Chemical Engineering (M.S.)

Chemical Engineering (M.S.) | Graduate

Our Chemical Engineering graduates are prepared to enter diverse areas of chemical engineering or to pursue advanced studies at the doctoral level in chemical engineering or related disciplines. Our graduate students advance the field, from developing more energy-efficient solar cells to ensuring the safe delivery of medical technology.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemical Engineering at Howard's Graduate School is designed for students interested in studying biochemical, environmental, and materials process engineering, among other related fields. Our program will prepare you, like many of our graduate alums, for a career in research, government, and industry, including in biotechnology, pharmaceutics, consumer products, manufacturing, and renewable energy. Other graduates go on to pursue further study at the doctoral level. You'll gain a solid foundation in the fundamental concepts of chemical engineering (thermodynamics, material and energy balances, and kinetics) and practical training in theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques, including fluid mechanics, process simulation, genetic analysis, biomolecule synthesis, and optimization. The program's core areas of strength include energy and design for sustainability, nanotechnology, biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, chemical reaction engineering, transport phenomena, process control and design, and applied mathematics for chemical engineers. You'll enjoy the close mentorship of faculty who are experts in wide-ranging fields, including hazardous waste remediation, biopolymers, bioengineering, fluid and thermal sciences, environmental engineering, dynamics of reacting systems, nanotechnology, and computational science. You'll also enjoy a highly collegial atmosphere and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research funded by private and public sector agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and ExxonMobil. 

Program Snapshot

      ❱  32 credit hours 

      ❱  Full-time

      ❱  On-campus format

      ❱  Degree: M.S. 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Nov. 15, 2023 (final deadline)

Fall 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)

      ❱  Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)

      ❱  Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee)


Dr. Preethi Chandran

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Patrick Ymele-Leki

Department Chair

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.S.

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission   

  • Online EngineeringCAS application 
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest (500-1,000 words)
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to EngineeringCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement (500-750 words)

GRE Required?

  • No

GRE Preferred Minimums

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Friend
  • Family Member
  • Coworker
  • Clergy
  • Other