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MChE Program / Professional Master's Program

The MChE program offers a non-thesis professional degree intended to better prepare students for a career in the field of chemical engineering. The curriculum is designed for recent graduates with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering to complete in two semesters (Fall and Spring).

The curriculum is also designed for students with a non-chemical engineering bachelor's degree. Additional semesters are typically needed in order for the students to take the additional courses that chemical engineering bachelor's degree holders have taken (i.e., chemical engineering design and process control). Also, some courses may be recommended to the student, in preparation for the graduate-level courses, depending on the student.

Additional questions about the MChE program may be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Committee by clicking HERE.


The MChE candidate in Chemical Engineering must complete at least 30 hours of courses beyond those counted for their undergraduate degree per University guidelines.

Course requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 30 hours (10 three-credit hour) courses at 500 level or higher
  • At least 24 of these hours must be at Rice University
  • A grade of B- or better must be attained for all degree courses
  • In accordance with University policy, students who’s GPA falls below 2.33 will be placed on academic probation

MChE students are required to take the following core graduate chemical engineering courses:

  • Thermodynamics (CHBE 611)
  • Mathematics (CHBE 692)
  • Transport (CHBE 501, 602)
  • Kinetics (CHBE 590)

In addition, approved courses from the following disciplines will count towards meeting the course requirements:

  • Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Management
  • Mathematics training

Students with a non-Chemical Engineer Undergraduate degree need to take undergraduate chemical engineering courses. These courses will not count toward the MChE degree course requirement.

Professional master’s students must meet a residency requirement. Rice General Announcements states “Students enrolled in professional master’s programs in science and engineering may fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one full fall or spring semester with part-time enrollment”.msprogram_01 

A joint MChE / MBA degree is also available in conjunction with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This joint degree program is typically completed in two years. This includes a total of 69 hours of course work, 24 in chemical engineering and 45 in business management. Students enrolled in this joint program complete the same core requirements as the students in the regular MBA program. Here are some additional details for this joint program.  

• The dual degree can be fulfilled in two academic years.
• Summer internships after the first academic year are strongly encouraged.
• Students will plan their course schedules in consultation with department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and with the MBA program director in the Jones Graduate School of Business.
• Students must be accepted by both the Jones School and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
• Note that GRE scores must be submitted to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Graduate student financial aid and tuition waivers are not available to MChE students.