Graduate Students
Graduate Admission and Preparation

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.

Admission Requirements

A competitive graduate student considered for admission into the Department will:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • achieve a minimum score of 155 on the quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test,
  • provide a CV or resume, including contact information of at least two professional references, and
  • provide a statement of research interests and future goals.

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.

Undergraduate Preparation

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.

Degree Requirements
Master of Science

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:

  • Advanced Transport Phenomena I (Ch E 560)
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena II (Ch E 561)
  • Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems (Engr 665)
  • Chemical Reaction and Reactor Analysis I (Engr 669)

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.

Doctor of Philosophy

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

  • Advanced Transport Phenomena I (Ch E 560)
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena II (Ch E 561)
  • Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems (Engr 665)
  • Chemical Reaction and Reactor Analysis I (Engr 669)

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.

Relevant Forms for Graduate Students

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.

Master of Science
  • Establish or Update Advisory Committee (Form GS2)*
  • Authorization for Final Oral/Written examination (Form GS7)
  • Application to Graduate (Form GS8)
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Establish or Update Advisory Committee (Form GS2)*
  • Approval to Sit for Qualifying Exam (Form GS5)
  • Report of Qualifying Exam Result (Form GS5.1)
  • Approval to Defend Dissertation Prospectus (Form GS6)*
  • Authorization to Present Final Examination (Form GS7)
  • Application to Graduate (Form GS8)

*Paper form being phased out, can be filled online on MyOleMiss.