PhD in Chemical Engineering

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering represents scholarly achieve­ment demonstrated by independent research. A Ph.D. candidate must be able to demonstrate competence in the subject matter of his or her field. Of major importance to the Ph.D. degree is the student’s research, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and dissertation, which must provide new and significant contribution to knowledge in the student’s field. The intellectual and creative matter presented in the dissertation must meet the standards of the department and university. Typically, successful completion of a PhD degree requires five years for students entering the program with a Bachelors degree. The maximum allowable time for completion of the PhD degree is seven years.


A summary of steps towards the PhD degree is shown below. (Click image to download a PDF version.)

PhD Program Overview - Click for a PDF version

Other Requirements

In addition to the steps shown above, PhD students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Publish a minimum of two first-author articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research at local and national conferences
  • Participate in graduate seminars and symposia
  • Serve as a teaching assistant for two chemical engineering courses

 For additional details, please refer to the Gradaute Handbook!


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