Chemical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

The program of study leading to the Ph.D. is available to students who have either a BS or MS in chemical engineering. Students with a BS must complete 30 course credits and 24 dissertation credits, for a total of 54 credits, including:

  • required core CHME courses (14 credits);
  • graduate elective courses (12 credits);
  • CHME elective courses (3 credits);
  • independent research as CHME 698 Ph.D. Research- Level II prior to completion of the comprehensive exam (12 credits);
  • dissertation as CHME 700 after completion of the comprehensive exam (12 credits); and
  • graduate seminar as CHME 690 Graduate Seminar (1 credit). 

Ph.D. students must pass:

  1. a qualifying examination within 24 months of starting their Ph.D. studies;
  2. a comprehensive examination completed a minimum of nine months prior to the dissertation defense; and
  3. an oral defense of the written dissertation before the dissertation committee.
  4. PhD candidates in the College of Engineering, who have successfully completed their PhD Qualifier Examination after January 1, 2018, must satisfy a publication requirement which requires two papers:

Paper #1: An archival paper accepted or published in any journal listed in the source publication list for the Web of Science, or a refereed Journal or Conference Proceeding approved by the student’s doctoral committee and the cognizant Department Head(s), before the Doctorate of Philosophy final examination. The candidate should be listed as the lead author in Paper #1.

Paper #2: An additional archival paper submitted, accepted, or published in any journal listed in the source publication list for the Web of Science. Alternatively, one conference paper accepted or published in a national or international conference proceedings.

Required Core Courses
CHME 501Graduate Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers3
CHME 506Graduate Transport Phenomena(s)3
CHME 516Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering3
CHME 542Graduate Reactor Analysis and Design (s)3
CHME 594Professional Communication in Chemical Engineering2
CHME electives (select from CHME 455-CHME 589)3
Electives 112
CHME 690Graduate Seminar1
CHME 698Ph.D. Research- Level II 212
CHME 700Doctoral Dissertation 312
Total Credits54

Elective courses are intended to supplement the research work of each graduate student. These courses must be numbered 450 or above and must be approved by the dissertation advisor.


Minimum 12 credits AFTER completion of the qualifying exam and BEFORE completion of the comprehensive exam.


Minimum 12 credits AFTER completion of the comprehensive exam.