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Prospective Graduate Students


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.

The average Ph.D. in our department takes just under 5-years to complete. Our Ph.D. graduates are highly sought by industry, academia, and national labs. Recent graduates are employed at: Dow, Coca-Cola, Intel, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ginkgo Bio, Zymergen, Georgia Tech, Case Western Reserve University, University of Alabama, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Savannah River National Lab.

Domestic students may apply for an application fee waiver by completing the following form prior to applying.

Master of Science

To earn the M.S. degree in chemical engineering, you must complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level work, including either a masters project or master research thesis.

The normal time required to earn an M.S. degree in chemical engineering is three semesters and a summer. Presently, students who are admitted to the MS program do not receive financial aid.

Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering for B.S. Outside of Chemical Engineering

Outstanding B. S. engineers and scientists that did not get a B.S. in Chemical Engineering are strongly encouraged to apply and enroll in the Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University. In doing so, they are able to pursue research specialization in areas not normally available in other engineering departments, such as heterogeneous catalysis, separations, rheology, and bioengineering, as well as more traditional chemistry topics, such as polymer chemistry, materials synthesis, and thermodynamics.

Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CEGSO)

Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CEGSO) is a student-run organization that represents all chemical engineering graduate students.



Admission Information

Admissions into the Graduate Program in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is handled through the Clemson University Graduate School.

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Financial Aid

Graduate research assistantships are available to qualified Ph.D. applicants. All full-time Ph.D. students in chemical engineering receive financial assistance to defray living expenses, as well as tuition remission. Tuition also is covered. Ph.D. students with graduate research assistantships work on funded research projects related to their dissertation.

Additional scholarships and fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. program. The graduate studies committee identifies and nominates these applicants to the Department, College, and Graduate School for competitive enhancements, typically between $2,000-5,000 per year in addition to the general stipend.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents that are accepted may apply for a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship. The GAANN Fellowship is a prestigious award that prepares Ph.D. students to become leaders in education and research in the broad area of Molecular Engineering in Sustainability and Health. GAANN Fellows participate in a supervised teaching experience and receive a stipend of up to $34,000 per year. Visit our GAANN Fellows webpage for more information or to apply.

Presently, students who are admitted to the MS program do not receive financial aid.

Course Information

A list of current Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering Courses for Clemson University Graduate Program is available; however, courses are continuously developed to meet the rapidly growing needs of our students.


Additional Information

Graduate Program Brochure
General information and requirements


Graduate Program Questions
Commonly asked admission questions


Research Profiles
Summary of faculty research interests