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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering The Ohio State University



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The PhD degree in Chemical Engineering is a recognized terminal degree in the practical and creative areas in chemical engineering. The PhD candidate is one who understands and demonstrates what it means to be a working researcher. It prepares students for independent research careers in industry or academia. PhD students are fully funded.

Ohio State has a world-class innovative research program with specific strengths in the area of:

  • Bioengineering, biotechnology, membranes
  • Colloids, aerosols, particle technology
  • Fluid mechanics, multiphase flow
  • Molecular thermodynamics and molecular simulation
  • Polymers, nano-materials
  • Reaction engineering, catalysis
  • Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Process Engineering

Credit Hour Requirements - 80 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. degree. The credits are broken down into the following categories:

Core Courses - The minimum requirement is 15 credit hours. These courses and the material prerequisite to them must be mastered by all Ph.D. students.

CBE 8801 (3 cr) - Analysis of CBE Problems
CBE 8808 (3 cr) - Advanced Thermodynamics I
CBE 8812 (3 cr) - Advanced Kinetics I
CBE 8815 (3 cr) - Advanced Transport
CBE 8781 (2 cr) - Research Communications in CBE OR ENGR 5170 (3 cr)
Chem 6781 (1 cr) - Laboratory Safety

Advanced Coursework - The minimum requirement is 12 credit hours. Graduate level courses in chemical and biomolecular engineering or other scientific, mathematics or engineering disciplines are to be selected to fit the candidate's goals with the consent of the advisor.

Research Requirements - At least 53 credit hours of research (CBE 8999 and CBE 8895) are required. It is recommended that each student select a research topic by the end of the first semester of work in the Ph.D. program. A satisfactory dissertation, as judged by the advisor and the Reading Committee under the Graduate School Rules, must be submitted as one of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.

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Full Time (80 credit hours)

Tuition fees

Tuition, insurance and fees: USD $39,835 per year


25 Aug, 11 Jan


The Ohio State University

Student Academic Services Building,

281 W Lane Ave,



43210, United States

Entry requirement for international students

A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate work.

English Language requirements:

  • 600 Paper-based TOEFL
  • 100 Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
  • 86 MELAB
  • 8.0 IELTS

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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