A Grad Track Pathway (GTP) offers early provisional admission to a master’s degree program to exceptional undergraduate students and enables these students to earn coursework credit toward their master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. Specifically, two graduate-level courses (six credit hours) can be designated in the Chemical Engineering Grad Track Pathway application to apply toward the bachelor’s degree (possibly as technical electives) and then also toward the associated master’s degree.

Degree programs

  • MS in Chemical Engineering

Benefits of the program

  • Up to six credit hours of 5000-level or above Chemical Engineering coursework to be counted for both BS and MS degrees as “shared credit”,
  • Lower undergraduate tuition rates for the classes taken for shared BS/MS credit,
  • GRE not required for admission,
  • Possible admission to a different MS program,
  • Research project, if thesis MS is chosen, able to start before completing BS degree (more use of undergraduate research), and
  • Up to six years to complete non-thesis MS, plus one or more graduate certificates of interest, at your own pace and via distance/online courses.
  • Admissions criteria
  • How to apply

Admissions criteria

The minimum requirements for eligibility to the Grad Track Pathway in Chemical Engineering are:

  • Must be at or beyond the junior level as defined by a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Must have completed 18 credit hours of chemical engineering courses.
  • Must have a 3.5 minimum GPA in the chemical engineering courses.

How to apply

To be admitted into the pathway program, the student must do the following:

  • Submit the Admission and Course Approval Form to their departmental advisor, the associate chair of academic affairs, and then the dean of graduate education.
    • Graduate coursework taken for Grad Track Pathway including any 5000-level or 6000-level chemical engineering lecture courses will be identified on the Admission and Course Approval Form.
  • Apply for admission to the master’s program.
    • Complete the GTP application in your last year and no later than 30 days prior to the completion (commencement) of your undergraduate degree.
  • Attach one letter of recommendation from a Chemical Engineering faculty member with your application.


For more information about the program, please see the Grad Track Pathway Admission and Standards. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jee-Ching Wang, the graduate advisor for Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.