Chemical Engineering - Online and Distance Education

Chemical Engineering

Master's Degrees | Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Entrance Exam: GRE

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSCHE) is designed for students from many undergraduate majors who wish to pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering. Outstanding students with degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, physics, and other branches of science may qualify for admission with the completion of required prerequisite courses. In this regard, the program offers a two-semester sequence of bridging courses for non-chemical engineers (called Chemical Engineering Core Concepts I and II) to bring them up to speed with chemical engineering undergraduates; these courses count towards their MS credits. The 30-credit program includes core chemical engineering courses and electives in polymers, biotechnology, environmental science and electronic materials. A thesis is not required.


Admission to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • An overall GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores

The application package should include GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate transcripts and letters of reference. A six-member admissions committee, headed by the Director of Graduate Studies will evaluate the applications. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with the Director of Graduate Studies.


This master's degree requires 30 Engineering Online graduate credit hours. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $631 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,480 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 30-credit program is $18,930 for North Carolina residents and $44,400 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

  • Completion of 30 credit hours of graduate level courses at the 500 or 700 level with an overall grade point average of 3.0.
  • Completion of the following core courses:
    CHE 711 Chemical Engineering Process Modeling CHE 713 Thermodynamics I
    CHE 715 Transport Phenomena
    CHE 717 Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • The remaining six courses should be taken from Chemical Engineering (preferable) or other graduate level courses offered through Engineering Online. Students must receive approval for non-chemical engineering courses from the Director of Graduate Programs in Chemical Engineering.
  • No thesis or on-campus residency requirement.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course appearing on the NC State graduate transcript. Students must comply with the Graduate School regulations for continuous enrollment or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.