M.S. Program

There are multiple options are available for individuals seeking a Master of Science degree.

  • Plan A Thesis Option, usually pursued by full-time graduate students, emphasizes research.
  • Plan B Non-Thesis Option, usually pursued by part-time graduate students, emphasizes coursework.Scientist-to-engineer program for those who have in undergraduate degree in an area other than chemical engineering

The specific requirements for each Plan are outlined below. All other rules and regulations for the master’s degree as documented in the Graduate Catalog also apply. Visit our FAQ page for answers to many of your questions.

Plan A: The Thesis Option

The 3 main requirements of this plan are:

  1. The student must successfully complete 5 graduate courses (15 credits), maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or above. At least 3 of these courses must be Core Courses. The student must also complete 9 credits of Master’s Thesis Research (GRAD 5950).
  2. The student must file a Plan of Study with the Graduate School. This plan must be approved by the students Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council. The student must prepare and orally defend a research thesis.
  3. Each student shall select his/her own Advisory Committee. This committee must consist of 1 Major Advisor and 2 Associate Advisors. The Major Advisor must be a faculty member of the Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering. One of the Associate Advisors may be a faculty member of another department or he/she may be external to the University of Connecticut, working in academia, government or industry.

Requirement (1) may be modified if the student has passed equivalent courses in a different department at the University of Connecticut, or at a different university in a similar graduate program. Such decisions shall be made on a case-by-case basis by the students Advisory Committee.

The majority of the student’s research project must be performed on campus under the supervision of the Major Advisor. Portions of the research may be performed at outside facilities as deemed necessary. A written thesis based on this research must be submitted to the students Advisory Committee at least two weeks before the defense date. The thesis defense shall be open to the public. Following the public presentation, the student shall be further examined by the Advisory Committee and any other faculty members present. The Advisory Committee shall then meet privately and make their decision to approve or disapprove the thesis. Approval must be unanimous. The thesis research must be publishable in a refereed journal in the field, although publication is not required for graduation.

Plan B: The Non-Thesis Option

The 3 main requirements of this plan are as follows:

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 8 graduate courses (24 credits), maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or above. At least 3 of these courses must be Core Courses.
  2. The student must file a Plan of Study with the Graduate School. This plan must be approved by the students Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council.
  3. The student must conduct a research project with one of our chemical engineering faculty members and pass an oral Comprehensive Examination based on this project. Each student shall select his/her own Advisory Committee. This committee must consist of 1 Major Advisor and 2 Associate Advisors. The Major Advisor must be a faculty member of the Department of Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering. One of the Associate Advisors may be a faculty member of another department or he/she may be external to the University of Connecticut, working in academia, government or industry. Requirement (1) may be modified if the student has passed equivalent courses in a different department at the University of Connecticut, or at a different university in a similar graduate program. Such decisions shall be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the students Advisory Committee.

The required research project shall be conducted in close collaboration with the Major Advisor. The student must make a 15-20 minute oral presentation of the research results to the Advisory Committee, after which the Committee shall conduct a Comprehensive Examination. The presentation shall not be open to the public. The research need not be publishable in a refereed journal.

The Comprehensive Examination shall be a one-hour oral examination conducted by the student’s Advisory Committee. This examination shall focus primarily on the student’s research project, but it may also include questions pertaining to the students course work. The student must pass this examination by unanimous approval of the Advisory Committee.