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BSE Chemical Engineering/MSE Materials Science and Engineering SUGS Program

Updated August 2023

Introduction and Summary

Many students who enter a chemical engineering program do so out of an interest in chemistry. It is this interest in understanding the relationship between chemical structure, processing, and subsequent properties of the materials, of a molecular level understanding of how things work, that leads to an interest in materials science. Students interested in research, design, and or manufacturing of materials might therefore consider continuing their studies through this program. 

This Sequential Undergraduate Graduate Studies (SUGS) program allows students to complete requirements for both degrees in five years. Students pursuing dual degrees are not eligible to enroll in SUGS programs. Students who plan to pursue a PhD should apply directly to PhD programs.


  1. Students apply for the program early in the second term of their junior year for provisional admission into the program in order to be advised appropriately regarding planning for undergraduate and graduate course selections. SUGS students must enroll in Rackham for at least two full terms, paying Rackham tuition.
  1. Applications (standard Rackham forms) are processed using Rackham Graduate admission procedures, including letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
  1. An overall GPA of 3.5 or above at time of admission is required. GRE scores are not required, but will be considered if provided.


  1. All 128 credits of Chemical Engineering BSE requirements must be met. MSE 410, Design and Application of Biomaterials, may be used to fulfill the biology/life science requirement for chemical engineering. Two masters level MSE courses may be used to fulfill ChE technical electives.
  1. Student has the choice of two M.S.E degrees: One with a primary focus on coursework (Coursework M.S.E.) or one with an emphasis on research (Research M.S.E.):

Coursework M.S.E.

SUGS students must complete 30 credit hours (coursework and research credits) of graduate level courses per the coursework M.S.E. degree requirements.

  1. Foundation courses (minimum of 12 credit hours) 
  2. Elective courses (maximum of 18 credit hours)

Of the 30 credit hours, at least 15 credit hours of MSE department courses (excluding MSE 690) must be taken.

Elective courses:

SUGS students can select a number of undergrad and graduate level courses (up to 18 credits) within this category/module.

  • SUGS students may double count up to 9 credit hours of non-required B.S.E undergrad coursework toward the 18 credit hours.  Required undergraduate courses will not be double counted, but courses elected to meet technical or free elective B.S.E. requirements may be double counted.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of the undergrad program can be transferred to the master’s degree and counted toward the 18 credit hours.
  • All courses to be double counted or transferred are to be approved by the MSE Undergrad Program Advisor.
  • Of the 18 credit hours, up to 8 credit hours may be satisfied by MSE 690 (Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering).  Students taking MSE 690 must submit a research report commensurate with the number of MSE 690 credits taken. This report must be approved by the project supervisor. 

SUGS students must enroll in in Rackham only for two full terms minimum, paying full tuition.

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See the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate study (SUGS) Programs for ChE Students handout for more information regarding how SUGS works.


Lisa Clark, 3142 Dow, (734) 763-7125, [email protected]
Undergraduate SUGS Program Website


Prof. Liang Qi, 2158A HH Dow, (734) 615-8086, [email protected]

Ms. Renee Hilgendorf, 3062D HH Dow (734) 763-9790, [email protected]

MSE Program Website

Rackham SUGS website