Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (PHD)


Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD

On Campus 90 cr

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers research and instruction leading to a doctorate in engineering with a specialization in chemical and biomolecular engineering.


The chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty are actively involved in research related to biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, polymers, composite materials, catalysis, and solid-phase reactions. Graduate coursework is offered in the advanced fundamentals of applied mathematics, chemical reaction kinetics, numerical methods, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, biomolecular engineering, and polymers.

The scope of chemical and biomolecular engineering work is far-reaching. Engineers are involved in a range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, environmental health, and biotechnology. Graduates are among the highest-paid within engineering disciplines.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Letter of intent: 1-page statement of purpose or letter of intent.  Discuss your teaching, research, and/or volunteer experience. Your resume will be the primary document we refer to for your work history; it is not necessary to repeat your resume here. Use this item to describe and/or highlight your experience in further detail, for example, undergraduate or masters level student research projects, laboratory research, teaching experience, or volunteer experience.
  • Faculty: Review current faculty areas of research and indicate your research interests.
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Admission Deadlines

For full financial consideration, students must apply by January 15 for Fall.

Graduate Chair

Rajib Saha

Support Staff

Ethan Kreifels

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