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Graduate Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Graduate Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at the University of Pennsylvania, established in 1893, is renowned for its excellence and dynamic nature.

Our program allows students to earn either a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Additionally, a part-time master’s program is available to professional engineers who wish to continue working in the industry while pursuing their MSE degree. Our graduates thrive in successful careers, providing leadership in academia and various industrial settings, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, advanced materials, electronics, and traditional sectors such as chemicals, oil, and gas.


Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

The MSE program equips highly-qualified students with a strong theoretical foundation and interdisciplinary skills essential for career advancement in the rapidly evolving field of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Our innovative Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) is renowned for preparing students for leadership roles in the oil, chemical, pharmaceutical, and electronics industries.

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Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering demands exceptional ability and the potential to make significant original contributions to the field. Doctoral candidates are expected to demonstrate the capability for independent work and study at the highest levels. This degree is essential for those aiming to teach chemical engineering or pursue a career in advancing research within the discipline.

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Graduate Group

Graduate students in our program have the opportunity to join the lab of any faculty member within the CBE Graduate Group. Our faculty members, who are engaged in research across all areas of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, come from various schools at Penn, including Penn Engineering, Penn Dental, Penn Medicine, Penn Vet, and the School of Arts and Sciences.

For faculty listings sorted by research topic or to learn more about each research area, please visit the Chemical and Biomolecular Research Areas page. To see only faculty with academic appointments within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, visit our departmental faculty page.


Graduate Group Review - Student Feedback Form

Graduate Groups are periodically reviewed by the Graduate Council of the Faculties (GCF) in order to identify strengths and weaknesses within each program, and to recommend any changes that may help to improve the Graduate Group. This feedback form is intended to solicit general information and impressions about your graduate school experiences to share with GCF.

Graduate Group Review Student Feedback Form

Chemical Engineering Graduate Association (ChEGA)

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Association (ChEGA) represents the academic and social interests of graduate students. The primary role of ChEGA is to organize social events such as happy hours and holiday parties. ChEGA organizes an annual Graduate Student Research Symposium and a weekly graduate student seminar series each spring, as well. While its main focus is to schedule social gatherings, ChEGA also serves an important role in providing student input to departmental policies and is also very involved in graduate recruiting.

Every year CheGA members create, act, and produce a satirical video about CBE faculty and their experiences from that year. Take a look at one of ChEGA’s past videos here!

Graduate Student Symposium (GSS)

The annual Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) is a student-organized event that provides an opportunity to the graduate students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania to present their findings to the academic community and the interested industrial representatives. It is a great ground for students to make connections and to discuss their research topics. In the past, representative from companies such as ConocoPhilips, Merck, ExxonMobil, L’Oreal and Air Products have attended this event.

Each year we are fortunate enough to have at least 12 oral presentations and 35 poster presentations given by our students.  Our most recent event was a great success with more than 100 people in attendance!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at cbegss@seas.upenn.edu.