Texas Tech University

Master of Science Program


The M.S. program builds upon the foundation of knowledge developed in the course of prior studies at the B.S. level. The M.S. degree requires five (5) core courses and thirty-six total credit hours. Both thesis and non-thesis M.S. degrees are offered.

Degree Requirements

The basic plan for the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering requires a minimum of twenty−four (24) hours of graduate−level course work, each of which must have an average of a 3.0 GPA. Within the twenty−four hours of course work, the following five (5) courses are required:

  • CHE 5310 − Advanced Chemical Engineering Techniques
  • CHE 5312 − Fluids Transport Principles & Analysis
  • CHE 5321 − Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHE 5323 − Digital Computation for Chemical Engineers
  • CHE 5343 − Reaction Kinetics


1. The 30-credit degree plan for M.S. Thesis:

Core courses: 15 credits
Course electives: 6 credits (minimum)
Seminar courses: 3 credits
Thesis research: 6 credits

Thesis defense needs to be passed.

2. The 30-credit degree plan for M.S. Non-Thesis:

Core courses: 15 credits
Course electives: 15 credits (minimum). Check with graduate advisor about eligible courses.

Comprehensive exam needs to be passed. The faculty under whom the non-thesis students take the 6 research credits will provide the comprehensive exam. The exam format could include a written report and a presentation.

In the combined B.S./M.S. degree program, students may elect to do either a thesis or a non-thesis M.S. degree. In this degree plan, six (6) credits of electives in the B.S. degree are taken as graduate courses and are counted towards both B.S. and M.S. degrees.

For more information concerning policies and requirements for the graduate program in chemical engineering, see the Graduate Student Handbook or contact gradprogram.che@ttu.edu.

Chemical Engineering