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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering California Institute of Technology




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The program in Chemical Engineering trains students to apply mathematics, engineering, and the physical, chemical, and biological sciences to grow their understanding of systems involving chemical reactions and transport phenomena and to apply their knowledge to the development of new chemical processes and materials.

The general objective of the graduate work in chemical engineering is to produce individuals who are exceptionally well trained to apply mathematics, the physical, chemical, and biological sciences, and engineering to the understanding of systems involving chemical reactions and transport phenomena and to the development of new processes and materials. The program also strives to develop in each student self-reliance, creativity, professional ethics, and an appreciation of the societal impact of chemical engineering and the importance of continuing intellectual growth.

Upon arrival at Caltech, the ChE Ph.D. students will meet with the ChE Option Representative to discuss the program, advisor selection, and expectations for the first and second terms. During these two terms, students are expected to take a normal load of three courses per term plus 9 units of research (ChE 280) to cover the rotation (see below). The courses during the first quarter term include one each in advanced Kinetics (ChE152) and Thermodynamics (ChE165), and a third course in an area of need or an area that lines up with the research interests of the student. The courses during the second term include one each in advanced Transport (ChE151a) and Statistical Thermodynamics (ChE164) and a third course as above. The third course taken during the first and second terms must be at least 9 units and graded. The entire first year of study will also be discussed.

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Full Time (Ph.D. students through a maximum period of five calendar years in residence)

Tuition fees

$52,506.00 (37,71,506) per year

Under current Internal Revenue Code stipends are subject to income tax, but the tuition portion of an award is not taxable




Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

1200 East California Boulevard,



91125, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree or the equivalent before beginning graduate study.

Applicants whose native language is not English and those who have had no formal instruction in English will be required to take a test to evaluate English proficiency. Please refer to "Required Tests" for a list of the GRE reporting requirements and the English proficiency exams currently accepted. The admissions committee may also consider research papers, publications and other original work.

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