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Chemical Engineering

The Master's in Chemical Engineering program is built on advanced chemical engineering fundamentals. Students will conduct applicable research in areas such as biomedical, bioengineering, catalysis, coal conversion, energy, fuels, materials, polymer processing, systems control and dynamic simulation.

Career Profile

Graduates will have an expert-level understanding of the background and theory/principles of their research topics. They will be able to plan research projects, to perform tasks and to draw conclusions based on sound scientific and engineering principles. They will be able to write technical articles for publication in refereed journals and to make oral and poster presentations at technical meetings. They will demonstrate initiative in research planning and management, including safety and environmental issues.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

October 1

Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty Profile

Dr. Rakesh K. Gupta

Rakesh Gupta is Professor and George and Carolyn Berry Chair of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University where he has been teaching since 1991. Before coming to WVU, he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo for eleven years. He has also worked briefly for the Monsanto and DuPont Companies, and he serves at technical advisor to the Polymers Alliance Zone of West Virginia. His research is focused on polymer rheology, polymer processing and polymer composites. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization.

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