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. Our program is rigorous but has a very high completion rate of the Master’s degree requirements within a period of about 1.5-2 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. 

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



The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers two Master degree programs: the Master of Engineering (ME) degree (coursework only, no thesis) and the Master of Science (MS) degree (with research report or thesis). Both programs require 30 credit hours of graduate work.

The Master of Engineering program is comprised of 13 credit hours of the four core chemical engineering courses listed below; 5-6 credit hours of electives in the chemical engineering field; with the remaining 11-12 credit hours of electives within or outside of the department.

Requirements for the Master of Science (research report) are: 13 credit hours of four core chemical engineering courses; 5-6 credit hours of electives in the chemical engineering field; 6 credit hours of research (ChE 480 & 481); and 5-6 credit hours of electives inside or outside of the department. Requirements for the Master of Science (with thesis) are the same as the research report except the 6 research credits are thesis credit hours (ChE 490). In addition, a department- and college-approved thesis results that is publicly available.

All electives outside of the department can include various specialization courses in areas such as Polymer Science and Material Science. Each program should include the following levels:

  • Not less than 30 credit hours of graduate work at 300‐ or 400‐level
  • Not less than 18 credit hours of coursework at the 400‐level
  • Not less than 18 credit hours in the field of Chemical Engineering
  • Not less than 15 credit hours of 400‐level coursework in the Chemical Engineering field

Once accepted, the Master’s degree performance requirements include:

  • 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.


The program is open to applicants with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from an accredited institution; however, applicants with an appropriate background are encouraged to apply. As of Fall 2020, Lehigh CHBE no longer requires submission of GRE scores as part of the graduate application process. International applicants must submit a TOEFL. In addition to the requirements outlined in the admissions application, 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 and two letters of recommendation. In order to be considered for admission, 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. Applicants that do not meet the above-mentioned requirements may be admitted at the department’s discretion.


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)

Link To Course Catalog

Electives: The elective courses will be selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor from numerous electives offered throughout the program. Please see above requirements. 

Transfer of credits: 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 are actual graduate level courses, and not used toward a previous degree, and also an official transcript if not already provided.  If transcripts are not provided electronically to the email address below, they can be mailed directly to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. 

Questions or inquiries?

Please direct all questions or inquiries about this program to inchegs@lehigh.edu.

Chemical Engineering


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4791

Email: inchegs@lehigh.edu
Phone: (610) 758-4261
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