 2111 (not 2162 which belongs to the Graduate School of Arts and Science).

Required Documents

These application materials are designed to help individuals provide personal and academic information about themselves, which will be used to evaluate their candidacy for admission to graduate study in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Applicants can assist the Graduate Admissions office in providing prompt feedback about their application status by not submitting extraneous information which has not been requested such as excessive numbers of recommendation letters, copies of abstracts and theses, videotapes and/or photographs of research work, and secondary school transcripts. The information below indicates what items are required for a complete application.

  1. Degree application form (online)
  2. Two recommendation letters in sealed envelopes via mail, or directly from the recommender via e-mail to
  3. Official GRE general exam results
  • All score reports must be official and sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • The Columbia Engineering CEEB code is 2111
TOEFL or IELTS test results (if applicable)

One copy of official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary colleges/universities Personal/Professional Statement - a concise (not more than two pages) typewritten statement outlining your academic and professional goals Resume/Curriculum Vitae $200 Application Fee Transfer Credits Form (if applicable)

Please note: Students that begin their studies at Columbia University under non-matriculated status through CVN must continue to take all of their coursework through CVN. When applying for admission to a degree program, students must submit all of their application materials directly to Columbia Video Network for processing. Applications that are sent directly to the Office of Graduate Student Services or submitted online via the ApplyYourself Application form instead of CVN's forms will result in total forfeiture of all credits taken under non-matriculated status through CVN. All Columbia courses to be used towards a student's program must be completed via CVN. Also, note that any student taking courses under the auspices of CVN can take on-campus courses solely under the administrative guidance of CVN with advisor approval.

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