Chemical Engineering (M.S.)

The University of Dayton is one of only a few universities in the nation involved in the modeling, control and automation of composite processing.

You'll develop scholarship, research and lab skills to prepare you to excel in professional or continued graduate work. Our program offers an extensive selection of courses, from chemical and bio-sensors chemical reactor analysis and combustion to advanced work in nanomaterials and fuel cells.

We offer special opportunities including courses with the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, evening courses and federally funded research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the chemical engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

What financial aid opportunities are available for chemical engineering graduate students?
Our department’s support of graduate students is limited. Consequently, we cannot promise financial aid to any new graduate student, particularly during the first semester of study. We have, however, had success placing students in research jobs that support their studies. Please contact the department of chemical engineering for more information.

What are the available research facilities?
Our graduate students have access to the computer, unit operations, transport phenomena and process control labs in the chemical engineering department. The School of Engineering has a close working relationship with the University of Dayton Research Institute and opportunities may arise to work in areas such as polymers, adhesives and composites; and, rapid prototyping and nondestructive evaluation, among others. In addition, sponsored research opportunities are also available at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

How long does it take to obtain a master's degree?
Typically a full-time student can complete our master’s degree program in approximately 18 months. Most of the graduate classes are offered in the evening allowing students to take classes part time and work full time if they choose. Part-time students generally take about twice as long as full-time students to complete our program.

Why choose UD for engineering?
The distinctive feature of our program is the personal attention graduate students receive. You will be assigned an academic adviser to help you develop a program of study and a research adviser to guide you with your research activities. The flexibility of our program allows for the completion of the program in a reasonable time. Students have access to well-equipped world-class facilities on and off campus. UD is one of only a few universities in the nation involved in the modeling, control and automation of composite processing. UD is Ohio's largest private university and the department of chemical engineering, established in 1911, was the first engineering department created at the University of Dayton.

Is there an opportunity to specialize in a certain area?
The program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in chemical engineering must include a minimum of 30 semester hours: 15 hours of required course work and nine semester hours of electives as approved by the adviser and department chair. The program allows for concentrations in combustion, environmental engineering and materials engineering, among others. The remaining six credit hours will be an approved thesis project with a final examination at the completion of the thesis work. Upon the request of the student (and with approval of the faculty adviser and department chair), six additional hours of course work plus three hours of special problem work may be substituted for the thesis.