M.Eng. Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The M.Eng. curriculum is rooted in chemical engineering electives and an immersive project component, which makes it a highly flexible degree program. Choose which courses are most relevant to your career goals and focus.

Core requirements and components

There are no specific courses required, but there are certain types of credit hours that need to be fulfilled in order to earn your M.Eng. in chemical engineering. The M.Eng. program is typically completed in two semesters. 

The requirements below assume that you have an undergraduate degree or significant experience in chemical engineering. If you’re interested in the M.Eng. in chemical engineering, but don’t necessarily have the background to meet admissions requirements, you may be able to take additional courses to get up to speed prior to, or during, the M.Eng curriculum.

Specific requirements are:

  • EngrD2190 Mass & Energy Balances (Fall)
  • ChemE3130 Thermodynamics (Fall)
  • ChemE3230 Fluid Mechanics (Spring)
  • ChemE3240 Heat and Mass Transfer (Fall)
  • ChemE3900 Reaction Kinetics & Reactor Design (Spring)

Fluid Mechanics and Heat & Mass courses may be waived by completing similar courses during your undergrad. 

You are encouraged to communicate directly with the Program Directors to determine how specific requirements apply to your individual situation.

M.Eng. in chemical engineering degree requirements:

  • A total of 30 credits or more of 5000-level (or above) coursework is required. Only courses that are 5000-level or above can be counted toward your degree.
  • At least 12 credits must be CHEME electives along with 6 credits across other departments directed towards the students focused path of interest
  • A cohort based professional development course offered in fall team which is a pre-requisite for the MEng. project. (3 credits)
  • A business practice elective (3 credits)
  • An Environmental and Societal Impact elective (3 credits)
  • An immersive M.Eng. project of at least 3 credits

Note: Up to 2 credits may be taken with the S/U grade option, and a GPA of at least 2.5 is required to be in good standing in the M.Eng. program. All courses of study require approval by the program director.

Business practice and environmental societal impact electives

In their careers, M.Eng. graduates will benefit from knowledge of business practices and environmental and societal impact. All M.Eng. students must complete at least 3 credits (by taking one course worth 3 credits or a combination of courses for a total of 3 credits) in each of these areas. 

This requirement may be waived if you can demonstrate relevant academic or industrial experience in one or both of these areas. 

M.Eng. project requirement

A key component of the M.Eng. program is completion of a capstone immersive project that exemplifies knowledge acquired throughout the program. The team based projects are typically corporate sponsored and focused on start-up or “Big Company” or can be company facing self-defined (must be first approved by the Director). The M.Eng. project is conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member. You will earn between 3 and 6 credits for your project work—its pace, start time, final report format, and appropriate credit hours will be decided in consultation with your project mentor and the sponsoring company. 

In order to replicate real-world scenarios and implications, M.Eng. projects will be team based and incorporate a financial analysis and feasibility study component. This requirement—based in project management principles—builds your skills in teamwork, leadership, effective communication skills, and design aspects of industrially relevant processes and products.

CBE M.Eng. Project Examples