Chemical Engineering Doctoral Program
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
ContactGraduate Admissions1.888.511.1306[email protected]
Advance independent research that addresses some of society’s biggest challenges in the entrepreneurial environment of Stevens’ chemical engineering Ph.D. program.
Approximately 100 graduate students are admitted to the program, allowing them to form a close-knit, collaborative community with one another and with Stevens’ world-class faculty. In our state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll be free to pursue lines of inquiry that interest you most, from biofuels to polymers to pharmaceutical manufacturing. You’ll graduate with a broad range of chemical engineering expertise that positions you to succeed in either academia or industry work.
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers dynamic opportunities to explore leading-edge research within a close community of faculty mentors. You'll be able to study under a faculty mentor in the area that you find most exciting:
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Research at Stevens
This program offers you the opportunity to work alongside professors in state-of-the-art laboratories to search for impactful solutions to vitally important societal issues, industry and government issues including sustainability, materials utilization and environmental resource disposal.
The Stevens Advantage
Stevens’ proximity to both Manhattan and New Jersey’s thriving pharmaceutical ecosystem offers students opportunities for both academic collaborations and professional networking.
More Advantages to Our Program
Hands-on experience in laboratory experimentation
The opportunity to engage in one or more advanced research problems in a wide variety of areas
Access to faculty who work at the frontiers of research and state-of-the-art facilities on campus
Collaboration with experts at regional universities and companies
Who Should Apply
We welcome applicants with a master’s degree in chemical engineering (up to 30 credits can be transferred to Stevens’ Ph.D. program). Well-qualified candidates will demonstrate a history of scholarly specialization in a related discipline.
Program Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s degree (for direct Ph.D. program) or a Master's degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.3, from an accredited institution
Official college transcripts
Two letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
A statement of purpose
For international students: An excellent TOEFL/IELTS score
A competitive GRE or GMAT score (only required for full-time applicants)
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Chemical Engineering Doctoral Program Curriculum Overview
The chemical engineering doctoral program prepares Ph.D. students for careers in a broad range of fields such as energy, biofuels, petrochemicals, biomedical, polymers, nanoparticles, electrochemical and materials as well as university positions for research and teaching in chemical engineering and materials fields.
By the end of this program, you will have:
Hands-on experience in laboratory experimentation
The ability to create new knowledge through creation and execution of meaningful experiments designed to address specific research problems
Experience working in one or more cutting edge research problems in the areas of energy, reaction engineering, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical, polymers, biofuels, biomedicine and materials
Eighty-four credits of graduate work in an approved program of study are required beyond the bachelor’s degree; this may include up to 30 credits obtained in a master’s degree program, if the area of the master’s degree is relevant to the doctoral program. A time limit of six years is set for completion of the doctoral program. The preliminary requirements for the doctorate are regarded not as ends in themselves, but rather as preparation for the dissertation in which the student demonstrates ability.
Each Ph.D. curriculum must also adhere to the institute wide standards listed in the academic catalog.
The Ph.D. qualifying exam consists of a written and an oral exam. Students are strongly encouraged to take the qualifying exam within two semesters of enrollment in the graduate program. A minimum of 3.5 GPA must be satisfied in order to take the exam.
Doctoral Dissertation and Advisory Committee
A doctoral dissertation for a minimum of 30 credits and based on the results of the student’s original research, carried out under the guidance of a faculty member and defended in a public examination, is a major component of the doctoral program.
The dissertation for the doctoral program can be completed by participating in one of the following research programs of the department:
Biologically Active Materials
Electron Microscopy and Polymer Interfaces
Heterogeneous Catalysis, Infrared Spectroscopy, Density-Functional Theory (DFT) Calculations
Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Transport Processes
Nanomaterial Assembly, Phenomena, and Applications
Polymer Characterization and Processing
Rheology, Modeling, Processing and Microstructure of Filled Materials
Lab-in-Fiber Optofluidics, Surface Plasmonics for Chem/Bio Sensing and Imaging
If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.