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California State University, Long Beach

Chemical Engineering (ChE)

Master of Science Engineering, Interdisciplinary


The College of Engineering offers graduate study programs for the Master of Science in Engineering degree. Typical tasks and responsibilities undertaken by students in the curriculum would not fall within one of the traditional specialties in engineering, e.g. aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, or computer science and engineering. The student may pursue an interdisciplinary program, approved by a Graduate Advisor, by selecting courses from the various departments of engineering. Additional information concerning the programs, special facilities, laboratories and research possibilities may be obtained from the College of Engineering.


  1. A bachelorís degree in an ABET accredited curriculum in engineering with a minimum GPA of 2.7; or
  2. A bachelorís degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 in engineering, mathematics, natural science or other discipline with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering are satisfied;
  3. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
  4. Graduate students must consult with a graduate advisor, with whom they will be working, for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.
  5. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be during the first semester in residence, unless taken and passed previously. Courses taken after the first semester, without having fulfilled the GWAR, will not be counted toward the graduate degree.

Advancement to Candidacy

Requirements (Effective 2009/2010 Catalog Year)

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelorís degree in upper division and approved graduate courses, including:

  1. A minimum of 18 units of 500 and/or 600 level courses in engineering;
  2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper division (400-level) or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
  3. Completion of an acceptable thesis or project and/or comprehensive examination.

Note: Students are strongly advised to read and be familiar with the campus regulations described under "Graduate Programs" elsewhere in the catalog (see link "CSULB Official Catalog" listed below).

Additional Information: M.S.E. Interdisciplinary

  • Contact our program adviser listed below for specific program information.
  • Consult the catalog link listed below in Official Program Information for past years program requirements.
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