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PhD Chemical Engineering

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
4052 USD
National
4052 USD

Application fee

International 95 USD
National 95 USD
Department
Mccormick School of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)313
25

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About this course

The PhD program emphasizes advanced coursework, hands-on teaching experience, and world-class research at the forefront of the broad disciplines of chemical and biological engineering. Students are trained to become leaders in research and development in industrial and university settings.

We also foster entrepreneurial research activities. PhD students work with top researchers who are organized in three areas: biotechnology, bioengineering, and complexity; materials and nanoengineering; and energy and sustainability. We encourage interdisciplinary research interactions, including through world-class research centers and training programs that have not only garnered the department a high national ranking, but have also led to attracting students from the most competitive institutions in the world.

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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL minimum requirement is 100 for PhD and 90 for MS applicants. There are no specific GRE and GPA requirements for our department. For the 2014 incoming class the average GRE score was 166 (Q) & 160 (V), and the average GPA is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.

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Course Modules

Graduate students holding BS or BE degrees in chemical engineering must complete 10 courses according to the distribution below. Students entering with a MS or graduate coursework in chemical engineering or a related field may have some course requirements waived or be allowed to substitute, on a case-by-case basis. If you entered with a BS or BE in another engineering or science discipline, then see “Non-chemical engineering BS students” below.

TWO TRANSPORT PHENOMENA COURSES. CHOOSE FROM:
CHEM ENG 421 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM ENG 422 Heat and Mass Transfer
CHEM ENG 437 Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
CHEM ENG 462 Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems


ONE REACTION ENGINEERING/KINETICS COURSE. CHOOSE FROM:
CHEM ENG 408 Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 409 Advanced Reactor Design
CHEM ENG 410 Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis
CHEM ENG 414 Modern Analytical Techniques for Chemical Engineering
CHEM ENG 463 Polymerization Reaction Engineering


ONE THERMODYNAMICS COURSE. CHOOSE FROM:
CHEM ENG 404 Advanced Thermodynamics
CHEM ENG 406 Selected Topics in Thermodynamics


TWO ELECTIVES
Electives must be taken in the department.

OTHER ELECTIVES (FOUR TOTAL, WITH THREE P/N ALLOWANCES)
At least two must be non-departmental electives: Choose from 300- or 400-level courses in other science and engineering departments. Note that most 300-level courses required for the BS degree at Northwestern in other science and engineering departments cannot be taken for credit toward a graduate degree. CHEM ENG 341 Process Dynamics and Control is the only exception, if this course does not duplicate a course taken for a previous degree.

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How to Apply

  • Letters of recommendation
  • application fee

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