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Chemical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in chemical engineering has three main requirements:

  1. Coursework. You can view core coursework requirements in the Course Catalog. Elective courses will be worked out with your dissertation committee.
  2. Candidacy examination. This exam is intended to evaluate your overall knowledge of chemical engineering as well as expertise in your areas of focus. The exam has both an oral and written component.
  3. Dissertation. You must write and defend an original, research-based dissertation that contributes to scientific knowledge in your field.

Ph.D. students will develop an individualized program of study with their advisory committee. The program of study describes the specific courses, research and related activities you will take to meet your degree requirements. We recommended that you develop a program of study as soon as possible upon arriving at the university.

Advisory committee

When you start your program, you may be assigned a temporary advisor. However, you should select a general research area, full advisory committee and major advisor sometime during the first semester, if you are entering the Ph.D. program having already completed a master's degree. If you do not have a master's degree when you start the program, you may take additional time to settle on your advisory committee.

Advisory or examining committees consist of at least five members of the graduate faculty: three from your area of specialization, and two from a department outside chemical and materials engineering. The committee is very important in guiding your progress toward an advanced degree, and high priority should be placed in forming the committee during the first semester. You are free to change advisors or committee members at any time.

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