An MS in chemical engineering from Northwestern provides a significant career boost that can distinguish you from your peers.An MS in chemical engineering from Northwestern provides a significant career boost that can distinguish you from your peers.

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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The master of science in chemical and biological program trains graduate students to become leaders in industrial and university settings. We offer a rigorous program with thesis and non-thesis options, which can be completed in a little as nine months.

Required courses give students broad exposure to advanced topics in core chemical engineering concepts, while technical electives introduce students to the diversity of topics in current chemical and biological engineering practice, including biotechnology, nanoengineering, and sustainability. Projects for a thesis-based master's degree can be solicited from any of the world-class faculty members in the department.

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Career paths

A master's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern provides graduates with a significant career boost, distinguishing them from their peers. Our alumni network makes it especially valuable for those who are looking for a career in the Midwest.

Graduates pursue careers in diverse industries, including pharmaceutical, food, chemical, energy, information technology, consulting, finance, and management. Some go on to further graduate study at PhD-granting institutions, or pursue additional degrees in medical or law school.