Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program emphasizes original and scholarly research in a variety of subject areas within chemical engineering. Throughout their tenure of study, students work on research which culminates in their preparation of a written thesis dissertation and, finally, an oral presentation to the faculty. Many students conduct interdisciplinary research with chemical engineering faculty through the University’s research centers of excellence.

All of our Ph.D. students enjoy stipends of $25,500 to $29,800/year, depending on experience, as well as full medical benefits offered at discounted rates.

Review our FAQs for answers to many of your questions about the Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering.

To qualify for acceptance to the Ph.D. program, a student should have no grades below B- in graduate work and a grade point average of 3.3 or better (A = 4.0). The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program, and outstanding students with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering are encouraged to apply directly to the Ph.D. program. The doctoral program entails 3 core courses; CHEG 5301 (Thermo), CHEG 5315 (Transfer), and CHEG 5321 (Kinetics). Students are typically are required to obtain at least 15 credits beyond the M.S. degree, excluding the language requirement. To proceed directly from a B.S. to the Ph.D. program, a student typically needs 20-24 credits of coursework, exclusive of the language requirement. The student must also complete 15 credits of GRAD 6950.

Three exams are required for the Ph.D. degree. The first is the qualifying exam which is taken within the first two semesters. The qualifying exam consists of a written test followed by an oral presentation. In the second, or general exam, the student prepares a written Ph.D. thesis proposal and presents it orally to a faculty committee. This exam is scheduled on an individual basis after coursework and language requirements are completed. The final exam is an oral defense of the student’s completed research, following submission of the written thesis.

Students interested in pursuing their Ph.D. at UConn can learn more at the University’s Graduate Study – Admissions Requirements page.