Chemical Engineering, Master of Science Degree
The master's degree in chemical engineering combines upper-level coursework with the opportunity to conduct research on a topic within chemical engineering and write a thesis. To earn the master's degree, students must complete requirements in three main areas:
- Core coursework: Core coursework requirements can be found in the course catalog.
- Elective coursework: These courses will be selected with the help of your advisory committee.
- Thesis: You must write and defend a thesis that is approved by your advisory committee.
You will develop an individualized program of study with your advisory committee. The program of study describes the specific courses, research and related activities you will take to meet your degree requirements. We recommended that you develop a program of study as soon as possible upon arriving at the University.
When you start your program, you may be assigned a temporary advisor. However, you should select a general research area, full advisory committee and thesis advisor sometime during the first semester.
Advisory or examining committees consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty: two from your area of specialization, and one from a department outside Chemical and Materials Engineering. The committee is very important in guiding your progress toward an advanced degree, and high priority should be placed on forming the committee during the first semester. You are free to change advisors or committee members at any time.
Searching the General Catalog
The University maintains all of its official academic information in the General Course Catalog. When visiting the General Course Catalog, users are recommended to use the search box in the upper-right area of the website. It is also helpful to narrow your search using the following options from the drop-down menu:
- Entire Catalog: This option will perform a keyword search over all information in the catalog.
- Courses: This option will perform a keyword search over the names and descriptions of individual courses offered by the University.
- Programs: This option will perform a keyword search over the names and descriptions of degree programs offered by the University.
- Hierarchy Items: This option will perform a keyword search over the names of University units, including colleges, departments and centers.
Applicants to the master's degree program should have an undergraduate degree in engineering. Applicants without a chemical engineering degree may submit an application; however, they should expect to take prerequisite undergraduate chemical engineering courses to become eligible for graduate coursework in the program.
In general, students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher should be successful in the master's degree program in chemical engineering and are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
For more information
Please direct any further questions to Graduate Program Director Hongfei Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to the program should apply through The Graduate School website. Every applicant needs to provide the following:
- Official GRE scores, sent directly to the graduate school
- TOEFL scores, for non-native English speakers
- At least two reference letters
- Statement of purpose
Students in the master's degree program are eligible to be considered for teaching or research assistantships. Applicants to the program will be considered for available funding, and awards are made on the basis of your academic achievements and potential for graduate success.
The University offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Visit the graduate housing website to learn more about living at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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