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Chemical Engineering (M.S.)

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The University of Dayton School of Engineering chemical engineering program is one of only a few universities in the nation involved in the modeling, control and automation of composite processing.

You'll develop scholarship, research and lab skills and excel in professional or continued graduate work. Our extensive course selection includes chemical, bio-sensors, chemical reactor analysis, and combustion as well as advanced work in nanomaterials and fuel cells. We also offer you special opportunities, including courses with the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, evening courses and federally funded research.

Career Outlook and Highlights

  • Our graduate chemical engineering students enjoy a nearly 100 percent placement rate.
  • With over 30,000 chemical engineering jobs in the U. S., you'll enjoy an abundant amount of career offerings.
  • We feature for sponsored research with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) as well as other regional industries.
  • For your research, our wide-range of on-campus labs include unit operations, transport phenomena and process control.

Areas of Research

  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Development and modeling of stereolithography for rapid prototyping
  • Electrochemical engineering
  • Fuel cells
  • Intelligent processing of composite materials
  • Mechanical agitation
  • Modeling of transport processes
  • Multiphase flow
  • Polymer-metal nanocomposite
  • Process modeling and control

Plan of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view sample plans of study, please reference our Academic Catalog.

A minimum of 30 semester hours. 

  • 15 credit hours — chemical engineering courses selected from an area of concentration: fuels and combustion, environmental engineering, materials engineering, process model and control, or bioengineering. 
  • 9 semester hours — engineering or basic science electives from current course offerings that are approved by the department chair.
  • 6 semester hours — thesis project. A final examination is required at the completion of the thesis. Upon the request of the student and with the approval of the faculty advisor and chair of the department, six hours of additional coursework plus three hours of special problem work may be substituted for the thesis.

Program Details

The chemical engineering program at the University of Dayton School of Engineering offers more than 20 courses with an extensive selection ranging from advanced transport phenomena to chemical reactor analysis and design. The program allows for concentrations in combustion, environmental engineering, materials engineering and others. 

Typically a full-time student completes their degree program in approximately 18 months. Most of the graduate classes are offered in the evening, which allows you to work full time while taking classes part time. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Graduate Chemical Engineering Program, Kevin Myers, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256