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Engineering: Chemical Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - October 03, 2017

Civil Engineering

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported a slower than average job growth forecast between 2014 and 2024 – with a rate of two percent.

But, before you step away from your dream of obtaining a chemical engineering master’s degree in the United States, it’s worth considering what that really means. According to industry experts, the growth rate doesn’t take into account the number of chemical engineers that are primed for retirement – allowing plenty of space for those beginning their careers to gain a foothold in the job market.

Looking for another good reason to consider an American chemical engineering master’s degree? How about the salary?

According to the BLS, the 2016 median pay was $98,340 annually. Now, that does include all levels of education and a variety of industry. If you want to consider the salaries of only master’s graduates, Monster.com puts the median pay at $117,000 annually.

Looking for a university to pursue your chemical engineering master’s degree? Keep in mind that the states with the highest number of engineering jobs are:

  • Texas
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

You may want to consider pursuing your education in these or neighbouring states. But, remember that recruiters are looking for top talent across the country. Below, we’ve got a handy list of recruiters active across campuses so you can begin putting your future in place. 

Quick view: Top US chemical engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tempe, Arizona
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 49
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,411
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Pasadena (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $78,786
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering
Stanford (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,726
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,959
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

University of California—​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,005
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of California—​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 37
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 49
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,837
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Los Angeles, California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $59,302
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering
San Diego, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 54
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,934
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Colorado—​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Boulder, Colorado
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,932
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,387
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Washington - College of Engineering
Seattle, Washington
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,321
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast


Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,890
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Ithaca, New York

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 19
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,280
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 19
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering
Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $82,750
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 94
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,491
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Northeastern University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 58
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $42,666
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

University Park, Pennsylvania

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,000
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton, New Jersey
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,190
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering
Troy, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Delaware - College of Engineering
Newark, Delaware
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,713
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Maryland—​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering
College Park (Washington DC), Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,054
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,240
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Rochester - Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Rochester, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 84
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,108
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US South


Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering
Houston, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,763
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Gainesville, Florida

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,901
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering
Nashville, Tennessee
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 44
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $66,732
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,220
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

 Universities: US Midwest

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering
Cleveland, Ohio
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 50
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $62,704
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
Iowa State University - College of Engineering
Ames, Iowa
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,658
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,014
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $52,196
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,118
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,984
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,006
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering
Notre Dame, Indiana
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR chemical department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $71,856
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top chemical engineering masters recruiters


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