M.S. In Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University offers both full-time and part-time programs of study leading to the MS ChE degree. Programs leading to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree have been developed for the following specializations: Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, and Semiconductors and Polymer Processing. Other specialized programs can be developed through consultation between the graduate advisor and student.

We offer Masters in Chemical Engineering Degree with Thesis in Biotechnology/Biochemical Engineering. Please contact Dr. Melanie A. McNeil for more information.

The program of study, which may involve either the thesis or non-thesis option, provides a balanced program of advanced study of chemical engineering principles with emphasis on both fundamental and applied aspects of the areas considered. The core program is complemented by a variety of advanced technical electives, allowing the program to be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual.

The program of study normally involves the thesis option, with opportunities for research under the direction of a faculty advisor. Late afternoon and early evening classes are regularly scheduled for the convenience of employed engineers who wish to pursue graduate work on a part-time basis.

The Department of Chemical Engineering currently has research projects in the areas of biokinetics, vapor-liquid equilibria, suspensions, reaction kinetics, catalysis, bioremediation, and semiconductor processing including dry wafer cleaning. Project activity is sponsored by local industries as well as by government funding agencies.

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Program Brochure [pdf]

Curriculum Overview


Emphasis in Biochemical Engineering

CME Graduate Advising

CME Graduate English Writing Requirement

CME Graduate Transition Courses

Application Process and Deadlines

Chemical Engineering Program Objectives

Admission Notes

  • The ChE MS Program does not currently require the GRE
  • International students are required to pass the TOEFL or IELTS with a score equal or above shown below.
    • TOEFL: 575 (Paper Based), 240 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)
    • IELTS: 7.5
  • The ChE MS Program considers students who have a ChE BS degree or closely related engineering or science BS degree with a GPA of 2.7 or above in the major courses.
  • Students with a US ChE BS degree are admitted to classified standing if they have a GPA in the major of 3.0, or better or they are admitted to conditionally classified standing if they have a GPA in the major between 2.7 and 2.99.
  • Students who meet the GPA requirement and have a BS degree in a closely-related engineering or science discipline and/or who have a non-US ChE degree are admitted in conditionally classified standing.
  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required for the ChE MS Program application, but can be helpful if the student's BS GPA in the major is less than 2.7. Please submit any letters of recommendation to melanie.mcneil@sjsu.edu.
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