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2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 10, 2023
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Dual Degree, MS

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A program of study is available in which a student may pursue a dual degree between chemical engineering and petroleum engineering. At least 48 credits are required, including the fundamental courses in the two areas. Both thesis and non-thesis options are possible. The required chemical engineering courses are:

Additional requirements for the Dual Degree MS, non-thesis options:

  • 3 course credits in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering coursework
  • PETE 2211 - RESERVOIR SIMULATION  and 6 additional course credits from the approved list (as specified in the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering) of graduate offerings in engineering or geology

Additional requirements for Dual Degree MS with thesis:

MS Final Examination

A final review (oral defense) of the MS Thesis must be conducted by the thesis committee in order to determine the acceptability of the thesis.  The committee consists of the student’s major advisor and two (2) other members of the faculty.


No single course can be used to satisfy both a core requirement and elective requirement.

Students without a BS degree in engineering must take, in addition, either the online “bridging course” offered in Jan (1st class) and May (2nd class) by Michigan State University (see for details about the bridging courses ChE 804 and 805) or the ChE Bridging Program offered by Pitt during the summer term. Neither of these courses can serve as an elective nor core course substitute in the dual MS in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering required courses. Students who do not have an undergraduate engineering degree are also required to take ChE 0613 (senior-level) “Systems Engineering 2: Process Design” prior to graduating with an MS degree.

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