Chemical engineering

The graduate program in chemical engineering at Wayne State University is designed to provide students with various opportunities to develop advanced competence in traditional and modern chemical engineering science to solve challenging problems. The program attracts high-quality and enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds, such as chemical engineering, (bio)chemistry, biology, polymer engineering and energy engineering. Active research areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, product and process systems engineering, and sustainable engineering. The Ph.D. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for independent research careers in industry or academia. The M.S. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for a variety of career paths, and/or a coursework-based degree that provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through accomplishing elective courses.

For more information, please contact:

Zhiqiang Cao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Office: 313-577-3121 (ENG 1123)

For questions about your application, please contact a Graduate Program Coordinator.

Admissions and degree requirements

Chemical engineering (M.S. program)

The Master of Science program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and other mathematics-based sciences. The program is designed to accommodate those students employed in local industries, as well as full-time students, by offering a majority of its courses in the evening.

Regular admission requires a 3.0 grade point average or the equivalent as determined by the department graduate officer.

This Master of Science degree is offered under the following options:

  • Plan A: 30 credits including an six-credit thesis
  • Plan C: 30 credits of course work

Degree requirements

Both options require the following core courses: CHE 7100, 7200, 7300, and 7400. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the college governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Academic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively.

Chemical Engineering (Combined B.S./M.S. for students with a B.S. in chemistry)

This program is designed for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate in chemistry from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students are first admitted into the undergraduate program and are then eligible to earn both the B.S. in chemical engineering and, once admitted to the Graduate School, the M.S. degree. Evaluation of prerequisite requirements and applicable transfer credit will be determined by the departmental advisor.

Degree Requirements

A combined total of sixty-three credits is required: a minimum of thirty-three credits for the second baccalaureate and thirty credits for the master's degree.

Undergraduate course requirements: BE 1500, CHE 2800, CHE 3300, CHE 3100, CHE 3400, CHE 3600, CHE 3800, CHE 4200, CHE 4600, CHE 4800

Graduate course requirements: CHE 5050, CHE 6570, CHM 5440, CHE 7100, CHE 7200, CHE 7300, CHE 7400, 8 credits of technical electives (maximum 3 transfer credits of 5000 level chemistry)

Dual registration required when enrolling in both UG and G courses simultaneously during any given semester

UG degree can be awarded upon completion of all UG degree requirements and graduate equivalent of UG requirements: CHE 6570, CHE 5050, CHM 5440

For additional information regarding specific course requirements, contact the departmental advisor.

Plan of work