Graduate students in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue the Master of Science in Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Life Science Engineering.
Students in the graduate chemical and life science engineering programs will gain exposure to cutting-edge research practiced by faculty members and peers. Funding comes from public and private sector entities, and sponsored research areas include specialties in both life science engineering and chemical engineering.
Thinking about applying?
Consider applying for an M.S. or Ph.D.
Application for admission to Graduate Study in the College of Engineering begins with the completion of an application for admission form. The form is available on the Graduate School website.
Send the completed form to the Graduate School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 843051, Richmond, VA 23284-3051. A fee paid in the form of a check or money order (payable to VCU) must accompany the application. The fee cannot be returned or credited toward tuition payment.
The following documents are required:
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from college or university registrars to the Graduate School (address above).
- Letters of recommendation from three present or former teachers or others believed by the applicant to be qualified to evaluate fitness to engage in graduate study for the degree in the field of choice.
- A Statement of Purpose from the applicant summarizing motivation, education and aims in pursuing graduate study.
- TOEFL/IELTS Scores: International applicants for whom English is not their native language must meet university admission requirements for performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System. Acceptance of an applicant is based on the recommendation of the Admissions Committee with approval of the program chair and the associate dean for graduate studies. To download application forms or to apply online, visit the VCU Graduate School’s website.
You may be suited for our B.S to M.S in Engineering Bridge Program.
A unique program designed to enable you to receive a M.S. degree in Chemical and Life Science Engineering (CLSE) with a background in a non-engineering field.
May be completed in 4-5 semesters, with an option to continue on for a Ph.D.
Typical relevant undergraduate coursework: Chemistry through Organic chemistry with labs, Basic Biological science with labs, Differential equations, Multivariate calculus, Calculus-based Physics 1 and 2, Computer programming knowledge (desirable), and Physical chemistry/Reaction kinetics (desirable).
You may qualify for the accelerated B.S. to M.S. program.
A unique program that enables you to apply up to 6 credits of 500 level elective courses towards BOTH your B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical and Life Science Engineering (CLSE). Complete a M.S. degree (thesis or non-thesis option) in 2 additional semesters, with option to continue for a Ph.D.
Am I eligible?
- Are you a VCU CLSE student?
- Did you complete CLSE 301, CLSE 302, CLSE 305, CLSE 312, and CLSE 320?
- Is your overall GPA > 3.0 and your CLSE GPA > 3.2?
If you answered YES to all three questions, you are eligible to apply to the accelerated B.S. to M.S. program.
How do I apply?
- Talk to your Academic Advisor (Sarah Pezzat, firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Graduate Program Director (Nastassja Lewinski, email@example.com) about your interest in the accelerated M.S. program and verify your eligibility.
- Complete the VCU Accelerated Program Declaration Form the summer before your senior year.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress, including maintaining a GPA > 3.0.
- Apply to the M.S. degree program in your senior year.
- Note the GRE is waived and only one reference letter is required.
|Degree||Semester(s) of entry||Deadline dates||Test requirements|
|Ph.D.||Fall (preferred)||Jun 1 (Jan 15 for financial assistance)||TOEFL required for international students|
|M.S.||Fall (preferred)||Jun 1 (Jan 15 for financial assistance)||GRE waived for Fall 2022|
|Spring||Nov 15||International students require TOEFL (A minimum score of 100 in the TOEFL exam is required to be considered for financial assistance)|
Resources for graduate students
In their role as adviser, a faculty member's goal is to guide and inspire their students towards becoming an independent researcher to reach their scholarly potential. The adviser holds the primary responsibility for providing guidance and counsel essential to the scholarly development of the student. Students should begin immediately to review CLSE faculty research interests and areas of scholarship. To start, refer to the list below as well as the Meet the Faculty page.
|Steve Fong||W422firstname.lastname@example.org||Fong website|
|Ram Gupta||W331Demail@example.com||Gupta website|
|Frank Gupton||W403firstname.lastname@example.org||Medicines for All|
|Nastassja Lewinski||W438email@example.com||Lewinski website|
|Michael Peters||W408firstname.lastname@example.org||Peters website|
|Tom Roper||BT8-312Cemail@example.com||Roper website|
|Christina Tang||W406firstname.lastname@example.org||Tang website|
|Vamsi Yadavalli||W434email@example.com||Yadavalli website|
The chemical and life science engineering tracks in the engineering master’s and doctoral programs are designed primarily for students who are interested in applying biological, chemical, medical and engineering principles toward important contemporary topics.
Typical curricula of graduate study in CLSE – M.S. / Ph.D.
|Concentration components– CLSE course work||
CLSE 650 – Quantitative Analysis
CLSE 654 - Graduate Equilibrium Analysis
CLSE 655 - Graduate Non-Equilibrium Analysis
CLSE 656 - Graduate Reaction Engineering
|Track electives – engineering and/or science course work||Grad Electives (500/600 level)|
|Directed Research||Thesis Research (CLSE 697)|
|All CLSE graduate students attend Graduate Seminar (CLSE 690) each semester (does not count towards graduate coursework credit).|
|Please see the links to the VCU Bulletins for typical number of credits required for each program|
Chemical And Life Science Engineering, Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph.D)
The mission of the Ph.D. in Chemical and Life Science Engineering degree program is to provide graduate students with learning opportunities for acquiring a broad foundation of engineering knowledge, an in-depth original research experience at the frontiers of engineering, and skills for lifelong learning and professional development. Graduates of this program will pursue careers in research and development or academia.
Engineering, Master Of Science With A Concentration In Chemical And Life Science Engineering (M.S.)
The mission of the M.S. in Engineering degree is to provide graduate students with learning opportunities for acquiring a broad foundation of engineering knowledge including business and manufacturing aspects; an in-depth research experience at the frontiers of engineering; and skills for lifelong learning and professional development. Graduates of this program will pursue careers in business/industry and government, or will pursue doctoral degrees.