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Graduate Degree Requirements

Graduate students develop their expertise through a combination of coursework, research, teaching, presentation of seminars, and writing.

Students entering the M.S. program in chemical engineering normally are expected to have a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. Successful students may, however, enter the program with degrees in chemistry, physics, mathematics, or other fields of engineering. Special courses to make up any chemical engineering deficiency are available for these students and may be deemed necessary by the program.

Master's students generally are required to take a minimum of 21 semester hours of graduate-level course work, 12 of which consist of courses in four chemical engineering core areas (applied calculations, thermodynamics, reaction engineering, and transport phenomena). Just prior to or shortly after arriving on campus, students will select an advisor who will help formulate an appropriate course of study and direct research for the thesis.

For details on the paths to the M.S. degree, please see:
--M.S. (Thesis Option)
--M.S. (Non-thesis Option)

Admission to the Direct-to-Ph.D. option, which is for students without a master's degree, requires a chemical engineering bachelor's degree.

Entrants into the traditional Ph.D. option typically have a master's degree in chemical engineering or in a closely related area, but a chemical engineering degree is not a requirement for admission. Special courses to make up any chemical engineering deficiency are available and may be deemed necessary by the program.

For details on the paths to the Ph.D. degree, please see:
--Direct-to-Ph.D. Option (limited to students WITH a chemical engineering bachelor's degree)
--Traditional Ph.D. Option

Ph.D. candidates are required to pass a qualifying examination before they are formally accepted into the program. The exam is broadly based to demonstrate proficiency in fundamental areas relevant to chemical engineering. In addition to the qualifying examination, approximately midway through his or her studies, each Ph.D. candidate must pass a comprehensive examination that is intended to demonstrate the candidate's ability to formulate, refine, and present a proposal for original research. While there is no specific course requirement at the Ph.D. level, each candidate, along with his or her advisor, will develop a program of study that includes at least six credit hours of Ph.D.-level (7000 or above) courses to complement the dissertation research. At least two of these credit hours must be attained in chemical engineering courses.

All graduate students are required to take a one-hour technical writing seminar at some point during their graduate study, typically during or just ahead of the semester in which they write their thesis or dissertation proposals.  This will be included on your course of study.

Application materials are available from the Graduate College, Ohio University, Athens OH 45701-2979, telephone: 740-593-2800. Except for fall semester, which has an admission deadline of August 1, there is no specified cut-off date for applications. However, students desiring financial assistance for the following academic year should apply by March 1.


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
171 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
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