Department of Chemical Engineering College of Engineering Northeastern University

Department of Chemical Engineering College of Engineering Northeastern University


Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University

Established in 1909 with one student and one faculty member, the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, today has almost 140 undergraduates, over 30 graduate students, and an award-winning faculty. The department's curriculum and research not only focus on traditional chemical engineering subjects, like thermodynamics and reaction kinetics, but also on cutting edge topics, such as advanced materials and biochemical engineering.

Graduate students at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern not only have access to state-of-the-art facilities both within the department and at affiliated research laboratories, but they can also choose to participate in the top-ranking cooperative education program at Northeastern.

The department offers both a full-time and part-time Master of Science (MS) program as well as a full-time PhD program.

An Award-Winning Faculty

Faculty members and students at Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University participate in ground-breaking, well-funded research. Professor Shashi K Murthy was recently awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support his team's research into innovative techniques for cultivating stem cells. Dr. Carolyn Lee-Parsons also recently received a $550 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her work on anti-cancer drugs.

The department as a whole has annual active research grants amounting to over $7.4 million. Additionally, the department is a key member of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Nanomedicine program, which received $3.1 million in grant money from the NSF.

In addition, other faculty members have received prestigious awards. Professor Rebecca L. Carrier received an NSF Career Award for her work in biotechnology. Professor Elizabether Podlaha-Murphy also received an NSF Career Award for her work in nanomaterials and electrochemical engineering. The newest faculty member Professor Edgar Goluch has just returned from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he served as an NSF International Research Program Fellow conducting research into electrochemical sensing strategy in nanofluidic devices.

Flexible MS Programs for Full-Time Students and Working Professionals

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University offers a 32 semester hour Master of Science (MS) for part-time students and a 30-semester-hour full-time with a thesis option. At least six hours of course work must be devoted to the master's thesis. Only full-time thesis-track master's students are eligible for financial aid from the department.

All courses are scheduled for the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working professionals. Students who receive GPAs of 3.5 or above in the 4 core courses may be admitted into the doctoral program.

A Rigorous Doctoral Program

Students complete a minimum of 44 semester-hours as well as a dissertation to receive a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern.

Doctoral students qualify for teaching assistantships after passing the doctoral qualifying exam for a period of 3 years past the completion of a master's thesis.

Cooperative Education

Graduate students may choose to participate in the top-ranking Northeastern cooperative educational program. Students from the Department of Chemical Engineering have been employed by over 40 companies within the United States as well by international firms. Some of the department's top employers include Abbott Bioresearch Center, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Genzyme Corporation, Nuvera Fuel Cells, and Proctor and Gamble.

Ground-Breaking Research

The Department of Chemical Engineering is engaged in ground breaking research in advanced materials research and biological engineering. Central topics of research in biological engineering include mass transfer of biological molecules through tissues, interfacial phenomena at the interface between biomaterials and cells, kinetics of biological reactions, and fluid dynamics of biological fluids such as blood. Faculty members and students are actively engaged in creating computational models to predict drug transport in drug delivery systems. Chemical engineering researchers are also developing new materials for prosthetic devices, biodegradable materials for drug delivery, and "intelligent" materials to respond to biological stimuli.

In advanced material research, students and faculty members are investigating magnetostructural transitions, microfluidic cell separation, nanoscale probes, electrodeposited nanomaterials, the synthesis of single and mixed oxide aerogels materials, and engineering surfaces to integrate functional and multifunctional oxides, biomaterials, and organic molecules with wide bandgap semiconductors.

A Leading University in a Technology Center

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts, which is a center of for the high tech and medical industries and also for leading academic institutions. The university offers 165 graduate programs. Many Northeastern graduate programs are ranked among the top 100 in their field in the country.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Laura H. Lewis
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2989
Fax: 617-373-8504

Contact Info
Jeffery Hengel
Admissions Specialist
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Chemical Engineering (MS, Phd).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Thesis Optional; For Doctorate, Thesis/Dissertation, Departmental Qualifying Exam.
Degree Program Information:
Part-Time Programs Available.


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S And Doctorate, GRE General Test. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 213 Computer-Based; 80 Ibt).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 1/15 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 1/15 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
111 Applicants, 15% Accepted, 11 Enrolled.

Student Body

Student Population:
40 Full-Time, 6 Part-Time.


8 Full-Time.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 21 Students Received Support, Including 1 Fellowship With Full Tuition Reimbursement Available, 13 Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available, 17 Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $18,320 Per Year); Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers (Full), And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 1/15; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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