Prospective Professional Master's Students

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 (ChE) at Purdue University is for you. Intended for those pursuing careers in industry, the PMP in chemical engineering  integrates subject matter across disciplines, focusing on industrial practice and design to help you increase your technical and business skills. 

About the Program

The PMP is a 1-1.5 calendar year, residential (on-campus) program, wherein students complete at least 30 credits of coursework consisting of a mixture of technical courses (15 credits) and management courses (9 credits) during the Fall and Spring semesters and culminating with a Summer semester industry-based or academic-based capstone project (6 credit hours). The PMP is designed to prepare students for success as leaders and managers in industry, providing students with the technical skills they would acquire in a traditional MS program, but also developing skills needed in industry, such as leadership and management skills, business and financial skills, oral and written communications, teamwork, and defining and managing projects.

Students can tailor their coursework by focusing their efforts in one of five key areas of chemical engineering that best aligns with their interests and career goals.These area concentrations define your curriculum and prepare you for work in a specific industry area

In addition, students coming to us with 2 or more years of professional experience (including internships) have the option to maximize theire experience and pursue the MSChE + MBA dual degree option. This option allows students to expand upon the business and management curriculum of the PMP, sharing credits towards completion of an MBA through Purdue's top-ranked Krannert School of Management MBA program

Upon completion, the PMP confers a terminal Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree - meaning it does not advance toward the PhD in chemical engineering at Purdue. After graduation students immediately enter the workforce, beginning successful careers as chemical engineers with the skills and knowledge acquired from the PMP.

If you know you want to work in academia or eventually get your Ph.D. in chemical engineering, a traditional M.S. thesis program, which we do not offer, may be a better choice for you. Though the PMP could serve as a bridge program, as we have seen success with some students being accepted into PhD prorgrams after completion of the program.

Experiential Learning

The cornerstone of the ChE Professional M.S. Program at Purdue is our experiential capstone project program, wherein students work on open-ended problems over the course of 12 weeks during the summer semester. In this program, students have the option of choosing a 6-credit hour industry-based or academic-based capstone project. Industry projects typically consist of teams in which a group of 2-4 students work with a mentor from a company while students working on academic projects join the laboratory of a Purdue Chemical Engineering faculty member. This program is designed to give students professionally relevant experience where they can utilize the knowledge gained from their PMP courses and apply it in real world context. More information about the Experiential Capstone Program can be found here.


Upon completing the program, our graduates are prepared to be technical managers and 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

Explore our PMP Alumni Profiles to learn about our distinguished alumni and their experiences in the program.

Why choose a Professional Master's in Chemical Engineering?

  • Increased Employment Opportunities: A professional master’s degree is specifically for students planning to work in industry. The program provides students with the technical skills they would acquire in a traditional MS program, but also develops skills needed in industry, such as leadership and management skills, business and financial skills, oral and written communications, teamwork, and defining and managing projects.
  • 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

Why Choose Purdue?

  • Field Defining Innovation & Research: The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering has been educating future leaders in chemical engineering for over 100 years. Our researchers perform field-defining research that is regarded worldwide for its impact and quality.
  • Excellence at Scale: As one of the top 10 engineering graduate programs in the nation, Purdue's College of Engineering is one of the largest and strongest programs in the nation with 13 different schools and departments.
  • Affordable Tuition:  Tuition for our program is considerably cost effective at approximately $13,895-$19,453 for Indiana residents, $37,398-$52,357 for non-resident students, and $37,598--$52,637 for international students.
  • Low Cost of Living: 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.

Learn More

  1. Read the program’s degree requirements and curriculum.
  2. Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
  3. Attend one of our monthly virtual information sessions to learn more about the program and interact with us directly.

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