At the University of Pennsylvania, the M.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is primarily a degree for students who wish to prepare themselves for research and development activities by obtaining a more solid foundation in the principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
The primary goal of the Penn CBE master’s program is to provide students with a customized curriculum designed to prepare them to function creatively and independently in industry, research, and development, government, or academia.
The master’s degree program provides rigorous and advanced training in engineering allowing for limited specialization in one of several fields, including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, control, design, bioengineering, polymer engineering, heat transfer, and computer applications.
The flexible curriculum allows students to select their own graduate coursework in math, chemical engineering, and other science and engineering disciplines. The University of Pennsylvania has a “one university” philosophy, and students may register for courses from any School in the University.
CBE master’s degree candidates select either the thesis or non-thesis degree track during their first year, in consultation with the Graduate Group Chair. Students typically complete their degree program in twelve to eighteen months.
The MSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a “terminal degree,” meaning that students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. must apply to the program through the Ph.D. graduate admissions process.
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