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.
You can earn your master of science in engineering degree with or without a thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as advanced technical electives in chemical processing, biotechnology, environmental engineering, and engineering management. Students following the thesis option will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. Those not pursuing thesis will replace the 6-credit thesis with two technical electives.
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You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization. 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.
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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 for full-time applicants, except those applying to the 4+1 program. Although the GRE is optional for part-time applicants, 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. Eligible full-time applicants may be waived from the GRE requirement.
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.
A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by WES.
Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores
Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs.
Eligible students can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship. The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition assistance is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
Two state-of-the-art instructional laboratories are equipped with modern equipment that supports assignments, as well as chemical engineering processes for unit operations.
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
Outlook & Outcomes
Petroleum and petrochemicals
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 6 percent from now to 2028. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics