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Chemical Engineering Professional Master's Program

Whether you are a recent graduate of a STEM program wanting to further your education or a current professional wanting to advance your career, the Professional Master’s Program (PMP) in the Charles D. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University is for you.

The PMP is a full time, 12 – 16 month, non-thesis M.S. program designed specifically to prepare graduates for specialized careers in industry, academia, and government. Through a combination of rigorous coursework in chemical engineering, business and management, and a summer research project, students obtain advanced specialized education and professional management skill training in one of five key areas of chemical engineering:

In addition, students have the option to maximize their business and management component and may opt to pursue the MSChE + MBA dual degree option:

Given the strong Purdue chemical engineering reputation and an increasingly critical need for specialized knowledge, the program attracts vibrant cohorts of qualified students from all over the world. The Charles D. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering has always ranked high in employment statistics, and there are many opportunities available for the alumni of the Professional MS program after graduation.

Upon completing the program, our graduates can communicate, negotiate, and lead people and projects within a global engineering enterprise in various roles, such as:

  • Process Engineer
  • Process Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant

Graduates of our program enter a pipeline that connects companies to not only the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering but also Purdue’s Top 10 College of Engineering. With more than 88,000 College of Engineering alumni in the global workforce, our PMP students join a very large family of Boilermakers when they graduate, at the same time leveraging the overall stellar reputation of Purdue University as one of the elite public research institutions in the United States. Read more about how the program prepares graduates for fulfilling careers by reading our Alumni Profiles.

To learn more about the program, start with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, then review the program’s degree requirements and curriculum. When you are ready to apply, please find detailed instructions in How to Apply for Admission to the PMP. Download our brochure here.

Join Us on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. EST for a live Informational Webinar for prospective students and learn more about the program! Just follow this link and RSVP to attend the webinar and submit any questions you have so they can be answered during the webinar.

Why choose a Purdue Chemical Engineering Professional M.S.?

Increased Employment Opportunities: 100% of respondents to our employment survey have found employment within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates are hired at various companies throughout the world, such as 3M, BASf, Sanofi Genzyme, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and McKinsey & Company. Additionally, the management component of our program prepares students for increased business and supervisory roles in industry and government sectors.

Increased Earning Potential: Our graduates report an average starting salary of $69,100 (USD), and, according to the 2017 AIChE Salary Report, engineers with a Master's degree earn 25% more than chemical engineers with a Bachelor's degree, reporting a median salary of $137,400 vs $110,000, respectively. 

Low Cost of Living & Tuition: Tuition for our program is considerably cost effective at approximately $13,895-$19,453 for resident students, $37,398-$52,357 for non-resident students, and $37,598--$52,637 for international students. Also, the cost of living in the Greater Lafayette-West Lafayette area is one of the lowest in the nation, with housing rent ranging from 23% to 179% less expensive than competing university cities (

Find out what makes living in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area so great and learn more about it here.


Join us and catalyze your career today!


Are you a newly admitted student? Check out our list of items to complete prior to arriving on campus.


Contact Us

 Corwin Green
 Professional Master's Program Administrator
 FRNY 2037C
 (765) 494-7343