Graduate Programs in Macromolecular Science & Engineering

An Invitation to Apply

Dear Interested Scientist or Engineer:

It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to apply for admission to graduate study in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University. It is my firm belief that our department is among the very best in the world, with recognized expertise and projects among the faculty spanning cutting-edge nanoscale processing to exciting functional materials. Furthermore our graduates have a track-record of securing fulfilling jobs in industry, government labs, and academia, having benefited from a modern polymer science curriculum and research training with recognized experts.

Please visit Graduate Studies' webpage to apply and for more information about the process and the required supporting materials. For admissions information including frequently asked questions, please read our letter to you. You may also email requesting information about admissions and/or your application status.

As chairman of the Graduate Committee, I am happy to answer any questions you may have, from polymer research topics to practical issues of relocating to Cleveland. You can reach me most easily at I look forward to hearing from you!

Prof. Gary Wnek

Chairman, Graduate Committee


Graduate Programs in Macromolecular Science

Master and Doctorate programs are available as graduate degrees in Macromolecular Science. Explore our areas of research now. 


Graduate Degree Guidelines

Candidates holding or about to receive a B.S., B.A. or higher degree are eligible to apply for entrance to the graduate program of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Normally an education in any of the sciences or engineering is appropriate, although some college-level background in chemistry, physics and mathematics is essential. The university rules require that a candidate for entrance into graduate school should have graduated in the top third of his/her class.


Master of Science Programs

Master’s Thesis (Plan A)
The minimum requirement to complete a Master’s degree under Plan A is 30 hours.  Of the 30 hours, at least 18 hours must be coursework, and 9 hours must be thesis research. The normal residency period for an M.S. degree is 2 years. For completion of Master’s degrees Plan A, an oral examination (defense) of the Master’s thesis is required. Review degree requirements and course descriptions in our General Bulletin.

Master’s Comprehensive (Plan B)
The Master's Plan B program is available for individuals who live out-of-state or are working full-time. A research report and oral examination is required before graduation. This option requires 30 total credit hours, which includes an independent study project and coursework. 

Each candidate for the Master’s degree under Plan B must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination, which is administered by the department or curricular program committee.  The examination may be written or oral or both. Some courses can be taken via Distance Learning or transfer credits. Review degree requirements and course descriptions in our General Bulletin.

Fire Science Specialization

Students also have the option of earning their M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering with a specialization in Fire Science and Engineering. Learn more about this unique program now.  

PhD Program

The PhD program consists of 36 hours of coursework including the departmental core courses and 18 credit hours of PhD thesis work, in addition to passing the research qualifying exam (oral proposal) and the written qualifying exam.

Review full degree requirements and course descriptions in our General Bulletin.

Each doctoral student is responsible for becoming sufficiently familiar with the research interests of the department or program faculty to choose in a timely manner a faculty member who will serve as the student’s research advisor. The research adviser is expected to provide mentorship in research conception, methods, performance and ethics, as well as focus on development of the student’s professional communication skills, building professional contacts in the field, and fostering the professional behavior standard of the field and research in general.

For students entering the PhD program with an MS degree, 18 credit hours of coursework is required, not 36 credit hours. For those enrolled in the MD/PhD degree program, all 18 course credits for breadth and depth courses must be taken within the Medical School Program.


The General Bulletin describes both undergraduate and graduate programs in full detail, and the Case Registrar's Office provides an online Searchable Schedule of Classes.


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