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Discover the World-Changing Power of Chemistry

Tackle the most pressing issues of today through the application of chemical sciences.

By pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry or chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, you will provide critical solutions to combat growing problems such as environmental pollution, disease, energy demands, and more.

Graduate Programs in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

M.S.
in Chemistry

Gain specialized knowledge in a particular area of chemistry while building upon fundamental concepts.
Ph.D.
in Chemistry

Study at the forefront of chemical research and explore the boundaries and intersections between chemistry and other fields of study.
M.S.
in Chemical Engineering

Contribute new knowledge to a core area of chemical engineering while enhancing your understanding of key concepts.
Ph.D.
in Chemical Engineering

Explore the unknown phenomena in chemical engineering through independent research.

Featured Research

Researchers in chemistry have paved the way for the design of proteins with new biochemical functions.
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Engineers have made progress toward quantum computing by providing insight into key semiconductor materials. 
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Chemistry Student Spotlight

Adrian Riives looks forward to the day when her Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology will facilitate her work with other scientists and engineers to develop zero-carbon renewable energies for U.S. national energy and economic stability — technology essential, she feels, for the future of the planet. Always drawn to science, Riives plans to use her knowledge “in an empathetic sense to benefit society.” Believing that science is for everyone, Riives currently serves as the senior U.S. national student representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, which focuses on increasing the representation of Indigenous or First Nations students in STEM within the U.S. and Canada.

Chemical Engineering Student Spotlight

Toluwanimi Bello, originally from Nigeria, became interested in chemical engineering because he saw his oil-rich country’s inability to refine most of their crude oil. His interest in the various aspects of chemical engineering vary, but he is currently focusing on materials — polymers, soft matter, and advanced materials — which, he says, are useful across many disciplines. Bello is also involved with an annual event that brings middle schools students from the area to the research lab on campus to teach them the fundamentals of polymer science and engineering. Currently a Ph.D. student, he would like to pursue work related to materials, renewable energy, or data analytics with a global-focused company.