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Chemical Engineering - M.S.

Chemical engineering is the practice of developing new materials and energy for the benefit of humankind. Chemical engineers design, develop and operate industrial processes. The M.S. in chemical engineering is available in either a fully online format or in person.

​​Why Choose a Chemical Engineering M.S. Degree?

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Pursuing a master’s in chemical engineering will advance your career in one of the highest-paying and in-demand fields around. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for chemical engineers is expected to grow by 14 percent – much faster than average – by 2031. What’s more, Manhattan has a proven track record in getting students hired. The Chemical Engineering department reports that 90 percent of program graduates are hired within three months of graduation. Chemical engineers from the College have landed great jobs at Bristol Myers-Squibb, ExxonMobil, BP, and other leading multinational companies.

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*Salary estimate provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The biopharmaceutical classes offered at Manhattan College allowed me to acquire the basic fundamentals of the pharmaceutical industry. I am beyond grateful for my time at Manhattan College.

Jordan Hirschman ’19, Associate Scientist at Bristol-Myers-Squibb

A Curriculum Designed for Hands-On Learning

For both the online and in-person learning options, all students in the chemical engineering graduate program can choose from the following areas of study:

In addition, many students in our program elect to customize their degree by conducting research that combines their passions and academic abilities. About 50% of graduates participate in research projects, with several students publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting their work at industry conferences. Those attending courses in person are eligible to apply for research and laboratory assistantships.

Discover Professional Opportunities 

More than 90% of students who graduate from this chemical engineering master’s program gain employment within three months of graduation. Many go on to work for Air Products, ExxonMobil, L'Oreal, Merck and other top companies. Chemical engineers go on to work in the following roles: 

  • Cosmetic scientist or engineer 
  • Supply chain engineer
  • Research and development scientist or engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Product launch manager 

Build Valuable Skills

The Chemical Engineering graduate program will help you: 

  • Develop your application and optimization skills
  • Complete a design project
  • Communicate effectively, both written and spoken
  • Hone skills specific to your intended field
  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants to this program must have a bachelor’s degree from an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. There also needs to be an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, though other factors may be considered. In the case of an applicant having an undergraduate degree in another engineering or STEM program, there may be a requirement to take prerequisite courses for admission. One letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source is a required document along with an application form and transcript.

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  • Program Requirements

     Courses are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters with schedules that work with anyone already working full-time as this program is also offered 100% online. 

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  • Browse Department Faculty

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    Faculty in the chemical engineering master’s program are world-renowned for their work in the many facets of chemical engineering. They have won multiple awards for their work and have managed many of Manhattan College’s research projects, and have been involved in major projects around the U.S. This leaves this program’s students with the best guidance in the country and the mentoring they will need to excel professionally.
  • What Other Students are Asking
    Frequently asked questions students ask about the program: 
    • Can I apply to the program with a science (chemistry or biology or biochemistry) Bachelor’s degree?
      Yes!  Qualified applicants will be accepted as non-matriculated into a two-semester “bridge” program where they take five or six prerequisite courses.   After successful completion of the prerequisite courses, they are matriculated in the M.S. degree program.   Many students have successfully taken this route and are now employed as chemical engineers.
    • Can I get involved in research or do a research-based master’s degree (i.e. a thesis)?
      Yes!  Students can use either 3 or 6 elective credits to get credit for research under the supervision of department faculty.  A 3 credit “research project” would take place over 1 semester. A 6-credit thesis would be performed over 2 semesters.
    • How long does the program take to complete?
      For Manhattan undergraduates that participate in the seamless master’s program, the program can be completed in 2 semesters (1 additional year).  For all other students attending full-time, the program is typically completed in 3 or 4 semesters by taking 2 or 3 classes each semester.  For students attending part-time, the program can be completed in approximately 3 years by taking 1 or 2 classes per semester.
    • When are classes offered?
      Nearly all of our classes are offered at night (6:30 pm) or in the late afternoon to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. This allows students that are employed full-time to attend our program.  We also offer graduate classes during the summer so that students do not have to overload on credits in any one semester.
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