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Chemical Engineering Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

There are many schools across the U.S. offering chemical engineering programs at many academic levels. Prospective students interested in becoming a chemical engineer can achieve degrees in chemical engineering at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels.

Chemical engineering programs are readily available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Learn about some of the schools that offer these programs, as well as what to look for when selecting a program.

Top Chemical Engineering Schools

The following schools offer chemical engineering programs for interested students:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's (professional), Doctoral $13,431 (In-state) $38,139 (Out-of-state)
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,320
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,806 (In-state) $34,676 (Out-of-state)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's (professional), Doctoral $13,790 (In-state) $22,210 (Out-of-state)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,204 (In-state) $32,396 (Out-of-state)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 4-year, public Bachelor's, Doctoral $10,415 (In-state) $29,665 (Out-of-state)
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Doctoral $45,390
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $43,450
University of Delaware Newark, DE 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,520 (In-state) $31,420 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Here are some more considerations for students when selecting the school that will best prepare them for their future:

  • Look for bachelor's degree programs that include courses in lower- and upper-level chemistry and engineering, plus math courses like algebra and calculus. A master's degree in chemical engineering needs to offer courses in organic chemistry, biology and physics, and have elective requirements in biotechnology and bioprocessing. Doctoral students need to find schools that allow them to conduct research in numerous scientific and environmental areas.
  • Students of all levels should find a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which awards accreditation based on curriculum, faculty and facilities.
  • Potential schools should have laboratories where students can conduct experiments and classrooms with hubs for laptops and wireless Internet.
  • The school should specify that its curriculum prepares students for licensure, which is required in all 50 U.S. states.

Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in chemical engineering are available at 4-year public and private institutions across the country. During the school selection process, students should consider things like program accreditation, licensing preparation and future career paths.

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