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Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering provides a broad and strong foundation which prepares graduates for entry into all areas of chemical engineering or pursuit of advanced degrees in chemical engineering and other disciplines. Our graduates are highly sought after.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers studies leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. This degree requires 24 credit hours of course work; 6 credit hours for the thesis; and a written thesis and an oral defense. Students must maintain a B average overall in course work and pass the "Proficiency in Expository Writing" examination, administered by the Graduate School. The program offers advanced coursework in chemical reaction engineering, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, process control, process design and applied mathematics for chemical engineers. Research interests of the faculty include hazardous waste remediation, biopolymers, biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, fluid and thermal sciences, environmental engineering, process control and design, numerical analysis, combustion and incineration, dynamics of reacting systems and electronic materials processing. Graduate students work closely with faculty to design research programs suitable to their talents and interests. 

All graduate courses offered by the department.

Admission Requirements

Admission and residency in the graduate program in Chemical Engineering are guided by the General Admission Requirement and Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees in the Graduate School. Students are strongly encouraged to consult and familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations.

Applications to the Department of African Studies are evaluated on the following considerations:

  1. The applicant’s official transcripts.
  2. Applicants with a B.A. or B.Sc. from an accredited university and a minimum average of 3.0 are eligible for admission into the M.A. degree program. Applicants with a B.A. or B.Sc. degree who wish to do a Ph.D. must first complete the M.A. degree program prior to applying for the Ph.D.
  3. Applicants with an M.A. degree from an accredited university and a minimum average of 3.5 are eligible for admission into the Ph.D. degree program.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from members of the academic community familiar with the applicant’s academic performance.
  5. An autobiographical sketch and statement of purpose indicating his/her desire to join the graduate program in the Department of African Studies. The Department concentrates in the following three areas (1) Development and Public Policy (2) Africa in World Affairs (3) Language, Literature and the Arts.
  6. TheGraduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Categories of Admission

  1. Degree Student-Regular: Student who holds the required University degree(s) and who meets the department’s admission criteria.
  2. Degree Student-Provisional: A student who does not meet the requirements for regular student, but, who, on other grounds, the Committee concludes, is capable of completing a graduate program, may be accepted on a provisional basis. The student shall be limited to take 6 credits. It is recommended that most credits be taken from the core courses of the program. After completing these courses, the Graduate Studies Committee shall review the student’s academic performance. The student will be notified of the final decision within four weeks. If a student is admitted as a regular student, the 6 credit hours will be applied to the student’s course requirements.

To apply, click HERE for information on procedures and forms

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above you must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts, final certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, and must show proof of degree(s) earned, courses taken and marks/grades received. Also, ALL transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services ( or AACRAO ( and be forwarded to Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.
  • If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official translated copy.
  • All documents must bear the same name that appears on the admissions application unless an official document so submitted indicating a change of name.
  • TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 213 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date) TOEFL scores must be sent directly from ETS (HU code: 5297).
  • The TOEFL test is not required if you received a degree in the U.S.
  • Statement of Financial Resources Form – A completed form that verifies proof of financial support (sufficient funds to cover expenses for one full year - $29,132 in US Dollars only) and supporting financial documentation indicating sources of funds while attending Howard University (such as a certified bank statement dated within three months of registration).
  • Verification of six months history with bank.
Degree Requirements

Special Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include 24 semester hours of course work, six hours of thesis, successful completion of masters thesis, and an oral thesis defense. Of the 24 credits of course work, twelve must be chosen from a core program and twelve are electives. A maximum of six credits of the electives may be taken outside the chemical engineering department with the consent of the student's adviser. It is expected that the electives will be graduate level courses.

A thesis is required of every master's degree candidate. Each candidate is required to pass a final oral examination in defense of the thesis. This examination is based on the field of research, the field of research investigation conducted, and related areas of study.