Doctoral Program


Admission to the Chemical Engineering or Materials Science & Engineering doctoral program is based on premise that a student will prove capable of scholarly specialization in a broad intellectual foundation of a related discipline. A Master’s degree is strongly recommended for students entering the doctoral program. While exceptional applicants may be admitted to the doctoral program with only a B.E. or B.S. degree, majority of these applicants will be placed in the Master’s program first.

A minimum of 84 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 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. For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Academics.

Doctoral Program - Interdisciplinary
The Department is a participant of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program, in partnership with several departments in the School of Engineering and Sciences. This program aims to address the increasingly cross-cutting nature of doctoral research. The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program aims to take advantage of the complementary educational offerings and research opportunities in these areas. Student who wish to enter the interdisciplinary program need to obtain the consent of the participating departments and the subsequent approval of the Dean of Academic Administration. The student will follow a study plan designed by his or her faculty advisor(s). The student will be granted official candidacy in the program upon successful completion of a qualifying exam that will be administered according to the applicable guidelines of the Office of Graduate Admissions. All policies of the Office of Graduate Admissions that govern the credit and thesis requirements apply to students enrolled in this interdisciplinary program. Interested students should follow the normal graduate application procedures through the Dean of Academic Administration.

Doctoral Program - Nanotechnology Concentration
The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering doctoral programs are an integral part of the Institute-wide Nanotechnology Graduate Program. A Ph.D. degree in any of the two disciplines with a Nanotechnology concentration is available to students who satisfy the conditions and requirements outlined in a separate section of this catalog.

A thesis for the master’s or doctoral program can be completed by participating in one of the following research programs of the department:

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at