The chemical engineering department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering science. These degrees provide the opportunity to tailor a graduate program to the student's interests. Interdisciplinary research opportunities exist in the broad fields of energy, polymeric materials, nanotechnology, separations, environmental engineering, drug delivery, and more.
A competitive graduate student considered for admission into the Department will:
Prospective students not meeting one or more of the above requirements may still be admitted by specific faculty recommendation. The application and admission process is administered by the Graduate School. Students should apply online here.
All graduate students admitted to the program will be considered for financial support contingent upon funding availability. Continued financial support is dependent upon funding availability and demonstrated performance.
Students admitted to the graduate programs in chemical engineering usually have undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering or a closely related field. Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, etc.) are also eligible, although they are usually required to complete several undergraduate courses to make up for deficiencies in certain areas prior to full admission. Prospective students in this situation may be accepted as qualifying students and should contact the Department to work out an individualized curriculum.
The M.S. in Engineering Science with an emphasis in chemical engineering requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. The specific course work is agreed upon by the student and his or her committee, but must include at least two of the following courses:
Students pursuing the thesis option will also complete additional 500-/600- level courses to bring the total up to 21 hours of graded coursework, plus three hours of Research Seminar (Ch E 515). In addition, students must complete no less than 6 hours of thesis (Engr 697) credit. Students pursuing the non-thesis option require at least 27 hours of 500-/600- level graded coursework, plus 3 hours or more of a project (Engr 693 and Engr 694).
OTHER ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
A candidate must prepare and orally defend a thesis or project report.
The Ph.D. in Engineering Science with an emphasis in chemical engineering requires a minimum of 54 hours of graduate credit past the bachelor's degree. The specific course work is worked out between the student and his or her committee, but must include all four core courses
Students pursuing a Ph.D. must complete at least 21 hours of graded 500-/600- level graded coursework, plus 3 hours of Research Seminar (Ch E 515). The remainder of the hours comes from research, 18 of which must be dissertation (Engr 797) credit.
OTHER ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Students in the Ph.D. track must satisfy the Graduate School requirements, achieve a GPA of 3.25 or higher in the four core courses and pass a qualifying examination to be admitted to candidacy. A student may retake one of the core courses one time in order to meet GPA requirements. The qualifying exam consists of writing and defending an Original Research Proposal (ORP). After the ORP, the Ph.D. candidate must successfully complete a dissertation prospectus and defend a dissertation.
The forms named below are required by the Graduate School to track a graduate student's progress. They can be found at the Graduate School Forms and Manuals Library.
*Paper form being phased out, can be filled online on MyOleMiss.