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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Chemical Engineering (Professional Engineer Program), MSCHe

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Students who wish to pursue advanced study in chemical engineering may apply for admission to the Professional Engineer Program. It differs from the regular MS program in two important respects:

  1. Course work replaces the MS thesis requirement.
  2. The student completes a 3-credit special project course, CHE 2910 , during their last term in the program. This course could be satisfied, for example, by a project with a faculty member, or a project based on their professional work (for engineers currently working in industry) for which a faculty member agrees to serve as advisor. Submission of a term paper, which is completed under the advisement of a member of the faculty, is required.

A minimum of 31 credit hours of course work is required.

These must include the five core courses and elective courses listed below.


Up to 6 credit hours may be elected in approved graduate course offerings outside the department (denoted by XX, above); approvals are granted by the ChE Vice Chair for Graduate Education. Students who wish to enter this program should first apply for admission to graduate study in chemical engineering. Once admitted, students can then request admission to the Professional Engineer Program.

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). In addition, students must take ChE 0613 (senior-level) “Systems Engineering 2: Process Design” prior to graduating with the MS, offered in the spring and summer terms. Neither of these courses can serve as an elective nor core course substitute in the MS in Chemical Engineering required courses.

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