Graduate Degrees offered: M.S., M.Eng. in Polymer Science and Engineering

Graduate students in Polymer Science and Engineering (PSE) enjoy one of the nation's top-ranked teaching and research programs in PSE in terms of number of students, funding, and significance of its publications.

Key features of the graduate program include:

  • Research projects that span chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics;
  • Strong interaction with industry, including successful alumni;
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Students pursuing a master's in polymer science must complete the following courses:  MAT 392, MAT 393, and a 400 level course in thermodynamics.  The remainder of the degree can be composed of elective courses related to polymer science and the technical/professional aspirations of the student.  Degree rules outlined here apply.  Students should review the catalog and course schedule for classes each semester.


PSE faculty, many of whom are internationally renowned for their research, maintain active programs in the following areas:

  • Emulsion polymerization
  • Kinetics of polymerization
  • Latex surface properties
  • Film formation
  • Rheology
  • Structure of polymer surfaces and interfaces
  • Polymers bonding to colloidal surfaces
  • Composites (including nanocomposites)
  • Polymer processing (including micromolding)
  • Polymers for microelectronics and optoelectronics

Students typically conduct research with professors — and industry researchers — from more than one discipline. They can pursue the M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. in PSE or in one of the participating departments. Students can also attend part-time and take distance-education courses via satellite.


Students wishing to enroll will be admitted directly into the Polymer Science and Engineering graduate program. Admission requirements include: a B.S. degree in chemistry, physics, or any branch of engineering and an undergraduate GPA: 2.80 or higher.

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Graduate Funding

Prospective Rossin College graduate students have access to a variety of financial support, both internal and external, to cover or defray the costs of graduate education. | LEARN MORE >>

Polymer Science and Engineering
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4732
Phone: (610) 758-4222

E-mail: Carly Campbell
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