- Students holding baccalaureate degrees in Chemical Engineering, other engineering fields, mathematics, or basic sciences are eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE) program.
- Students not holding a BSChE will be required to take a series of six (6) junior-level courses. Alternatively, these students have the option of obtaining a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE). The MSE requires fewer junior-level courses and enables students to begin their research within the first semester. A maximum of twelve (12) semester hours from other institutions may be accepted at WVU for credit toward the Master's degree. The Chemical Engineering Department may require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or other evidence to assist in judging a student's chances for success in a graduate program.
- To be eligible for admission as a regular student, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree as specified above and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a basis of A = 4.0) in all previous college work. Students entering the program without a BSChE will receive a letter specifying the additional course work which they must take in the first two semesters. To remain in good standing, a regular student must achieve and maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in all graduate level courses as well as in all junior level courses.
- Applicants who cannot meet these conditions may be considered for admission in a conditional category. Students admitted with deficiencies in their undergraduate programs are required to take some chemical engineering courses as prerequisites for graduate courses.
- International students must demonstrate proficiency in communicating in English (a minimum TOFEL score of 550, or iBT score of 79, or IELTS score of 6.5).
- International students must also provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. These requirements are stated as a condition for admission.
For students with a BSChE, 24 months are typically required to complete the MSChE degree work. For students without a BSChE, the time to complete the MSCHE is typically 36 months, while the time to complete the MSE is typically 30 months. All M.S. degree candidates are required to perform research and will follow a planned program which conforms to either of the following outlines:
- A minimum of 30 semester credit hours, excluding seminar and any required junior level courses; not more than six of which are in research leading to an acceptable thesis.
- A minimum of 33 semester credit hours, excluding seminar and any required junior level courses; not more than three of which are in research leading to an acceptable problem report.
A coursework M.S. degree option is not presently offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering.
All students are required to take CHE 615, CHE 620, and CHE 625, and all full-time students are required to take one credit of journal club/seminar (CHE 796) for each semester enrolled. For students without a BSChE, the junior level courses may include CHE 310, CHE 311, CHE 312, CHE 315, CHE 320, and CHE 325 depending upon the degree option.The research advisor, in conjunction with an Advisory and Examining Committee (AEC) to be designated by each student, will be responsible for following Departmental guidelines to determine the plan of study appropriate to the student’s program.
A written thesis research proposal and oral presentation of this proposal is required of all M.S. students. This oral defense is administered by the student’s AEC and must be completed by the end of the second semester after the student begins his/her research.
All students are required to pass a final oral examination, administered by their AEC, covering both the thesis or problem report (depending on the program selected) and related course material.