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Biological Chemical Engineering, M.Eng.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #551 (QS) Online
Biological Chemical Engineering is a quickly-growing field. The Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering degree program provides graduates with the flexibility to adapt to a variety of industrial experiences and forms the base for an expanding career. 
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Graduates from this program will have the skills to identify, evaluate and manage cost and performance decisions throughout the major stages of life in large-scale developments in the pharmaceutical and related industries.

Chemical Engineers play important roles in all activities bearing on the chemical process industry. These include the functions of research, development, design, plant construction, plant operation and management, corporate planning, technical sales, and market analysis. The industries that produce chemical and /or certain physical changes in fluids, including petroleum and petrochemicals, rubbers and polymers, metals, industrial and fine chemicals, and industrial gases, have found chemical engineers to be vital to their success.

Additionally chemical engineers are the driving force in many exciting areas of bioengineering and biotechnology, including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D, cellular bioengineering, diagnostics, drug delivery, and the large-scale processing of food and consumer products from perfume to crayons to toothpaste.


Lehigh University's Office of Distance Education has been committed to providing graduate programs and certificates to working professionals for over 16 years. Our programs emphasize academic excellence through internationally renowned faculty, a shared community of learners, and superior curriculum.

Lehigh University's distance education program provides the student with the same level of educational excellence for which Lehigh University is renowned and strives to maintain the same level of quality of instruction and student service that is available to our on-campus students. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Lehigh University's Office of Distance Education provides online programs that are equal to its on-campus offerings.

Lehigh University offers graduate-level programs in business, engineering, science, and interdisciplinary areas to working professionals through its distance education programs.

Each program, whether degree or certificate, focuses study in a particular area through selected courses, offering benefits to students and employers alike:

  • Lehigh University excellence
  • Innovative programs
  • Involved faculty
  • Convenient access
  • Flexible schedules
  • Targeted topics

We utilize two learning platforms for our programs - Classroom LIVE, an integrated, web-based virtual environment that delivers programs in real time from classrooms on Lehigh's campus to students, in their homes, at their workplaces, or while traveling, and Classroom Online, an asynchronous online format that offers flexible scheduling and participation.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Biotechnology I
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Biotechnology II
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Elements of Biochemistry I
  • Elements of Biochemistry II
  • Separation Processes
  • Bioseparations
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Topics in Biochemical Engineering
  • Mass Transfer
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering in the Life Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Regular Graduate Student

In order to be considered for admission as a regular graduate student in the Master of Engineering in Biological Chemical Engineering, the applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two semesters of undergraduate study.

Associate Graduate Student

Students may apply for associate admission if regular admission deadline is missed, or if background does not meet standards for regular admission.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    925 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    925 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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The Office of Financial Aid offers Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidezed Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, and Alternative Student Loans to graduate students. Limited Federal Work Study opportunities are also available.

DIRECT STAFFORD UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a loan available to Graduate Students who are enrolled in a degree seeking program and who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Students are required to repay the loan after graduation (or when the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time). A six-month "grace period" is applied before repayment begins. The current interest rate for all loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 is 5.41%.

Graduate Students may borrow up to the maximum annual amount of $20,500 in Unsubsidized Loan.

Note: Associate and non-degree graduate students are not eligible for Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate Plus Loans, but may be eligible for private/alternative loans which are listed in this section.


Graduate and professional degree students are eligible to borrow under the Direct PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other financial assistance received. This includes any other loans or financial assistance awarded by the department of study. Applicants for these loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student's must have applied for their annual loan maximum eligibility under the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program before applying for a Direct Graduate/Professional PLUS loan.

Direct PLUS loans repayment begins within 60 days after the school receives the loan funds. Contact your loan servicer to find out if you qualify for an in-school deferment for this type of loan.


A Private/Alternative Loan is a loan that a student can borrow to help finance the family’s expected contribution. These loans are based on one’s credit history. (A student who has not established credit can apply with a co-borrower and can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any aid received). We strongly recommend that you carefully review all the terms of each individual loan, as they can vary greatly. Individual loan providers have their own application and timeline. Plan to apply at least 30 days prior to the date the bill is due.


Teaching assistantships (TA’s), research assistantships (RA’s), graduate assistantships (GA’s), fellowships, and scholarships are academic awards made by the University, by individual academic departments, and by the Dean’s Office. Several graduate assistantships unrelated to a particular area of study can be obtained by applying to administrative offices.

Continuing students who request fellowships, scholarships, RA’s, TA’s, and GA’s beginning in the fall semester must file a request with their academic department no later than February 1. Generally, a special committee formed by departmental faculty makes recommendations for the recipients of these awards based on merit. Students are not required to submit a financial statement. In addition to their stipends, graduate students holding half-time TA appointments generally receive tuition remission. Research assistants receive a stipend for research services and their tuition is commonly paid directly by research projects. Joint appointments as teaching assistant, research assistant, and graduate project assistant are permissible, subject to appropriate approvals.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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