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Degree Programs

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's graduate programs are centered around the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, and the majority of our students are doctoral candidates. Our department also offers two Master's degree programs (Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Engineering) geared toward practicing engineers interested in expanding their knowledge, who generally come with financial support from their employers. Students choose one of these three degree programs (Ph.D., M.S.E., M.Eng.) at the time of application.

The Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate a broad grasp of chemical engineering through general examinations, and through approval of a proposal outlining the plan for dissertation research. Students with a particular interest in materials science and engineering may elect to pursue the Ph.D. in Chemical and Materials Engineering, which incorporates the graduate curriculum developed by the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). For either Ph.D. degree, satisfactory completion of 12 courses, including five core courses in Chemical and Biological Engineering, is required. An introductory teaching experience is provided to each Ph.D. candidate through a semester's service as a teaching assistant. Financial support is extended to all Ph.D. students, through the payment of tuition charges and a competitive stipend extending for up to five years of study.

The M.S.E. Program

The M.S.E. is a research-based master's degree, culminating in an M.S.E. thesis describing the student's original research. Each candidate's experience is broadened through satisfactory completion of six graduate courses in Chemical and Biological Engineering. The typical duration of M.S.E. study is 18 to 24 months; students admitted in candidacy for the M.S.E. degree typically have support from their employers or from external fellowships.

The M.Eng. Program

The M.Eng. is a coursework-based master's degree offered to practicing engineers. Eight graduate-level courses must be completed for the M.Eng. degree, at least six of which must be in technical subjects; the remainder can include courses in policy, economics, or finance. Students admitted in candidacy for the M.Eng. degree will always have external support, typically from their employers. The M.Eng. degree may also be pursued part-time by staff from the many nearby industrial laboratories.