12 months
31798 USD/year
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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The Chemical Engineering MS from University of Tennessee Knoxville builds on standard BS chemical engineering education to provide deeper knowledge of fundamental chemical engineering concepts and additional focus on theoretical understanding


About this Degree

The program from University of Tennessee Knoxville is appropriate for students interested in careers in process engineering industries and related fields. In addition, students enrolled in the PhD program may earn a concurrent MS degree while enrolled.

The remainder of the required course work credits may be fulfilled with technical elective courses. Any approved courses listed in the graduate catalog under any engineering or certain science programs may be counted as a technical elective with advisor approval. Approved elective sciences include math; physics; chemistry; biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology; microbiology; and plant sciences. Other courses with substantial technical content may be counted with approval by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies Eric Boder.

Non-Thesis Option

The standard master’s program is the non-thesis option. The requirements for completion of the Chemical Engineering MS degree, non-thesis option, are:

  • Completion of a total of 30 hours of graduate course work. At least 18 of those hours must be in the department and must include the five core courses.
  • Active participation in graduate seminars in the department. Resident students must register for CBE 501 every semester it is offered.
  • Satisfactory completion of a culminating experience CBE 580 as this course shall include a comprehensive exam administered by the faculty committee.

Thesis Option

MS students may choose a thesis-option Master of Science degree. Minimum departmental requirements for the degree are as follows:

  • A total of at least 21 semester hours in graduate-level courses (excluding CBE 500, CBE 501, CBE 503, CBE 511) in chemical and biomolecular engineering and related areas beyond the baccalaureate. These courses must include the five core courses.
  • Research and a thesis to give at least 9 hours of credit in CBE 500.
  • Active participation in graduate seminars in the department. Resident students must register for CBE 501 or a departmentally approved substitute every semester it is offered.
  • A final oral examination covering the thesis and related fields and graduate course work.


Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Programme Structure

The following required core courses must be completed by all graduate students:

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Advanced Biomolecular Engineering
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • Advanced Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEEA). A non-U.S. degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the United States and must be granted by a recognized or accredited foreign institution. 
  • United States degree holders must have earned a minimum of 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. If you have completed previous graduate coursework, you must have earned a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a ‘B’ average. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31798 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31798 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
Living costs

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