Graduate Study in Chemical & Biological Engineering at Rensselaer

Graduate Program Director: Professor Cynthia Collins
Student Services Administrator: Ms. Lee Vilardi

Graduate Programs

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers the Master of Science, the Master of Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees, each of which is tailored to fulfill the varying educational needs of its graduate students. All graduate programs offer flexibility. Students are advised to plan programs that use course choices and electives to obtain in-depth studies in one or more subspecialties of their degree majors. Cross-disciplinary studies using courses offered by other departments or schools at Rensselaer are encouraged.

In addition, all graduate degree programs are arranged individually, and students are encouraged to use electives to conduct intensive studies in one or more subdisciplines or specialties. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are particularly flexible. However, each student’s program must include the following courses:

  • CHME 6570 Chemical and Phase Equilibria (fall)
  • CHME 6610 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering I (fall)
  • CHME 6510 Advanced Transport Phenomena I (spring)
  • 6000-level Chemical Engineering Elective
  • Master's Programs

    The master’s degree represents an intermediate level of academic preparation. It is often the optimal degree for careers in engineering design.

    Doctoral Program

    The Ph.D. degree represents the highest level of academic preparation. With it, a student can expect to maintain technical competence and contributions throughout a professional career. It is usually the preferred degree for research and development in industry and government and for teaching.

    Within the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, 72 credits of graduate-level studies, including the dissertation, are required for a Ph.D. The emphasis is on advanced study in a specialty with major focus on the dissertation. A doctoral student must pass a comprehensive examination, prepare a dissertation proposal and the dissertation itself, and present and defend the dissertation.

    Graduate Program Applications

    For applications and instructions for applying to our graduate programs, please visit the