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One-year, Non-thesis Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Quickly gain a competitive edge for industry employment

Our one-year, non-thesis master of science in chemical engineering program is ideal for engineers who wish to, in as little as one year:

  • Gain a deeper knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals and explore research opportunities.
  • Cultivate their expertise in areas such as: thermodynamics, reactor/reaction kinetics, and transport, while also taking elective courses in related fields of study.
  • Take advantage of our nationally ranked career services department.
  • Use their master’s degree experience as an exceptional stepping stone to chemical engineering doctoral programs.
  • Study in a supportive environment with access to expert faculty advisers, established graduate student organizations, and Penn State’s nationally recognized Career Services office.

Sample Academic Plan

Semester 1: Fall

CHE 524: Chemical Engineering Application of Thermodynamics (3 cr.)

CHE 535: Chemical Reaction Engineering (3 cr.)

CHE 544: General Transport Phenomena (3 cr.)

CHE 500-level Graduate Elective (3 cr.)

CHE 590: Colloquium (1 cr.)

Total: 13 Credits

Semster 2: Spring

CHE 500-level Graduate Elective (3 cr.)

ENGR/SCI Elective (3 cr.)

ENGR/SCI Elective (3 cr.)

CHE 590: Colloquium (1 cr.)

CHE 596: Individual Studies (3 cr.)

Total: 13 Credits

Semester 3: Summer

CHE 596: Individual Studies (4 cr.)

Total: 4 Credits

Application Deadline

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



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

Phone: 814-865-2574