Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.)

Chemical Engineering (M.Eng.)

Chemical Engineering Master's Student

Why get a Master of Engineering in chemical engineering? 

Earning a master’s degree can be the key to unlocking your career potential or entering the world of entrepreneurship. In fact, earning an advanced degree in chemical engineering can translate into more than $15,000 annually in salary compared to those with an undergraduate degree alone. UNH’s M.Eng in chemical engineering will provide you with advanced training and experience in one of the many areas, including bioengineering, electrochemical engineering, advanced materials, reaction and energy engineering, as well as environmental engineering. The master’s degree program concludes with an engineering project, often with an industrial sponsor. 

Why choose UNH’s chemical engineering program? 

Our chemical engineering program is leading the way thanks to state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning faculty members and cutting-edge research. Our professors have won National Science Foundation CAREER awards. They are working to save lives and improve our quality of life through initiatives such as the NH BioMade project, which seeks to advance research on biomaterials, and an effort to design novel therapies and treatments for diabetes by running biomolecular simulations on the world’s fastest supercomputer. The department hosts a robust seminar series schedule to provide additional opportunities to learn and network within the field. 

Potential career areas 

  • Biochemical and biomedical engineering 
  • Biotechnology  
  • Energy engineering 
  • Industrial chemicals 
  • Petroleum and petrochemicals 
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicine  
  • Plastics and textiles 
  • Pollution abatement

Contact

Chemical Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall, Room W301
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-3654  
Fax: (603) 862-3747

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Curriculum & Requirements

Earning a master’s degree can be the key to unlocking your career potential or entering the world of entrepreneurship. In fact, earning an advanced degree in chemical engineering can translate into more than $15,000 annually in salary compared to those with an undergraduate degree alone. UNH’s M.Eng in chemical engineering will provide you with advanced training and experience in one of the many areas, including bioengineering, electrochemical engineering, advanced materials, reaction and energy engineering, as well as environmental engineering. The master’s degree program concludes with an engineering project, often with an industrial sponsor. 

M.Eng. Admission Requirements

An applicant to the master of engineering program will have completed a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering. Students with good undergraduate records but with deficiencies in certain areas may be admitted on condition that they complete specified courses without credit to make up for their deficiencies. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. International students are required to submit TOEFL test scores. IELTS scores are accepted on a case­-by-­case basis, and students must have a minimum score of 6.5.

Master of Engineering Degree Requirements

A master of engineering degree is a professional degree for chemical engineers. A minimum of 30 credits, which must include:

Required Courses
CHE 900Seminar 12
CHE 923Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 932Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics3
CHE 940Advanced Transport Phenomena3
Electives
Select 19 credits of course work 2, 319
CHE 898Chemical Engineering Project3-6
1

 Students should register for CHE 900 for 1 credit each in their first two semesters and CHE 900 for 0 credits each additional semester until their degree is granted.

2

Can be made up of electives offered by the department or college. In addition, courses taken within the UNH School of Law, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and the Paul College of Business and Economics can apply with approval. Electives must be assessed with a letter grade and cannot be pass/fail. Students take electives after consulting with their advisers. Can be made up of electives offered by the department or college. In addition, courses taken within the UNH School of Law, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and the Paul College of Business and Economics can apply with approval. Electives must be assessed with a letter grade and cannot be pass/fail. Students take electives after consulting with their advisers. Students who don’t register for CHE 898 Chemical Engineering Project must take at least one elective course, which requires the student to take additional work and the completion of scholar report, paper, or essay to fulfill the capstone experience requirement for a Master's degree.  This scholar report, paper, or essay must be submitted to the course instructor, Chair of the department, and graduate coordinator for their approval.

3

For Accelerated MEng students who have been enrolled in the UNH Chemical Engineering Department undergraduate programs, no more than two 800- or 900-level courses taken during their senior year can be counted toward their MEng degree requirement.

  • The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments safely, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and solve chemical engineering problems.
  • The ability to design a process that meets desired specifications with consideration of environmental, safety, economic and ethical criteria.
  • An appreciation of contemporary issues relevant to chemical engineering.
  • Completed the UNH general education/Discovery program and obtained a broad education useful to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • The ability to use computers effectively for engineering practice.
  • An appreciation of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • The ability to communicate effectively.
  • Skills to search for information in the library and on the internet.
  • These skills will be used in their pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • The capacity of function and work effectively alone and in a team environment.

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: VT

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload an official copy of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Accelerated Master's applicants are not required to submit GRE test scores and will be waived after the application has been submitted by the Graduate School.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit our extended inquiry form before submitting a full application. The extended inquiry form will be reviewed by the academic faculty and a department representative will reach out if your background and qualifications are a good fit for the program. 

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

International applicants to this program with low TOEFL scores may be eligible for our Bridge Program.

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