Considered to be one of the most diverse fields of engineering, chemical engineering affords career opportunities that are equally diverse: research and development, design, manufacturing, marketing and management. A variety of industries are served by chemical engineers, including: energy, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural products, polymers and plastics, materials, semiconductor processing, waste treatment, environmental monitoring and improvement, and many others. There are career opportunities in traditional chemical engineering fields like energy and petrochemicals, but also in biochemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, electrochemical, materials, and environmental engineering.

The chemical engineering doctoral program at Stevens is built on the fundamental areas of chemical engineering science with rich offerings in advanced coursework and independent research. The chemical engineering doctoral graduate is equipped for the many challenges facing modern academic researchers and engineering professionals.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the chemical engineering doctoral program is based on evidence that a student will prove capable of scholarly specialization in a broad intellectual foundation of a related discipline. The master’s degree is strongly recommended for students entering the doctoral program. Applicants without the master’s degree will normally be enrolled in the master’s program.

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 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 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. A time limit of six years is set for completion 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:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Biologically Active Materials
  • Crystallization
  • Electron Microscopy and Polymer Interfaces
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis, Infrared Spectroscopy, Density-Functional Theory (DFT) Calculations
  • Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Transport Processes
  • Microchemical Systems
  • 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