Master's program

Curriculum Overview

Students will be expected to successfully pass ten classes to be awarded the Master of Science in Molecular Engineering degree (MSME). In addition to core requirements, students will select a specialized track in Bio- and Immunoengineering, Computational Materials Modeling, or Polymer Science and Engineering. Degree requirements for each track will consist of core graduate student offerings, in-depth courses along the theme of the specialization track, and elective courses in business or humanities.


The University of Chicago academic year is based on the quarter system. Quarters are shorter academic units than semesters and allow a school to offer four different sessions of classes per year. Each quarter is ten weeks long. Please visit the University’s Academic Calendar for additional information.

Applied Curriculum & Coursework-focused Approach

The overall objective of the program is to prepare students for leadership roles in a technological society. The goal for most of the students is to follow traditional engineering paths in manufacturing, technology development, and research, but many will also follow paths that branch out into diverse fields such as law, medicine, business administration, consulting, entrepreneurship, or policy. For this reason, the MS in Molecular Engineering adopts a holistic coursework-focused approach covering fundamental and applied science and engineering, and also humanities, entrepreneurship, and business.

Graduate with a MS degree

Students will typically complete the program within one year (three quarters). Part-time students coming from the workforce or with time constraints will be given a second year to complete all requirements.


Students must complete ten classes (1000 units).

Transfer Options

The MS in Molecular Engineering does not allow the transfer of credits from any other graduate program.