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Chemical Engineering, M.S.

Course Description


The Master of Science degree program in the Department of Chemical Engineering is available to individuals who have completed a BS degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely allied field. The MS program's technical content and research component prepares the individual to enter the profession with advanced engineering skills.
Graduate students pursuing the MS degree develop a program of study tailored to their objectives and complete a master's thesis. Research topics in the areas of electric field-based processes and systems, biological engineering processes and systems, molecularly-based engineered materials and interfacial systems, and computational mathematics are among those available.
The faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering actively participates in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Engineering. Admission to the doctoral program is open to individuals with outstanding academic records and potential for original research. The departmental faculty and graduate students work cooperatively with the three State funded Centers of Excellence: two within the College of Engineering and one under the Office of Research & Economic Development.

Graduate Program

The Department of Chemical Engineering at TTU blends scholarship and research with advanced course work, providing excellent opportunities to graduate students to work towards solving some of the many global challenges faced by society. Our program offers an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Chemical Engineering. The relatively small size of the program and friendly campus atmosphere promote close interaction among students and faculty. Research is sponsored by NSF, DOE, NASA, DOD, and state and private sources among others. As we have been moving to a higher level of research excellence, students are receiving national accolades and some are entering the program with prestigious international fellowships from their governments and/or from international organizations. Faculty members work closely with colleagues in Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, and Manufacturing and Engineering Technology at TTU, as well as maintain strong collaboration with TTU’s Centers of Excellence and other leading institutions and national laboratories to build a unique and effective environment for graduate student research, learning, and well-rounded training.
Anchored by its very successful Biomolecular Engineering Concentration and the recent hiring of three full time faculty members with expertise in bio-related areas, the program has an excellent focus in Biotechnology (e.g., Protein Engineering, Cancer Research, Proteomics, Biomolecular Medicine, and Bioseparations) with a blend of experimental and computational modeling approaches being pursued. This effort is enhanced by research in Materials, including cement, bio-gels, batteries and fuel cells, at both nano and molecular scales. Research opportunities in Environmental Areas (e.g., Advanced Oxidation and Electrokinetics-based Soil Cleaning, among others) are also available. The department participates in the Advanced Manufacturing and Environmental Proteomics Areas of Strategic Focus of the TTU College of Engineering.
The Department also welcomes qualified students with non-chemical engineering undergraduate degrees. As examples, degrees in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Engineering, and Biochemistry are excellent background preparations to be involved in graduate level research in our department.

Research Opportunities

The chemical engineering department offers outstanding opportunities in cutting-edge research for graduate students, including:
• Electric field-based processes and systems
• Nanoscale-based engineered materials and systems
• Biological-based processes and systems
• Computational mathematics and modeling
• Engineering education
Tennessee Tech’s research efforts are closely conducted in collaboration with professionals from the three Centers of Excellence (Center for Manufacturing Research, Center for Energy Systems Research, and Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources), as well as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:
*undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale,
*GRE® General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 50%; Verbal greater than or equal to 33%; Analytical *Writing greater than or equal to 33%. Students with BS degrees in related fields from TTU are not required to take the GRE.
*Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
*Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
*Participation in undergraduate research.
*Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
*Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
*International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 5.5 on the IELTS.

Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Visit the Chemical Engineering, M.S. page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. (See Admission Requirements for further details). International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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