Earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering

With a master’s degree or doctorate in chemical engineering, you could work in a high-tech industry, national laboratory or academic position anywhere in the world.

In this program, you have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge technologies for novel catalysts, innovative drug delivery methods and innovations in green energy.

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Degree Information

The instruction in our program is a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Our faculty, who are experts in their respective fields, provide students with a solid foundation in the principles of chemical engineering, while also offering opportunities for hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. This balance of theory and practice ensures that our students are well-versed in the field's academic aspects and have the practical skills necessary to excel in the industry.

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A candidate for the Ph.D. degree normally follows a program of 72 semester hours beyond the B.S. degree or 42 semester hours beyond the M.S. degree. Research for M.S. and Ph.D. may be coordinated, or a Ph.D. may be pursued without an M.S. degree.  The Ph.D. coursework must satisfy the departmental graduate core course requirement and must include CHEM ENG 6100, CHEM ENG 6110, and at least 6 additional hours of 6000-level courses in or out of the department for a minimum of twelve 6000-level credit hours. To maintain PhD candidacy, a minimum GPA of 3.0 from 5000- and 6000-level courses on campus is required.

In addition to the course requirements, all Ph.D. students must pass the qualifying exam, which consists of written and oral assignments specified by the department. The comprehensive examination, consisting of written and oral presentation of a research proposal, should be taken  following the completion of all required coursework and at least 12 weeks prior to the final examination. The final examination, consisting of the dissertation defense based on PhD research, should be conducted according to the rules of the graduate faculty, College of Engineering and Computing, and the department.  A PhD candidate, in consultation with the candidates research advisor, should form an advisory committee for comprehensive exam and dissertation defense. The advisory committee is chaired by the research advisor and must include at least three CHEM ENG faculty members.

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For Ph.D. students, we very seldom admit one without funding, meaning that we typically admit those who have been selected for Graduate Research Assistantships by professors having funded projects or Graduate Teaching Assistantships by the department.

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Many potential graduate students have questions about how to apply to the graduate program and what makes them eligible. This document is aimed to answer some of those questions you may have. Email us at chemeng@mst.edu if you have other questions that are not covered.

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The student handbook contains details about programs, requirements, processes and courses.

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Graduate Certificates

Supercharge your career with a graduate certificate! They are open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering or a closely allied discipline, including those who are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. So what are you waiting for? Skill up and step up your career—seamlessly and efficiently.

The carbon management engineering certificate program introduces the students to carbon management strategies related to the engineering principles of carbon capture, transformation, and storage. 

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  • It is open to all persons holding a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely allied discipline, including those who are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. 
  • In order to be admitted, a student must have an overall GPA of 3.0, or 2.75 with a minimum of one year of work experience. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses.
Requirements to Earn
  • It requires the students to complete three carbon management courses offered by Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (ChBE), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), and Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering (GGPE), respectively, plus an additional course to be selected from a variety of existing courses from these same departments.
  • To receive the certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. 
Admission to Graduate Program

Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

The graduate certificate in chemical process engineering is aimed at helping working professionals expand skills relevant to their career while developing a deeper understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals.

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It is open to all individuals holding a BS degree in chemical engineering or a closely allied discipline with an overall GPA of 3.0 or 2.75 plus a minimum of one year of working experience.

Requirements to Earn

To earn the graduate certificate a student must take the four designated courses as advised by the graduate coordinator and complete them with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.

Admission to Graduate Program

If all the four certificate courses receive a grade of B or better, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the MS program in chemical engineering and the four courses will count toward an MS degree.  

Your Career in Chemical Engineering

image of a dollar sign encircled by a dark green background and lime green ring Estimated Starting Salary

$75,000 - $105,000

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Chemical Products:

        • Biochemical and biomedical
        • Polymer materials
        • Reaction engineering and catalysis
        • New/alternative energy

Consumer Products:

        • Food and nutritional products
        • Environmental engineering
        • Process systems engineering
        • Microelectronics and personal electronics

Pharmaceutical Industry:

        • Particle technology
        • Gene therapy
        • Drug discover, delivery, and manufacturing
        • Separation processes

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Research in Chemical Engineering

The chemical and biochemical engineering department at Missouri S&T has developed a research infrastructure in the form of computational and experimental facilities that allow both students and faculty to pursue research and gain expertise in a specialized area.

Specialized Areas of Research

  • Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Carbon Management
  • Energy and Environment
  • Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Particle Technology and Characterization
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Transport Phenomena

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Research Funding

Research in the department is funded through external grants and contracts from several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, various agencies within the Department of Defense, state sources, and a number of companies.

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