Many of the essential products and materials in daily life are either used as or processed as a complex fluid. Non-durable consumer products, food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical formulations, coatings, adhesives, and health care products are all examples of multi-component complex fluids. Our ability to control and optimize the properties of these products depends on understanding how molecules interact and how those interactions impact properties.
The College of Engineering and Mellon College of Science jointly offer an interdisciplinary MS CPS degree program focused on teaching necessary fundamental and analytical skills. The program includes hands-on laboratory courses, lecture courses, and a wide variety of unique electives. Graduates go on to work in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nanotechnology and food science industries, among others.
Training in the MS CPS program enables graduates to immediately impact a diverse range of industries. The program started as a part-time degree for scientists with full-time employment in local industry, and that connection has remained strong.
The MS CPS program is either completed as a two-semester coursework-only degree or a three to four-semester project-based degree. Both programs include:
•Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules • Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces •CPS Lab I - Macromolecules •CPS Lab II - Colloids and Surfaces •Graduate level thermodynamics •Electives (from the College of Engineering or Mellon College of Science)
Students in the MS CPS project-based degree complete a three-semester independent project working closely with a research group in the department. These projects are designed to provide students with exposure to one of the many areas of this field.
The MS CPS degree is designed for students from both science or engineering backgrounds. Successful applicants have a strong science background and an interest in problem-solving and laboratory work.
Spring 2023 admission: Mid June through August
Fall 2023 admission: Mid September through Mid December
The MS CPS program prepares students to work with complex fluids, macromolecules, and interfaces vital for chemical product manufacturing and process development. Our graduates go on to work in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nanotechnology and food science industries, among others, at companies like:
Carnegie Mellon University
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