What will I learn?

The people of UW ChemE engineer the molecules, materials, and devices that enable us to better treat disease, produce clean energy, and live more sustainably.

When you pursue a Ph.D. in ChemE at UW, you become part of a close-knit community of talented students and faculty. Our culture of collaboration allows students to develop the research and writing skills they’ll need for a rewarding career, and always keeps their best interests in mind. Our support structure ensures students make steady progress and hit their milestones. We shoot for 5 years to a degree, though there is no single pathway to a Ph.D.

Graduate coursework typically includes subjects of importance to all chemical engineers, such as thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction engineering, and applied mathematics. Students are encouraged to take additional courses to gain experience in areas relevant to their research.

We put students first by providing each individual with:

A faculty committee invested in your success

The department graduate program team to support your progress

Generous financial support throughout your studies

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$34,279.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Chemical Engineering is required.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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