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HCP Master's Program Requirements

The Department of Chemical Engineering will only offer external applicants admission into our HCP MS Program.

This program was redesigned with two goals in mind:

  1. To provide access to Stanford Chemical Engineering classes and faculty research-based insight to a wider audience
  2. To give Chemical Engineering master’s students the opportunity to combine Chemical Engineering studies with a wide range of engineering coursework offered by Stanford

To earn the degree, students complete 45 graduate academic units, distributed as follows:

Chemical Engineering | Take eight graduate level classes in Chemical Engineering, and one engineering seminar

Students take four of the following six available 300-level courses:

  • CHEMENG300: Applied Mathematics in the Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • CHEMENG310: Microhydrodynamics
  • CHEMENG320: Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
  • CHEMENG340: Molecular Thermodynamics
  • CHEMENG345: Fundamentals and Applications of Spectroscopy
  • CHEMENG355: Advanced Biochemical Engineering

Students take additional four chemical engineering graduate-level lecture courses. (May not use CHEMENG699 or any CHEMENG500-level course.) Note: for 18-19, this includes all CHEMENG graduate courses offered online:

  • May take additional core chemical engineering lecture course from the CHEMENG300 series
  • Four graduate electives in chemical engineering:
    • CHEMENG242: Basic Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis with Applications in Energy Transformations
    • CHEMENG296: Creating New Ventures in Engineering and Science-based Industries
    • CHEMENG260: Polymer Science and Engineering
    • CHEMENG283: Biochemistry II

Engineering seminar: students take three additional units of CHEMENG699 Colloquium.  Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking three units of another seminar/speaker series in engineering, science, or math. For example:

  • MS&E472: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders’ Seminar
  • MS&E494: The Energy Seminar
  • EE292E: Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) Seminar

Electives | An additional 18 units selected from graduate-level science, math or engineering lecture courses (3 units or more) in any appropriate department 

Of these 18 units, 6 must be graduate-level science, math or engineering lecture courses. The remaining 12 units can come from a combination of the following categories:

  • An additional 3-12 units of graduate-level science, math or engineering lecture courses
  • No more than 6 units of non-science, math or engineering courses
  • No more than 3 units of seminar courses on science, math or egineering topics

Topic Areas Sample

Students are encouraged to develop a concentration of 3-4 elective courses in one topical area and then use the other 2-3 elective courses to provide breadth to their program.

We have provided a sampling of topical areas and courses that one might take as part of this topical area concentration. This is not an exhaustive list; students are encouraged to follow their own interests and goals in selecting their elective courses.

Applied Mathematics, Modeling, and Numerical Analysis:

  • CME204: Partial Differential Equations in Engineering
  • CME206: Introduction to Numerical Methods for Engineering
  • EE261: The Fourier Transform and Its Applications
  • EE263: Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems

Optimization and Control:

  • AA222/CS361: Engineering Design Optimization
  • EE263: Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems
  • EE364A: Convex Optimization I
  • ENGR205: Introduction to Control Design Techniques
  • MS&E202: Optimal Control of Dynamic Systems
  • MS&E211: Introduction to Optimization
  • MS&E311: Optimization

Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering:

  • MS&E271: Global Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • MS&E274: Dynamic Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • MS&E275: Foundations for Large-Scale Entrepreneurship
  • CEE246: Entrepreneurship in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Energy:

  • MATSCI256: Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
  • MATSCI302: Solar Cells
  • MS&E494: The Energy Seminar

Other potential areas of interest include Materials Science, Biomed, Computer Science.