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International Accelerator Program

Chemical Engineering (ME/MS)

U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of South Carolina's Chemical Engineering Program as one of the best in the country. The program also ranks 14th nationally in federally-funded chemical research and development, according to the National Science Foundation.  

Areas of study include:

  • Oil, gas, solar wind and other energy
  • Advanced material and specialty chemicals 
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology 
  • Food processing
  • Environmental health and safety 
  • Microeconomics 

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis. 

Admission Details

Requirement Direct Master's Accelerator Advanced MAster's Accelerator
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5  6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
TOEFL 80  74 (no sub-score below 16)
GRE Required


Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree of equivalent in chemical engineering from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements  3.0 GPA equivalent in all math course taken
Strongly Recommended: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring

Math Self-Evaluation

Engineering programs require a high level of math proficiency. For those programs, students will be required to complete a Math Self-Evaluation and declare that they meet the minimum proficiency standard.

Upon completion of the evaluation, fill out this Declaration Form and submit with application. 

All Engineering degree programs require a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken.

Sample Coursework

  • Engineering Analysis; 3 degree credits; closed.
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Fluit Flow Analysis
  • Advanced Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Process Analysis

Note: "Closed" is a course student will take their designated MAP cohort of international students. The course is not open to domestic students.


Progression Details

ME or MS in Chemical Engineering

Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator 

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.*

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total Credits Required for degree: 30

Tuition Costs 

For information regarding tuition and fees, please see our Costs Overview


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