Chemical & Biochemical Engineering


The goal of the MBS Chemical & Biochemical Engineering concentration is to educate students in the essential skills relevant to the chemical, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Students will be taught the fundamentals and applications of chemical and biochemical engineering science and will receive training in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology, ethics and entrepreneurship.  Rutgers location in close proximity to pharmaceutical, healthcare, chemical, biomedical and biotechnology companies makes the MBS degree attractive to students and practicing professionals in these industries. A Master of Business and Science in chemical and biochemical engineering will provide an intellectual climate for the preparation of individuals for professional advancement and train individuals with the requisite skills to work in the rapidly evolving and increasingly globalized industries.

Related ConcentrationsFood ScienceBiotechnologyDrug Discovery and Development, Biomedical Engineering, Personal Care Chemistry

Employment Opportunities

Students with an MBS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering may find jobs in petro-chemical companies, chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, technology/consulting companies.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is based on careful evaluation of scholastic record, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English unless the official language of their country is English – TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer based test). Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemical engineering may take undergraduate core chemical and biochemical engineering courses during their first year with approval from the Director of Graduate Program. A Bachelor’s major in chemical engineering or related discipline is highly recommended.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

CBE Core Mathematics Course – Required
16:155:507 Analytical Methods in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (3) (Fall)

CBE Core Courses – (Select 1 out of 4; others can be taken as electives)
16:155:501 Advanced Transport Phenomena I (3) (Fall)
16:155:502 Advanced Transport Phenomena II (3) (Spring)
16:155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) (Fall)
16:155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis and Reactor Design (3) (Spring)

Biotechnology and Life Science Course Requirement– (Select 1 out of 3; others can be taken as electives)
16:155:531 Biochemical Engineering (3) 
16:155:532 Topics in Biochemical Engineering (3)
16:155:533 Bioseparations (3)

Materials Course Requirement– (Select 1 out of 3; others can be taken as electives)
16:155:551 Polymer Science and Engineering I (3) (Fall)
16:155:552 Polymer Science and Engineering II (3) (
16:155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering (3)

Pharmaceutical Engineering Course Requirement* – (Select 1 out of 5; others can be taken as elective)
16:155:545  Pharmaceutical Process Design I (Synthesis, Separation and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry) (3) 
16:155:546 Pharmaceutical Process Design II (Pharmaceutical Unit Operations) (3)
16:155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations (3) (Fall)
16:155:549 Advanced Engineering, Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Transport Processes (3) (Spring)
16:155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering (3) 

* 16:155:541 cannot be used to satisfy both the Materials Course requirement and the Pharmaceutical Engineering Course requirement.

Course Descriptions

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Fuat E. Celik​

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business. 

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