Programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered with research emphasis in the areas of advanced materials processing, polymers, corrosion and flow in multiphase systems, batteries and fuel cells, energy and pollution control, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, and biomedical and biochemical engineering. Active collaborations exist with professors of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, and civil and mechanical engineering.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international applicants. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of any student seeking financial aid, though a waiver is possible for special cases.
The basic requirement for admission to the M.S. program is a B.S. in chemical engineering. Special programs of study leading to the M.S. in chemical engineering are possible for students who have received a bachelor’s degree in another scientific or engineering field. These special programs require completion of some portion of undergraduate chemical engineering courses and are generally available only to exceptionally well-qualified students. Inquiries are invited.
Students working toward the M.S. must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of graded coursework. The following courses in the chemical engineering area must be included: 5000, 6100, 6200, 6300, and 6400. Students also must complete a thesis requiring a minimum of 20 semester hours of work.
A non-thesis option is available for students having proven research competence. This program requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of graded coursework. A special topic investigation extending over two or more semesters is required of all non-thesis participants. The special project requires a minimum of 10 semester hours of work.
An M.S. in chemical engineering or an appropriate related area is required for candidacy in the Ph.D. program in most cases. Each student working toward a Ph.D. will take courses and complete appropriate work as required to fulfill a program of study determined by the student and his or her advisory committee and acceptable to the departmental graduate committee. A minimum of six hours of 7000-level courses are required. The Ph.D. qualifying examination, normally given twice a year, is a prerequisite for unconditional admission to the doctoral program. No student will be allowed to attempt the exam more than twice. After you have completed your coursework, you will be required to take a comprehensive examination consisting of the oral and written presentation of a research proposal in an area unrelated to your dissertation topic.
All graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in departmental courses. All graduate students are encouraged to take coursework outside the department in other engineering disciplines and in related areas such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics. All graduate students are required to participate in departmental graduate seminars when offered.