CHME Graduate Curricula

Detailed requirements of the NMSU graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are defined in the Graduate Catalog.


In addition to the requirements of the NMSU Graduate School, applicants to the CHME program must also provide: (1) a statement of purpose for pursuing graduate studies in Chemical & Materials Engineering; (2) an official GRE score; and (3) three letters of recommendation from previous mentors.

Learn more about the ranking of GRE scores.

To make admission to the Ph D program in Chemical Engineering, select “Engineering” rather than “Chemical Engineering” on the online application form.

Admission to the NMSU CHME Graduate Program is competitive.  The program will only admit the strongest applicants as space in the program is available.  The number of applicants admitted each semester is dependent upon numerous factors, including the availability of funding, lab space, the current number of students in the program and their relative degree of matriculation toward degree completion, and the research staffing needs of the CHME faculty.  Apply by March 1 and November 1 to be included in the pool of candidates to be offered assistantships in the subsequent regular semester, though candidates are encouraged to apply at any time.

Transfer of Graduate Coursework

Coursework may be transferred from another institution into the NMSU CHME graduate program. The Transfer of Credit form must be completed.  As noted on this form, The coursework in question must be (1) taken in residence at an accredited university, (2) taken at the graduate level, (3) taught by a member of the
graduate faculty, (4) acceptable for graduate credit at offering university, (5) logically fit into the program of study being undertaken at NMSU (as verified by Dept. Head’s signature, (6) and this coursework WILL NOT be older than seven years at the time of my graduation from NMSU (for Master’s students only).

To transfer coursework from a foreign institution, the syllabus content of the course to be transferred must first be converted to English by International Student & Scholar Services. I have found this process to be expedited if you bring both the original syllabus and your own translated version when you go to the offices at International Student & Scholar Services.

CHME Graduate Curriculum for 2019-2020

Master of Science

The goals of the Master’s degree graduate program are three-fold:

  • increase the student’s understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals
  • deepen the student’s knowledge within a specialized area of chemical engineering
  • broaden the student’s knowledge in basic science and engineering.

These goals are achieved by a combination of required courses, elective courses, and independent  research.  The MS research must be compiled into a thesis and defended.

The MSCHE requires completion of a total of 32 credit hours as described below.  The plan of study submitted to the Graduate School must show ONLY the 32 hours that apply to the MSCHE… no more, no less.

Doctor of Philosophy

The goals of the Doctoral program are to develop the candidate’s:

  • expertise within a field of chemical engineering
  • breadth in advanced engineering topics
  • ability to conduct independent research
  • aptitude for identifying significant research issues.

For satisfactory completion of the Doctoral program, the candidate must demonstrate that his or her work is creative, novel and innovative.

The Doctoral candidate is not formally admitted to candidacy until after passing both of the following exams:

CHME Ph D students must publish a minimum of two (2) archival papers in any of the journals listed in the ISI – Web of Science.  These papers must be published or accepted for publication before the candidate appears for the final defense.  Students must complete the publication reporting form on the Graduate School’s website before the CHME Department Head will sign the Doctorate of Philosophy Examination Form.

The Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering requires completion of 54 credit hours as described below. The plan of study submitted to the Graduate School must show ONLY the 54 hours that apply to the Ph D in CHME… no more, no less.

Master of Engineering – Chemical Process Industry

The MECPI is a coursework and project-based (non-thesis) degree with added emphasis on business characteristics of the Chemical Process Industry.  CPIME students will spend a calendar year performing a detailed economic and market analysis of the capstone problem as assigned in CHME 455 (Chemical Plant Design).  Students who elect to pursue the CPIME must have a BSCHE (including the simulation sequence of 352L, 452L, and 455L, or equivalent training) and have completed ACCT 251/252 and ECON 251G/252G. 

The MECPI requires a total of 32 credit hours and can be completed in 3 academic semesters beginning from the fall semester and including the summer of study.  MECPI students will complete the core graduate CHME courses (14 cr) one CHME technical elective (3 cr), three MECPI Business/Economics/Management (BEM) electives (9 cr), and the 6 credit hour CPI analysis sequence CHME 555(3) / 556(1) / 557(2).

MECPI candidates must submit the product of their CHME 557 analysis for publication in an appropriate journal identified during CHME 596 CPI Research.  If a journal article is not ready for submission by Fall Year 2, the student will be required to continue CHME 596 until the article is submitted.

Deficiencies in Undergraduate Preparation

Each student admitted to the CHME grad program who has an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than chemical engineering must schedule a meeting with the CHME Department Head to identify the undergraduate course deficiencies the student must take to obtain a graduate degree in chemical engineering.  The CHME Department Head will place a record (based on this template) in the student’s file that clearly identifies each required deficiency course.  In some cases, preparatory coursework must be completed prior to admission.

Each undergraduate deficiency course must be passed with a minimum grade of B.

Graduate Research

CHME researchers must become familiar with the expectations of CHME research.

Prior to departing, CHME researchers must obtain appropriate signatures on the researcher exit checklist.

Graduate Seminar


All CHME graduate students must attend the graduate seminar on Friday at 1:30 PM in JH 283.
Monthly Departmental Safety Training Class is offered in the graduate seminar. 
Attendance will be taken each week and only 1 unapproved absence per semester is allowed.


All M.S. candidates are required to give at least one presentation at the graduate seminar, PhD students give at least two presentations, before completing their degrees.  A student’s research advisor will be informed of excessive absences from the seminar.  The advisor will be responsible for disciplinary action.


Graduate Assistantships are available (Teaching and Research) in CHME to eligible students.  The faculty begin reviewing applications and assigning assistantships for the fall semester on March 1 of the same year.  Assistantships are assigned on a competitive basis to those students who are deemed to have the strongest application package.

Retroactive Registration Changes

Complete these forms as found on the Graduate School website (

  • Petition for Waiver of Course Registration Change Deadline
  • Change of Schedule Form
  • Change of Grade form