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Online Chemical Engineering (Master's)


Chemical Engineering is a broad discipline that employs tools from chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to carry out molecular transformation of low value raw materials to high added final products in a cost-efficient, safe and environmentally benign fashion. Due to this broad-based training in the application of the basic sciences, Chemical Engineers who graduate from Lehigh go on to play important roles in research and industry. They enjoy careers in diverse industries in chemical and petrochemical processing, biopharmaceutical, materials and electronics manufacturing, energy generation and distribution, environmental remediation, process automation and more recently, in new product design.


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 and is also one of the oldest in the US. 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 degree offerings. Our program is rigorous but has a very high completion rate of the Master's degree requirements within a period of 3 years. In addition to undergraduate majors in chemical engineering, our Master's program is also suitable for select students from physics, chemistry and other engineering majors, to transition to Chemical Engineering through a directed course-based learning plan.

Lehigh graduates have said that the Lehigh Masters Degree program has been an important enabler for them to aspire to and achieve higher level career positions in technical leadership and management.

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  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work at 300- or 400- level
  • The four core courses which are listed below
  • Minimum of 18 hours of coursework at the 400- level
  • Minimum of 18 hours in the field of Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum of 15 hours of 400- level coursework in the field of Chemical Engineering

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The program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited institution. However, students with appropriate background are encouraged to apply. 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.

There are no required examinations such as GRE, GMAT, etc. In addition to the requirements outlined in the admissions application (official transcripts, professional essay, your resume, and 2 letters of recommendation), 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. In order to be considered for admission as a regular graduate student in the Master of Engineering in 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 Student Status

Applicants who do not meet the above-mentioned requirements may be admitted as associate status, at the department’s discretion.  To change status you will need to contact the academic graduate coordinator of the department after admission. For more details, please review the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Student Handbook.

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Core Courses:
CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) CHE 415 Transport Processes (4)
CHE 410 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3) CHE 452 Mathematics Methods in Chemical Engineering (3)

Electives: The elective courses will be selected in conjunction with the student's advisor from numerous electives offered throughout the program. These can include various specialization courses in areas such as Polymer Science and Biotechnology. Other elective courses can be offered in Process Control, Mass Transfer, Semiconductor Materials Processing, Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Characterization, Air Pollution, Emulsion Polymers, Polymer Interfaces, and Polymer Blends and Composites. This elective list is preliminary and shown for information only. There is no relationship to the order they appear above and when they might be scheduled.

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Engineering Contacts

Academic Advisor
Professor Jonas Baltrusaitis
Phone: 610-758-6836
E-mail: job314@lehigh.edu

Academic Advisor
Professor Hugo Caram
Email: hsc0@lehigh.edu

Graduate Coordinator
Barbara Kessler
Phone: 610-758-4261
E-mail: bak0@lehigh.edu

For more information on MBA & E

Graduate Programs
Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
Phone: 610-758-4450
E-mail: business@lehigh.edu

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Additional Information


The Lehigh MBA is committed to developing leaders in business and in industry: the MBA & E unites two premier programs in one powerful joint degree by offering a solid foundation in both business and engineering. Graduates of the MBA & E program will be prepared to assume leadership positions in industrial planning, venture capital, and engineering management; and as senior managers in roles requiring both technical and business acumen.

The 45 credit hour program is taught in an interactive manner by faculty who are leaders in their fields with a wealth of practical experience; it also combines core business courses and a core of engineering courses:

  • MBA Core Courses, MBA (401-406)- 18 credits
  • Engineering Core Courses—12 credits
  • Business Electives—5 credits
  • Engineering Electives—6 credits
  • Elective—3 credits
  • Integrative Project—1 credit

Prerequisites [not required for admission] include: Basic Statistics for Business & Economics (ECO 401), Financial Reporting for Managers and Investors (GBUS 401), and Principles of Economics (ECO 001).

The program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering. Applicants are required to have two years of professional work experience and must be accepted by both the College of Business and Economics and P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Applicants can, however, take engineering courses while they are fulfilling the work requirement.

The MBA & E offers engineering concentrations in the following: chemical engineering, management science and engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, a student will receive a MBA degree with a concentration in the engineering discipline.

For more information on MBA & E

Graduate Programs
Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
Phone: 610-758-4450
E-mail: business@lehigh.edu