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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.

Research in Chemical Engineering covers the spectrum from fundamental to applied and is usually highly interdisciplinary. Students with degrees in engineering or science often bring unique strengths and useful insight to research. With the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, a student is prepared to pursue a career in academia, industrial research, and governmental research.

Financial Assistance

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. 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.

Ph.D. Curriculum for B.S. Chemists

Course Number Credits Course Name
  ChE 2110 4 credits Intro to Chemical Engineering
  ChE 2200 3 credits Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  ChE 2300 4 credits Fluids/Heat Transfer
  ChE 3300 4 credits Mass Transfer and Separation Processes
  ChE 4500 3 credits Chemical Reaction Engineering
  ChE 8030 3 credits Advanced Transport Phenomena
  ChE 8040 3 credits Advanced Thermodynamics
  ChE 8050 3 credits Chemical Engineering Kinetics

*21 credits of graduate course electives, including at least 12 outside the department.

* Undergraduate courses do not count toward the graduate course requirements of 30-course credits. By taking these courses in their entering year, chemists are essentially on track with the other chemical engineering graduate students after one year.

Each case is evaluated on an individual basis to determine the appropriate set of courses for that individual to take.

Typical Course Sequence

1ST Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  ChE 2110 ChE 2200 ChE 3300
  ChE 4500 ChE 2300 Research
  STAT 8010 Research  
  ChE 8010  
2ND Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Che 8030 Elective Research
  Che 8040 Elective  
  Che 8050 Research  
  Research    
3RD Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Elective Elective Research
  Elective Elective  
  Research Research  
4TH Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Research Research Research
5TH Year    
  Fall Spring Summer
  Research Research  

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