PhD in Chemical Engineering

Admission Requirements

The department reviews each applicant on an individual basis. Complete transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to meeting the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Engineering or chemistry.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, for the master’s program, and at least 3.50 for the doctoral program. In exceptional cases, applicants with averages below 3.00 but above 2.75 may be admitted on limited standing if they show evidence of substantial ability to complete the program successfully.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the Graduate College, students must also meet the following program requirements:

Entering with BS in Chemical Engineering

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 108 from the baccalaureate. 
  • Course Work At least 24 semester hours must be at the 500-level.
Required Core Courses (5 courses, 20 hours)
Transport Phenomena
Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
Mathematical Methods In Chemical Engineering
Advanced Thermodynamics
Fluid Phase Equilibria
Separation Processes
Advanced Mass Transfer
Microhydrodynamics, Diffusion and Membrane Transport
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
Electives (7 courses, 28 hours)
At least three courses (12 hours) at the 500-level. Of these, at least 8 semester hours of advanced math, including at least one 500-level course from the Department of Mathmatics, Statistics, and Computer Science.
Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research (one semester hour each term, to a maximum of 4 hours)
Research Credit
Ph.D. Thesis Preparation (60 semester hours)
  • Examinations 
    • Qualifying Examination: Not required.
    • Preliminary (Research) Examination: Required; oral.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements Each student must present a seminar based on his or her research in CHE 595 at least once.

Entering with MS in Chemical Engineering

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 76 from the MS. 32 semester hours are given for the MS.
  • Course Work 
Courses (6 courses, 24 hours)
Courses in the core requirement above, not completed in the prior degree, must be taken. No course from prior degree may be repeated. At least 24 semester hours must be taken (or given credit from prior degree) at the 500-level. At least 8 semester hours of advanced math, including at least one 500-level course from the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science must be taken.
Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research (1 semester hour each term, to a maximum of 4 hours)
Research Credit
Ph.D. Thesis Preparation (52 semester hours)
  • Examinations 
    • Qualifying Examination: Not required.
    • Preliminary (Research) Examination: Required; oral.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements Each student must present a seminar based on his or her research in CHE 595 at least once.