Bridge to Chemical Engineering's Professional Master's Program
Recognizing that students with undergraduate degrees outside engineering may be interested in the pursuit of a Professional MS in Chemical Engineering, the department allows interested non-traditional students to complete a bridging program via Michigan State University. The program prepares undergraduates from science, technology, and mathematics backgrounds to successfully
pursue a Professional MS in ChemE.
Chemical Engineering is a highly versatile degree program, drawing upon tools from the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The bridging program is designed to provide a smooth transition for students from the natural sciences and mathematics to graduate
study in chemical engineering. It is our expectation that students pursuing this degree will depart Pitt as scientists-turned-engineers who are better equipped to achieve their career goals. Students who complete the program will find they are now
eligible for additional roles in industry, oftentimes in management positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries in addition to many others.
What is the bridging program?
PLEASE NOTE: The formal bridging program described below will not be officially offered until further notice. Students may still transition into Chemical Engineering by completing Michigan State University's bridging program. Check back on this page for future updates regarding Pitt's own bridging program launch.
Michigan State University Bridging Program: As of now, students must take two bridging courses, CHE 804 and 805, offered as Internet-based courses through Michigan State University before the fall term of their first semester in graduate school. The student must receive at least a B grade in each of these courses. See here for details about CHE 804 and 805. The procedures for the program can be found here.
Start Date TBD: Swanson's formal Bridging Program will not launch Summer 2021, please return to this page for further updates. Once the program is open, it will take place during the summer (4-week term starting in July) prior to starting your MS coursework. This is an intensive 6-credit summer course providing the highlights of ChE required to begin taking graduate coursework at the start
of the fall term. The bridging course is only required for those students who do not have a traditional undergraduate engineering degree.
Examples of Eligible Majors
The Chemical Engineering program welcomes students from various academic backgrounds, including but not limited to:
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree with high academic standing in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, biology, or physics. This program is available to Pitt undergrads as well as students from other universities with a STEM
undergrad degree interested in pursuing a Professional MS in Chemical Engineering.
Applicants from disciplines other than engineering who want to pursue this degree must complete the following coursework before the start of the fall term:
- Ordinary differential equations (Pitt Math 0290, or equivalent)
- The Bridging Program during the summer (4-week term starting in July)
- Please note that students whose undergraduate degree is in engineering are not required to complete the Bridging Program but students from some programs (e.g. Industrial, Electrical and Computer...) may find the program helpful.
This program is designed that students can complete their Professional MS degree (31 credits) in 18 months from the start of the bridging program through the completion of their credit requirements as a full-time student as follows:
- Entering Summer Term:
- Students enroll in, or have already completed: Ordinary differential equations (Pitt Math 0290, or equivalent)
- Complete 4 week Bridging Program
- Note: these credits do not count toward your 31 required credits toward the MS in Chemical Engineering
- Fall Term:
- Complete ChE 2201, ChE 2301, ChE 2410, and 1 elective course toward degree in Chemical Engineering, or 13 credits
- Spring Term:
- ChE 2101, 1 elective course, and Undergraduate Senior Design (ChE 0613), or 11 total credits (6 graduate)
- Second Summer Term:
- Second Fall Term:
- Complete remaining 4 MS courses towards degree in Chemical Engineering, or 12 credits
||All Other Applicants
- Minimum GPA - 3.4
- If you earned your undergraduate degree from Pitt and meet our minimum GPA and majors for admission requirements, you qualify for expedited admission
- Academic Transcript
- Personal Statement
- GRE is encouraged, but not required, for Fall 2021 applicants (please check back soon to see updated requirements for applicants after Fall 2021).
- Minimum GPA - 3.0
- Academic Transcript
- Personal Statement
- 2 Letters of Recommendation required
- GRE is encouraged (but not required)
Tuition and Financial Aid
Applicants can find more information about our graduate tuition rates here. Undergraduate Pitt students who are high academic performers (meet minimum GPA) are eligible for the Pitt2Pitt scholarship, see here for information.
Find Applications Below
For more information about the Bridging Program and eligibility requirements please contact:
Susan Fullerton, PhD
Vice Chair for Graduate Education, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
412-624-2079 – firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Swanson's graduate programs please contact:
Stephanie Opalinski, MBA
Director of Graduate Programs Recruitment and Enrollment Marketing
412-383-7027 – email@example.com
For more information about the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering or application information please contact:
Rita Ann Leccia
Graduate Program Administrative Assistant, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
412-624-9646 – firstname.lastname@example.org