One-year, non-thesis Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - M.S.

For students wishing to gain a competitive edge in industry, our non-thesis M.S. program can be completed in as little as one year!

Our program is ideal for engineers who wish to gain a deeper knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals and explore research opportunities. Students are able to cultivate their expertise in areas such as: thermodynamics, reactor/reaction kinetics, and transport, while also taking elective courses in related fields of study. The program culminates with a written research paper and presentation.  

Upon graduation, all Penn State students are encouraged to take advantage of our nationally ranked career services department. The  M.S. experience is also an exceptional stepping-stone that individuals may use to apply to chemical engineering Ph.D. programs.

Sample Academic Plan - Non-Thesis M.S.
Semester 1 Fall 13 credits total
CH E 524 Chemical Engineering Application of Thermodynamics 3 credits
CH E 535 Chemical Reaction Engineering 3 credits
CH E 544 General Transport Phenomena 3 credits
CH E 500 Level Graduate Elective 3 credits
CH E 590 Colloquium 1 credit
Semster 2 Spring 13 credits total
CH E 500 Level Graduate Elective 3 credits
ENGR/SCI Elecitve Elective 3 credits
ENGR/SCI Elective Elective 3 credits
CH E 590 Colloquium 1 credit
CH E 596 Independent Study 3 credits
Semester 3 Summer 4 credits total
CH E 596 Independent Study 4 credits

Application Deadline

April 15, 2019

*Consideration of applications for the M.S. program will begin February 1 and continue on a rolling basis until April 15.

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Contact Information 

Ali Borhan
Professor of Chemical Engineering
M.S. Program Coordinator

Christian Pester
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Xueyi Zhang
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Seong Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator

Cathy Krause
Graduate Staff Assistant




The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574