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Graduate Program

Clemson University offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering. The graduate program is ranked 30th out of 127 national public universities, and Clemson University as a whole is ranked 27th (US News and World Report, 2019).

Students may specialize in research areas including advanced materials, energy, biotechnology, or chemical processing. The department offers strong research programs in biotechnology, polymer processing, rheology, fiber and film formation, supercritical fluids, separation processes, and kinetics, catalysis, and computational chemical engineering. The research activities of these groups encompass most of the traditional branches of chemical engineering as well as several of the emerging areas such as advanced materials, water-energy-food-nexus, sustainability, green chemistry, molecular modeling and simulation, nanotechnology, systems biology, synthetic biology, drug delivery, and renewable energy systems.

We encourage applications from outstanding students with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, or branches of engineering other than chemical engineering. Special programs are available to prepare nonchemical engineering students to be successful in our Ph.D. program.

Application Information

To apply for Clemson’s graduate programs in chemical and biomolecular engineering, you must submit an application, at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members or work supervisors, and unofficial transcripts of all college work - official transcripts are required after acceptance. Students who completed a BS or MS degree in the US are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

Applicants are accepted at any time, but to be considered for all financial aid possibilities, you should apply by early January for the fall semester or early September for the spring semester.

Required Documents

ChBE GAANN Fellowships for Doctoral Students

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has received federal grants from the US Department of Education through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Program. This program supports exceptional doctoral students pursuing research in the broad area of Molecular Engineering for Sustainability and Health.



Admittance is through the Clemson University Graduate School. Requirements, FAQ, and steps to prepare are available on the Graduate Admission site.