Degree Requirements

M.S. Degree Requirements

M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Two degree options, Option A or Option B, are available for the M.S. degree in chemical engineering.

Option A requires a thesis, and students in Option A are considered for departmental research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.

Option B does not require a thesis, but does require a written report on a 3-hour special project. Students in Option B are not eligible for departmental research assistantships and fellowships, but may be considered for teaching assistantships, although priority is given to students in Option A.

Once admitted, students may change from one option to the other with faculty approval.

For an M.S. in chemical engineering, the undergraduate prerequisite courses are C&PE 511, C&PE 512, C&PE 521, C&PE 523, and C&PE 524. Depending on a student’s academic background and proposed Plan of Study, additional undergraduate prerequisite courses may be required. Up to 3 credit hours of the undergraduate prerequisite courses (numbered 500 or above) may be counted toward the M.S. degree as elective hours.

The following tables represent typical plans of study that might be established by a student and his or her advisor. Rarely are exceptions made in C&PE course work allowed. It is recommended that part of the elective hours be from other departments.

M.S. in Chemical Engineering: Option A

Chemical Engineering Graduate Core Courses (15 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 721 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 732 Advanced Transport Phenomena II 3

Electives (6 hours)

Research (9 hours) Only the first 6 hours of enrollment in C&PE 803 meet degree requirements.

C&PE 800 Seminar 3
C&PE 803 Research
6

Thesis

Oral Examination

M.S. in Chemical Engineering: Option B

Chemical Engineering Graduate Core Courses (15 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 721 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
C&PE 722 Kinetics and Catalysis 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 732 Advanced Transport Phenomena II 3

Electives (15 hours)

No more than 2 courses numbered below 700.
No more than 3 courses in Engineering Management or Business or both
15

Research (3 hours)

C&PE 825 Graduate Problems in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 3

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering

For an M.S. in petroleum engineering, the undergraduate prerequisite courses are C&PE 511, C&PE 521, C&PE 527, and C&PE 618.

Depending on a student’s academic background and proposed Plan of Study, additional undergraduate prerequisite courses may be required. Up to 3 credit hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses (numbered 500 or above) may be counted toward the M.S. degree as elective hours. If a student has not completed an advanced-level, reservoir-related course in geology as an undergraduate, such a course must be taken as an elective. GEOL 535 Petroleum and Subsurface Geology are recommended.

The following table represents a typical plan of study that might be established by a student and his or her advisor.

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering Graduate Core Courses (12 hours)

C&PE 701 Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Calculations 3
C&PE 731 Convective Heat and Momentum Transfer 3
C&PE 771 Advanced Reservoir Engineering 3
C&PE 795 Enhanced Petroleum Recovery 3

Electives

C&PE 800 Seminar (or 1.5 credits C&PE 800 and 1.5 credit for another seminar series if mandatory for fellowship or academic center involvement, etc. )

Research (9 hours)

C&PE 800 Seminar 3
C&PE 803 Research
6

Thesis

Oral Examination

M.S. Admission

Applicants are considered for admission by the department’s graduate faculty on recommendation by the Graduate Standards Committee (GSC). Admission is based on demonstrated potential to complete a graduate degree successfully. The measures of performance used in the decision process are undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and research performance. A student who has not received a degree from a university in an English-based nation also must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and is expected to meet general KU requirements.

Admitted students with baccalaureate degrees in chemical or petroleum engineering usually are able to enroll in the graduate core courses listed below. Students with degrees in other branches of engineering or in mathematics, chemistry, physics, or other sciences usually must take some undergraduate course work to provide the necessary background for the graduate courses, and are admitted provisionally.

All graduate applications should be submitted online. All other requested application materials should be sent to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th St., Room 4132
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618

Contact Info

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 4132
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-4965
http://www.engr.ku.edu/cpe/
Laurence R. Weatherley, Chair
785-864-4965

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 4132
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-4965
http://www.engr.ku.edu/cpe/
Laurence R. Weatherley, Chair
785-864-4965

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Learned Hall
1530 West 15th St., Room 4132
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
785-864-4965
http://www.engr.ku.edu/cpe/
Marylee Southard, Graduate Recruiting Director
785-864-4965
R.V. Chaudhari, Graduate Advisor
785-864-4965
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