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Doctor of Philosophy

Qualified students may enter the Ph.D. program directly after completing their B.S. degree or after receiving an M.S. degree. Full-time Ph.D. students will receive a competitive stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance.

You must complete at least 30 hours of approved course work beyond the B.S. degree.

These courses must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfy the M.S. requirements of Clemson
  • Include at least 12 hours in fields other than Chemical Engineering
  • Include at least 6 hours taken at Clemson

You must also complete at least 30 credit hours of research under the supervision of one of our outstanding faculty mentors. Ph.D. students will perform cutting-edge research in of the departments’ research areas. The research interests of our faculty are distributed from the purely theoretical to the deeply translational and applied, from the fully experimental wet lab to the completely computational dry lab, and everything in between.

There is no language requirement.

A current list of CHE and BMOLE graduate courses is available; however, new courses are created on a regular basis to meet the demands of rapidly changing fields important in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

As a Ph.D. student, you will need to pass CHE 8030, 8040, and 8050 with a minimum grade of B, maintain good academic standing, pass a written proposal, pass an oral Ph.D. comprehensive exam, and defend a research-based dissertation.

The written proposal is a 2-page NSF-style document that describes your broad research plan. The oral comprehensive exam consists of a more thorough presentation based on your research project. Normally this exam is scheduled in the Fall of your second year. Your final requirement as a Ph.D. student is the oral defense of your dissertation.

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Chemical Engineering