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Tamika Easley
Graduate Coordinator
Office:  311 Towne Building
Phone: 215-898-4427

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MSE Degree Program

Scope and Objectives

At the University of Pennsylvania, the M.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is primarily a degree for students who wish to prepare themselves for research and development activities by obtaining a more solid foundation in the principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering. At the same time, limited specialization in one of several fields, such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, control, design, bioengineering, polymer engineering, heat transfer, or computer applications is possible.


All academic standards relative to admission, performance, and requirements for degrees are the same whether the student is on a full-time or a part-time basis. Part-time students must satisfy all course requirements for the degree within eight years of the date of admission. Learn more about admissions here.

Full-time students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemical engineering are required to take at least the following undergraduate core chemical and biomolecular engineering courses during their first year:

  • CBE 231 Thermodynamics of Fluids
  • CBE 350 Fluid Mechanics
  • CBE 351 Heat and Mass Transport
  • CBE 371 Separation Processes
  • CBE 451 Chemical Reactor Design