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Chemical Engineering (CH E)

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PHILLIP E. SAVAGE, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
119 Greenberg Complex

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S.

The Graduate Faculty

Course offerings and research facilities are available in: bioprocessing, protein engineering, energy and alternative energy, catalysis and kinetics, fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, polymer science and engineering, process control, molecular simulation, systems biology and optimization.

Admission Requirements

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission. At the discretion of a graduate program, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study in a program without these scores. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students should be a graduate of an accredited program in chemical engineering. Graduates with other accredited engineering, mathematics, or physical science majors may be admitted, though alternative program schedules may be required as students will be required to demonstrate graduate level competency in the core chemical engineering disciplines of thermodynamics, reaction and reactor kinetics, and transport. This may include making up of undergraduate deficiencies without graduate credit. Students with a 3.00 grade-point average or above (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission.

Master's Degree Requirements

Two tracks are available in the Chemical Engineering MS program, a thesis and a non-thesis track. A minimum of 18 course credits (30 credits total) is required of the thesis track, which must also include completion of a research thesis and oral defense of the thesis. A minimum of 21 course credits (30 credits total) is required of the non-thesis track. This track also includes a 7 credits research project during the spring and summer that includes a culminating written paper and presentation. All MS students complete a set of core-courses in the fundamental chemical engineering disciplines of thermodynamics, reaction and reactor kinetics, and transport. There is no communication or language requirement. Continuous registration is required for all graduate students until the thesis or final paper is approved.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate course credits is required and must include a minimum of 15 credits of 500-series Chemical Engineering courses taken at the University. There is no communication or language requirement. The comprehensive examination consists of a written research proposal or project defended orally after it has been accepted.

Continuous registration is required for all graduate students until the thesis is approved.

Other Relevant Information

Programs leading to a minor in Chemical Engineering are available to both M.S. and Ph.D. candidates who wish to complement studies in their major fields with a broader knowledge of chemical thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and reactor design.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06

Review Date: 04/14/2015

Faculty linked: 6/5/14



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