Chemical Engineering, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

department head: Paul JA Kenis

director of graduate studies: Mary L Kraft

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address: 114 Roger Adams Lab, 600 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 244-9214


Opportunity exists for specializing in computational science and engineering via the Computational Science & Engineering optional graduate concentration.

Admission Requirements

Ideal candidates for advanced degrees in chemical engineering should have a background in chemistry and chemical engineering comparable to the training offered in the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students whose prior training is deficient in one or more basic areas of chemistry or chemical engineering may be admitted with the understanding that extra coursework will be required to address their deficiencies. Graduate College admission requirements also apply. 

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as evidence of English proficiency. Minimum admission requirements are set by the Graduate College.

Financial Aid

Students who remain in good standing and continue to make satisfactory academic progress are guaranteed a funded appointment that includes a full tuition waiver, a partial fee waiver, and a stipend for the duration of their studies in the program.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering PhD program. As part of their academic work, all students in the program are required to serve as a teaching assistant for at least three semesters.

In order to satisfy this requirement, all students whose native language is not English, regardless of US citizenship, must demonstrate spoken English language proficiency by achieving a minimum score of 24 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT or 8 on the speaking subsection of the IELTS. For students who are unable to take the iBT or IELTS, a minimum score of 4CP is required on the EPI test, offered on campus. All new teaching assistants are required to participate in the Graduate Academy for College Teaching conducted prior to the start of the semester.

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for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's degree programs information and the Graduate College Handbook.

Chemical Engineering, PhD

Minimum four of graduate-level courses in chemical engineering16
A coherent program of four additional graduate level courses16
CHBE 599Thesis Research (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours96

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 16
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 20
Teaching experience is required
Requirements include satisfactory performance on qualifying and certification examinations, and a thesis.
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No
Qualifying Exam Required Yes, the qualifying examination is a written test usually taken during the first year of study.
Preliminary Exam Required Yes, the preliminary examination is an individual oral examination taken after the student has satisfied the course requirements.
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75