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MS Chemical Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

53460 USD
53460 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department of Chemical Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715

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About this course

The Chemical Engineering Master of Science (M.S.) program is especially designed to provide excellent preparation for students who will be seeking employment in industry. This program offers the chance to study the newest and most important chemical engineering topics in depth. Students may also broaden out with classes outside of chemical engineering, creating a program that meets their needs.

The Chemical Engineering Master of Science program is also excellent preparation for admission to a US chemical engineering doctoral program, especially for students who currently hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry, physics or mathematics.

Students in the M.S. program who later decide they would like to obtain a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Columbia would need to formally to apply to Columbia’s Ph.D. program after completion of their first term at Columbia. Acceptance into the Ph.D. program would not be assured, as such students would be in competition with all other applicants to the Ph.D. program.

Applicants holding a B.S. in chemical engineering who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Columbia should apply directly to the M.S. leading to Ph.D. program rather than the M.S. (only) program. While it is against school policy to allow application to more than one program/department per term, applicants to the M.S. leading to Ph.D. program may choose to indicate on their application that they would consider admission to the M.S. only program.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Requirements 

The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

The M.S. degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. and Eng.Sc.D. degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission for study for either the M.S. only or M.S. leading to Ph.D.

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Course Modules

The 4 core chemical engineering courses:

  1. CHEN 4110, Transport Phenomena III;
  2. CHEN 4120, Statistical Mechanics OR CHEN4130 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics; 
  3. CHEN 4010, Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering;
  4. CHEN 4330, Advanced Chemical Kinetics.

In addition, 18 points of 4000 or 6000-level courses are required. Each of these courses must be approved by the graduate coordinator or research advisor, as appropriate. All approvals must be in writing and are filed with the student’s Departmental records. Approvals are sought and obtained only by personal contact with the advisor. Only for part-time students who cannot easily schedule personal advising sessions can approvals be made through e-mail. At least 24 points (usually 8 courses at 3 points per course) toward the MS Degree must be CHEN courses. (This requirement does not apply to entering doctoral students in the MS/ leading to a Ph.D. program). The M.S. may be earned with or without a research component. Up to 6 points of M.S. Research (ChE 9400) may be used as part of the 18 point elective requirement. Students who elect to do an MS thesis typically require 2 years to graduate. Many students elect to participate in research without writing a formal thesis; they typically graduate in 3 semesters.

Note: As with all degrees at Columbia, one must apply for a degree to receive it. The degree is not automatically awarded once requirements are fulfilled. Often M.S. students proceeding to doctoral studies will receive a grade for M.S. Research (ChE 9400) and subsequently apply for the degree only at the time of completion of the doctoral research proposal in year 2. At this time, students may also change their registration status from “MS/PhD” to “PhD,” as instructed by the departmental administrator or the research advisor.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Additional Requirements 
If you meet the following criteria you must submit additional material(s) as indicated:

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must meet the following additional requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) official scores required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
  • Doctoral applicants to Computer Science must send the following documents by postal mail upon submission of the application (applicants to other programs will be asked to provide these documents at a later date):
    1. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, from the institution in a sealed envelope
    2. Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
    3. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) is required if the institution(s) you attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  Personal transcript translations will not be accepted.

Candidates should NOT submit copies of awards, financial documentation, or other additional documents that are not required with the applicaiton. Submission of extra documents will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.

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