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What will I learn?

Chemical Engineering is the engineering discipline which makes extensive use of chemical transformations in addition to physical transformations to achieve added value. Because all manufacturing involves chemical transformations in one way or another, chemical engineers are employed in virtually all manufacturing industries, from the basic chemical, materials, energy, food, pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries to the myriad consumer products industries.

Students in the MS in Chemical Engineering program will take a number of advanced courses in key fundamental chemical engineering areas such as transport phenomena, applied mathematics, thermodynamics, kinetics and reaction engineering. In addition, students will select a number of electives courses to develop knowledge and expertise in specialized fields such as energy engineering, materials engineering, bioengineering, environmental engineering, engineering design, and control management.

A minimum of 28 units is required to earn the M.S. in Chemical Engineering degree

Required Core Courses: 12 units

Required Elective Core Courses: 6 units

Required Seminar Courses: 1 unit (0, 1 unit for two semesters)

Elective Courses: 9 units (must be approved by department)

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation

Which department am I in?

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 28 units)

Tuition fees
USD $2,075 per unit
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Online/Distance (Minimum of 28 units)

Tuition fees
USD $2,075 per unit
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any engineering or engineering-related disciplines.

In addition to application requirements above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.