Master’s Degree

Chemical Engineering (MSE)

Here, you'll meet your career goals through a balance of traditional courses that explore advanced techniques of chemical engineering within a flexible schedule.

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Program Overview

Customize your master's degree in chemical engineering to meet your career goals with core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction kinetics, mass transfer and applied mathematics, along with a wide range of technical electives.

All graduate classes are offered in the evening, so that you can continue to work while pursuing your degree. Some classes are also available to stream online.

If you'd like to get more involved with research or teaching, graduate assistantships are available.

Program Options

You can earn a master's of science in chemical engineering with or without a thesis. The program is tailored to meet your needs. 

  • Thesis option: If you choose to pursue a thesis, you will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as more specialized classes.
  • Non-thesis option: The 6-credit thesis is replaced with technical electives.

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As a graduate student in the chemical engineering program, you can choose to pursue an emphasis on a range of technical subjects, such as traditional chemical processing, biotechnology, environmental engineering, and engineering management.

You can also choose to complete a research thesis that applies techniques of chemical engineering or focus on experimentation or computer software development. This thesis option (8 classes) provides additional flexibility—particularly if you are pursuing a career in research and development.

You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization degree. Dual specialization is available within all engineering tracks and is often paired with Loading...

    Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration, this dual degree program gives you the inside track to emerging engineering leadership by offering technical training paired with advanced study in business and management.

    In order to pursue this dual degree, you must apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

    Learn more about the dual MSE/MBA program.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Candidates must hold a bachelor's of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited undergraduate program. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in closely related areas are also considered.
    • Candidates should hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system).
    • The GRE is required of all full-time applicants, except those in the 4+1 program, and although the GRE is optional for part-time students, it may be helpful in the evaluation of credentials. The Quantitative Score on the GRE should be in the top 40% as noted on the score results.


    The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis, but suggests 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester as a tentative deadline for application, to allow for any follow-up or additional information.

    Supplemental Materials

    Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs and the generosity of our university donors.

    More about Graduate Admissions Financial Aid

    Graduate Assistantships

    You can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship.

    Graduate students who accept the assistantship may not be employed elsewhere without prior consent of the advisor and director for graduate programs.

    The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition reimbursement is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

    Anniversary Scholarship

    The Anniversary Scholarship was created during the school's 150th anniversary to celebrate the long history of excellence in engineering education at Widener by supporting merit-based graduate scholarships for thesis students. The fund began with contributions from faculty and stand, and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors. It is not a traditional scholarship and will be awarded at the end of the year.

    Program Highlights

    Take your career to the next level with a graduate degree that confers proficiency in process analysis, synthesis, research and design.

    Top 10

    We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

    Advisory Board

    Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

    70% Funding

    offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

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    Flexibility for Working Professionals

    Graduate classes meet one night per week and are streamed over the Internet live and archived for later viewing. This gives you a direct connection to faculty, and allows you to stay up to date with coursework while traveling or when unexpected work conflicts arise.

    Chemistry Engineering Student in Lab

    Innovative Faculty Research

    Work with faculty on investigative research for major grants such as creating advanced materials, novel drug discovery, discovering antibodies to support immune cells to fight cancer, and developing novel materials to recover to rare-earth elements. Research is supported by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

    Chemical Engineerig Faculty with Student

    Personal Classroom Experience

    Small class sizes promote direct interaction with the faculty. In class you'll learn from industry experts, conduct research with faculty, and work with fellow classmates. In addition, the Graduate Program Office is always open in the evenings prior to class. 


    Meet the faculty who will help you continue to advance your career.

    Dipendu Saha
    Associate Professor

    "In dealing with the most complex and critical areas of the subjects, I always like to ask the students to adopt the process of independent thinking and analytical reasoning rather than just memorizing things, which, I believe, is the key approach to generating expertise within the students."

    C. Michael Kelly
    Chair of Chemical Engineering

    "I believe in developing the student's ability to apply the fundamental principles underlying chemical engineering to practical problems."

    Sachin P. Patil
    Associate Dean of School of Engineering

    "At Widener, we are at the forefront of combining rigorous academics with experiential learning, and accordingly we train you in applying the unique chemical engineering knowledge to a wide variety of fields, ranging from chemicals and petrochemicals to more modern applications in bioengineering, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals."

    Your Inside Track to Success

    Your Inside Track to Success

    Here, you'll get a state-of-the-art experience working in two instructional laboratories, which are equipped with modern equipment that supports group and individual assignments, as well as chemical engineering processes for unit operations.

    Recent Employers & Industry Connections

    • Dow Chemical
    • Exelon
    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • Merck
    • Sunoco

    Outlook & Outcomes

    Potential Careers

    • Biofuels
    • Chemicals
    • Environmental 
    • Research
    • Petroleum and petrochemicals
    • Pharmaceutical 

    Industry Growth

    The demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries. Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from now to 2026. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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    Financial Aid

    At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and other sources of aid can make obtaining your degree possible.

    Next steps to apply

    We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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