Program Overview

Lehigh's MPSE program specializes in polymers and polymer research. It is a part of the University's Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), a center that boasts qualified faculty from a number of backgrounds and chemistry specialties. The graduate degree in Polymer Science and Engineering was founded in 1975 and has since played a part in furthering the field of polymer research.

The MPSE program offers two degrees: The Masters in Science and the Masters in Engineering. Each program leaves students with a proficiency in polymer understanding and has overlap in courses that cover topics such as polymer synthesis, processing, emulsion, and other disciplines related to polymers. Both degree programs require a minimum of 30 credits for students to earn their degree and both have the same required courses, which are Physical Polymer Science and Organic Polymer Science. Students must earn a 'B' or higher in the required courses, and throughout all courses no student in either program can earn lower than a 'C'.

Differences in the degree requirements are seen in the research component of the Masters in Science degree. Students earning this degree need to partake in a six-credit research project in the polymer field, whereas students earning the Masters of Engineering degree instead complete a three-credit project.

The MPSE can be completed completely online through Lehigh's two distance-learning formats: Classroom LIVE and Classroom Online. Interested students are encouraged to contact program faculty for more detailed information regarding admittance and areas of research.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University confers degrees through four colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Education

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs.


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