Mar 24, 2018  
Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 
Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Chemical and Biological Engineering M.S.

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The M.S., which requires a thesis, may be used for professional entry, but is also well suited to students who wish to measure their ability to get a Ph.D. without commitment of extra time beyond that required for an M.S. A special optional master’s program is available for this purpose.

For the M.S., 30 credits of graduate-level studies, including six credits for the thesis, are normally required. However, the thesis requirement may vary from 3 to 9 hours at the discretion of the department. The 24 hours of approved course work must include at least 15 credits of 6000-level courses. A formal thesis defense is not required.

Students who wish to follow the optional master’s program should plan to take the Ph.D. comprehensive examination during their second semester of full-time graduate studies. The examination may be taken a maximum of two times. Passing students may register for an additional three credits of CHME 6990 Master’s Thesis, and formal course work requirements for the master’s degree are reduced to 21 hours. The student also has the option of proceeding directly toward a Ph.D. without completing the master’s thesis. This option will normally reduce the time required for a Ph.D. by about six months. Students who elect to proceed in this manner will receive an M.S. degree, with thesis requirements waived, after two years of satisfactory full-time study and acceptance of the dissertation proposal.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced proficiency in the core program or area within CHBE.
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • demonstrate preparedness for professional careers and/or further graduate studies.
  • demonstrate proficiency in research techniques (theoretical, computational and/or experimental).

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