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Chemical Engineering (PHD) 
Program Description

The Chemical Engineering Program is designed to provide advanced work in a core of transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction engineering.

Students conduct research on a diverse range of projects due to multidisciplinary strengths, including nanotechnology, drug delivery, cancer detection/treatment, renewable energy, clean semiconductor manufacturing, water treatment and reuse, atmospheric chemistry and physics, life cycle assessment, electrochemistry, and applied quantum chemistry. There are especially strong interdisciplinary links to the Environmental Engineering Program, which has long-standing strengths in water and wastewater treatment science and technology as well as technology transfer, hazardous waste treatment, development of environmentally-friendly technologies for industry, and air quality research. This department’s environmental research contributes to the UA being one of the top ranked world programs in environmental science research.

Departmental research takes advantage of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center (, the BIO5 Institute (, the Micro/Nan Fabrication Center (, and various facilities associated with the Institute for Energy Solutions (

Students in this program have a good track record of receiving financial aid from both university and federal fellowships. Graduates of this program most commonly obtain jobs in industry, government organizations, consulting, and continue on to academia.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Chemical and Environmental Engineering -

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Michelle Wik
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michelle Wik
Director of Graduate Studies
Armin Sorooshian
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GRE required for Domestic and International Applicants; scores above the 90th percentile are recommended for the analytical and quantitative section
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of Purpose
NOTE: The Graduate College recommends a deadline for applicants, our department reserves the right to extend the deadline as listed above.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Minimum GRE Verbal: no minimum
Minimum GRE Quantitative: no minimum
Minumum GRE Written: no minimum
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1001 - CHE
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: Chemical Engineering

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Please find detailed information and updates are located in our Student Handbook:


Minumum credits: 63
Core coursework: 12 units of required courses:
CHEE 502, 505, 506, 530

Ph.D. required course 3 units of CHEE 503

15 units of elective courses in chemical engineering or related fields (including Minor)

8 units of seminar (CHEE 696A)

22 units of dissertation (CHEE 920)

3 units of Dissertation (CHEE 900)

Oral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation defense

Language requirements:
Other requirements: Qualifying exam to be taken during the first year

Minor Requirements

All Ph.D. students must fulfill the requirements for a minor in a program approved by the candidate and their dissertation advisor. Minor requirements are administered and approved by the minor department. They typically consist of 9 to 12 units of course work.

Minor in Chemical Engineering

12 units of courses are required. At least 6 units must come from the following core courses of the chemical engineering graduate program:

CHEE 502, CHEE 505, CHEE 506, CHEE 530

The other 6 units must come from courses in the previous or the following lists:

CHEE 500R, CHEE 551, CHEE 520 (only for students without a chemical engineering BSc degree), CHEE 537, CHEE 571, CHEE 581A, CHEE 581B

CHEE 574, CHEE 605

A member from the chemical engineering graduate faculty ( ) will serve as minor committee member.

Student Handbook  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 20%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.75
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 64%
Enrollment Percent Female 36%
Enrollment Percent International 59%
Enrollment Percent URM 13%

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Last revised 20 Jul 2017