Our graduate program is primarily a PhD program, with a limited number of MChE students admitted without funding (i.e., industrial, part-time masters students). Currently, admission to our PhD program includes full financial support. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers two options for graduate education leading to a Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE) Degree. Our thesis option requires 6 credit hours of thesis work and 24 credit hours of course work and is designed for full-time graduate students in residence. Our course option requires 30 credits of course work and is designed for engineers who are studying part-time.

The faculty member supervising the thesis research will act as an advisor for students in the thesis option. The Department’s graduate student advisor will act as an advisor to all students in the course work option.

Both options require 10 credits (three courses) of core courses in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering fundamentals: Thermodynamics (CHEG 825, 3 credits), Applied Chemical Kinetics (CHEG 835, 3 credits), and Advanced Transport Phenomena (CHEG 845, 4 credits). Students must also fulfill CHEG 831 and 841 (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Principles I and II). The Department offers numerous technical electives in all areas of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and up to six credits of electives may be taken in suitable courses outside Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Search course descriptions.

A 3.0 GPA must be maintained throughout the program for both the thesis and course options.

General Admissions Requirements

  • Students must satisfy the general graduate admission requirements of the College of Engineering but satisfaction of these minimum requirements in no way guarantees admission.
  • A baccalaureate degree in the field or in a closely allied field of science or mathematics.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average in engineering, science, and mathematics courses of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum of three letters of strong support from former teachers or supervisors.
  • For Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering applicants, the scholastic index of 3.0 in the major field is computed from the previous undergraduate work.

    We encourage candidates with research experience (undergraduate as well as industrial), as well as those with practical industrial experience after the baccalaureate degree to apply.

Fee waiver requests

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to our program, including those from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM and in research areas of great national need. To eliminate potential barriers to applying, requests for waiving the graduate application fee for domestic applicants can be sent to

  • The email should include i) a brief statement about research interests, ii) rationale for fee waiver request, and iii) a copy of CV including GPA.
  • Requests for fee waivers will receive a response within 10 business days; inquiries about original fee waiver request should not be sent until after this period of time has elapsed.
  • UD offices will be closed December 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022 and fee waiver requests received during this time will not receive a response until January 7, 2022 or after.
  • We are not able to offer fee waivers for international applicants at this time.
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