MSE Degree Requirements

Students Entering Fall 2013 and Later

MSE students entering Fall 2013 and later* are required to take ten courses to graduate: (3 core, 1 math and 6 electives)

  • Students are required to take 3 core courses (CBE 618, 621, 640) and one math course (usually ENM 510).
  • With the exceptions given below; the electives can be chosen from any courses in engineering or the sciences at a level of 500 or above. Of the 4 elective courses, students may take two Independent Study (597) course units with a letter grade or two written Thesis (599) course units with an S grade. Two electives must be from CBE.
  • Permission is required from the department for either 597 or 599.
  • No more than two of the electives can be taken from the following list:
    • ESE 540: Engineering Economics
    • ESE 544: Project Management
    • ESE 504: Intro to Optimization Theory
    • EAS 500: Tech Comm in Eng Prac
    • EAS 501: Energy & its Impact
    • EAS 503: Energy Systems & Policy
    • EAS 505: Climate Policy & Tech
    • EAS 510: Tech Comm & Acad Writing
    • EAS 545 Eng Entrepreneurship
    • EAS 546 Eng Entrepreneurship
    • EAS 590: Commercializing Tech
    • CIT 590:  Programming Languages and Techniques
    • CIT 592:  Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
  • Courses from the Wharton School, including (STAT, MGMT, or OPIM), IPD or ECON will not be counted towards the MSE degree

*Requirements for students entereing before Fall 2013 can be found here.

CBE Core Requirements

Course number



ENM 510

Foundations of Engineering Mathematics I


CBE 618

Advanced Molecular Thermodynamics


CBE 621

Kinetics and Reactor Design


CBE 640

Transport Processes I



Departmental courses are recommended. 
*Two Elective Courses are required  to be from CBE*



Program Duration:

  • MSE students must register for at least three course units per semester to maintain full-time status.  This is especially important for international students to maintain their visa status.
  • Full-time master’s students can complete their degrees in one to two years.  In order to complete the degree in one year, it is necessary to take four course units in both the fall and spring semesters, with two course units during the summer session. 

Transferring Courses

Petition for transfer of up to two course units of graduate credit from other schools or from an undergraduate record (provided the credits were not used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements) may be made to the Chair of the Graduate Group Committee after one term's attendance.

GPA Requirement

Grades given in graduate engineering courses are A, B, C, D, F, and I. The I (Incomplete) is a temporary grade which is changed to a letter grade when the course requirements have been completed. A grade average of at least B must be kept to remain in good standing. Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than chemical engineering receiving a grade of C or below in any required undergraduate course will be asked to withdraw. It should be emphasized that merely passing all graduate courses does not obligate the University to grant a degree. Successful candidates for the MSE degree must be recommended as such by the Graduate Group Committee.