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Online Chemical Energy Engineering (Master's)


The integrated Master of Engineering Chemical Energy Engineering online degree program has an innovative curriculum designed for professionals seeking to gain an in depth technical understanding and a global perspective of chemical energy engineering practice.

The mission of this program is to produce professionally-oriented graduates who have both an in-depth technical understanding and a global perspective of chemical energy engineering practice.  Graduates from this program will have the skills to identify, evaluate and manage cost and performance decisions throughout the major stages of energy industry.


Please watch our most recent webinar with Prof. Vincent Grassi, PhD. for more information about the program.

What sets us apart

Established in 1903, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is one of the oldest degree programs at Lehigh University.  Lehigh Chemical engineers have embraced an entrepreneurial culture for over 100 years, establishing a heritage of leadership and collaboration that still thrives today.  Our department has taken the practice of chemical and biomolecular engineering into the twenty-first century, bearing on the most technologically challenging issues of the day, including energy, biotechnology, polymeric materials, “green” chemical processing, catalysis and computational systems engineering.  

Our research-active faculty members bring state-of-the-art technology, knowledge and teaching methods to the classroom, creating an intellectually stimulating environment for students to engage in advanced learning through our MS/MEng degree offerings.  

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The master’s degree in Chemical Energy Engineering is a 31 credit hour program.  It is comprised of 16 credit hours of core chemical engineering courses, 6 credit hours of electives from Group A, no less than 3 credit hours from Non- Departmental elective energy courses, with the remaining 6 credit hours to be chosen from either Group A or B, or non-departmental electives based upon student interest (see below curriculum) at the following levels:

  • Not less than 31 credit hours of graduate work at 300- or 400-level
  • Not less than 18 credit hours  in the field of Chemical Engineering
  • Not less than 18 credit hours  of coursework at 400-level
  • Not less than 15 credit hours of 400-level coursework in Chemical Engineering

Students choose their coursework and complete their degree requirements by selection of any set of courses consistent with these requirements.  Once accepted, the Master’s degree performance requirements will apply as follows:

  • No course with a grade below a “C-” may be included in the degree program
  • More than four grades (regardless of number of credits) below “B-“ terminates the student’s eligibility for continued graduate work at Lehigh.

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In order to be considered for admission as a regular graduate student in the Master’s of Engineering in Chemical Energy Engineering, an applicant must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two semesters of undergraduate studies.  In addition to the minimum requirements, an applicant must have at least two semesters of calculus.  Applicants with a degree other than Chemical Engineering will be required to take the bridging course, Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering III, ChE 383; and depending on their background, an additional course may be required.  These courses will not count toward degree requirements.

International applicants must submit TOEFL scores.  A personal essay summarizing your career objectives and work experience with respect to your chosen field of study must be submitted along with the application for admission.

Applicants that don’t meet the above mentioned requirements may be admitted as associate status, at the department’s discretion.  To change stats you will need to contact the academic graduate coordinator of the department after admission.

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Required Core Courses:
CHE 376 Energy:  Issues and Technology (3) CHE 415 Transport Processes (4)
CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) CHE 452 Mathematics Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)
CHE 410 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)  
Group A:  Elective CHE courses (minimum 6 credits)*:
CHE 331 Separation Processes (3) CHE 430 Mass Transfer (3)
CHE 396 Electrochemical Engineering (3)  
Group B:  Elective CHE courses:
CHE 386 Process Control (3) CHE 413 Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Characterization (3)
CHE 391 Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) CHE 428 Rheology (3)
CHE 401 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II (3)  
Non-Departmental Elective Energy Courses (minimum 3 credits):
ISE 410 Design of Experiments (3) ME 362 Nuclear Fusion and Radiation Protection (3)
ISE 426 Optimization Models and Applications (3) ME 364 Renewable Energy (3)
ISE 455 Optimization Algorithms and Software (3) ME 366 Engineering Principles of Clean Coal Technology (3)
ME 360 Nuclear Reactor Engineering (3)  

*More new courses with two to three credits will be added 

Other Non-Chemical Engineering electives and Business Economic courses from the College of Business can be used as approved by the graduate advisor.

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Academic Advisor
Professor Jonas Baltrusaitis
Phone: 610-758-6836
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

Academic Advisor
Professor Hugo Caram
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

Academic Coordinator
Eleni Moustardas
E-mail: inchbede@lehigh.edu

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Additional Information

A maximum of up to nine credits taken at the graduate level elsewhere may be transferred from an accredited graduate college or graduate university to a Lehigh University Engineering Master’s program.  All courses must be submitted to the department along with a course description (syllabus), a letter from the university stating that the credits were actual graduate level courses, and not used toward a previous degree, and also an official transcript if not already provided.

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