Masters in Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering utilizes the governing principles of living systems, properties of biological materials and engineering methodology in the processing of biological materials and in the processes using biological agents such as cells, enzymes and antibodies.

Students and faculty are researching the conversion of raw biomaterials such as woody biomass and industrial biowastes by a wide array of processes into useful products. Research has centered on metabolic engineering, biorefining and carbon cycling. Full time Master’s students without private sponsorship may apply for a limited number of research assistantships.

Admission Requirements

Those holding a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field from an accredited institution and earned a GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) are invited to apply for admission. If the baccalaureate degree is in a field other than engineering, the applicant should have taken sophomore physics (electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics), differential equations and several engineering science courses. Examples of engineering science courses include electric circuits, mechanics (statics and fluids) and heat/mass transfer. Undergraduate academic transcripts, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendations must be submitted. Additionally, the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, and the GRE-PPI score is strongly encouraged. TOEFL is required for international students whose native language is other than English.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the MS in Biochemical Engineering degree will include completion of course requirements in compliance with the University of Georgia Graduate School requirements. That is, a student’s program of study will include a minimum of 24 semester credit hours, 12 of which must be from UGA courses open to only graduate students exclusive of thesis and project research. The 12 hours may not be satisfied by transfer credit, Master’s research (7000), Masters’ project research (7010), or thesis writing (7300). Specific required courses include Computational Mathematics (3 hours), Research Methods (3 hours), and seminar (1 hour). To receive the MS in Biochemical Engineering degree, each student will be required to present a satisfactory research proposal approved by the advisory committee and the graduate coordinator and pass a final examination and defense of the research thesis.