The Master of Science requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours of approved courses and research. Of those hours, a minimum of 28 credit hours must be formal course work (required courses and electives) and at least one credit hour of CHEN 691: Research needs to be included in the degree plan.
The following are the required 16 hours of courses that all MS students must complete:
- CHEN 604: Chemical Engineering Process Analysis (3)
- CHEN 623: Applications of Thermodynamics to Chemical Engineering (3)
- CHEN 624: Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design (3)
- CHEN 629: Transport Phenomena (3)
- CHEN 601: Chemical Engineering Laboratory Safety and Health (1)
- CHEN 681: Seminar (2)
- CHEN 695: Graduate Mentoring Seminar (1)
Total Credits: 16 “core” credits
The remaining 12 credit hours of formal course work (typically four, three-credit courses) are subject to the following restrictions:
- The electives must be formal graduate-level courses and should be approved by the Graduate Advisor. Only technical (science or engineering) courses can satisfy these requirements. In special cases, up to three credit hours of advanced undergraduate level courses may be included.
- At least three hours of credit must be for courses taken outside the Department of Chemical Engineering.
- Graduate courses completed at other institutions and passed with a grade of B or better may be used towards satisfying the departmental electives. With approval of the Graduate Advisor, up to nine credit hours may be transferred from other institutions. These courses cannot have been used towards another degree.
- Graduate courses cannot be retaken for credit. The four remaining credit hours need to consist of either four hours of CHEN 691: Research, or one elective course and the remainder CHEN 691: Research. At least one credit hour of CHEN 691: Research needs to be included in the degree plan. MS candidates must present the results of their research in a seminar open to the public, as part of their Final Examination. The Final Examination cannot be waived.
Steps for Completing an MS Degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University
Students must follow these steps for completing an MS Degree:
- Select a research advisor by the end of the student’s first term at Texas A&M.
- File the degree plan by the end of the student’s second semester (two terms) at Texas A&M.
- Complete the Thesis Proposal, finish the thesis, and pass the final examination. File the thesis and follow the check-out procedure (see the Assistant for Graduate Affairs for a check-out form).
Continuation into the PhD program. If a student who completes a non-terminal MS wishes to continue into the PhD program, they must as a minimum, meet the following criteria:
- The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the four "core" graduate courses (CHEN 604, CHEN 623, CHEN 624, and CHEN 629).
- The student must take and pass the proficiency exams as outlined above.
In addition to these criteria the student’s committee must submit a memorandum to the Associate Head for Graduate Programs evaluating the student’s request provided criteria 1 and 2 above are satisfied. Also, students who complete the MS degree and continue on into the PhD program have to take at least one CHEN graduate elective for credit after switching from the MS to PhD program. This is in order to have an official GPA for their PhD work, per the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.