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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 Pre-sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) 4.5
TOEFL 80 (no sub-score below 18) 74 (no sub-score below 16) 50
GRE Required


Must have minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0
No No
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 Fall, Summer 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.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

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 and Fees 


 Fee Direct Master's Accelerator (1 semester) Advanced Master's Accelerator (1 semester)
Tuition $14,635 $15,416
University Fees $1,317 $1,109
Health Insurance $675 $675
Total Tuition Costs $16,627 $17,200

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
Note: This cost is an estimate and is subject to change. Cost does not include housing and dining fees, books, or other living expenses.
*Price does not include tuition and fees following the MAP semesters. Please visit for additional information about tuition rates.
Costs may vary depending on program placement. Please check for more details.

Note: Additional lab fees will apply for Direct Master's Accelerator students based on actual courses taken. 

Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes. 

1Global Carolina fee covers all fees assessed for students (including ISS, English testing, BM fees, tech, health center, etc.).

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