Polymer Science/Macromolecular Science and Engineering

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Bachelor of Science, Master of Science

About the Program

At Case Western Reserve University, our engineering school is renowned for its global impact. And when you earn both your Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering and Master of Science in Macromolecular Science and Engineering through our integrated studies program, you could significantly increase your own impact from day one of your career.

In just five years, you’ll earn two degrees from one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the U.S., readying you for a career with applications in nearly every field imaginable. Our BS/MS program prepares highly motivated students like you for careers in academia or any number of industries. In fact, our alumni have landed opportunities at companies such as IBM, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Dow, or earned advanced degrees from some of the country’s most competitive academic programs, including those at MIT, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon and more.

What to Expect

In your undergraduate program, you’ll master the foundations of polymers through 90 credit hours and specialize in one of two tracks: traditional polymer engineering or biomaterials. You’ll then build on the basics in your 30-credit-hour graduate program, choosing the courses and thesis approach that best fit your interests and goals. Here, you can study everything from nano-materials and chemistry to self-assembly and fire science.

Typically, Case Western Reserve undergraduate students apply to the integrated BS/MS program in spring of their junior year and, if accepted, determine up to nine credit hours of graduate-level courses that can count toward both degrees.

By doubling up nearly 10 credit hours, you’ll double the power of your tuition. Plus, you’ll gain an advanced understanding of macromolecular science and engineering that is necessary for success.

Nearly ¾ of our undergraduate polymer majors go on to pursue an advanced degree. Why not get a jumpstart—and save time and money—with our integrated studies option?

Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is the nation’s first standalone polymer department.

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Beyond the Classroom

Case Western Reserve University is known for giving students early access to research opportunities, and our polymer and macromolecular science and engineering programs provide interdisciplinary collaborations from your first semester. 

You might partner to design nanomaterials to improve wind turbine blades, explore tissue engineering or get an electron-level look at complex surfaces, but no matter your area of interest, you’ll find our location in Cleveland gives you ample chances to perfect your polymer prowess or master macromolecular mysteries.

Plus, you’ll want to connect with your peers through the Macromolecular Student Organization or its undergraduate counterpart, or any variety of engineering groups on campus.

By the Numbers


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Admissions Requirements

You must be admitted to Case Western Reserve University’s undergraduate computer engineering program. When you’ve completed 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, you may apply to the master’s portion of your degree. Normally, this means you will submit your application in the sixth semester of the BS program (usually the spring term of the junior year).

Application requirements typically include:

  • Successful admittance to CWRU as an undergraduate
  • Completion of three years of a computer engineering major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completed online application
  • Planned Program of Study form
  • Statement of objectives
  • Resume/CV
  • Official Case Western Reserve University transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

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