What will I learn?

Graduate students at the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) customize their PhD program experience. Each student tailors their coursework to their own interests and aspirations. At the same time, the curriculum is grounded in a common understanding of functional systems on a molecular scale.

Course Requirements

We provide every student with a rigorous curriculum and meaningful research experiences. On top of that, we want you to develop core competencies in communication, knowledge synthesis, engaged scholarship, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Your IME coursework, teaching activities, and other co-curricular programs will empower you to master these skills.

In the IME PhD program, you are expected to fulfill the following course requirements:

  • Three IME core courses
  • Four in-depth courses (related to your chosen research field)
  • Two broad elective courses

Courses used to meet program requirements must be completed with grades of B or higher.

In consultation with your faculty advisor, you will select your core and in-depth courses from a portfolio of graduate level courses. Though we only require nine courses for the PhD program, we encourage you to take additional relevant courses in areas across the University.

Core Courses

Core courses, designed specifically for IME students, teach you fundamental principles, methodologies, and/or systems that serve multiple engineering fields within the institute. These courses foster interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration.

Which department am I in?

Institute for Molecular Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
Doctoral Years 1-4: USD $18,279 per quarter; Doctoral Years 5-12: USD $7,200 per quarter for Summer and Spring
Start date

1 October 2019, 6 January 2020, 30 March 2020

Venue

Institute for Molecular Engineering

The University of Chicago,

5640 South Ellis Avenue,

CHICAGO,

Illinois,

60637, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants to our graduate and professional programs are expected to be enrolled in or to have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants from a three-year bachelor’s program will be given due consideration. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Students must have a paper-based TOEFL score of 600 or higher and minimum acceptable score of 70 on the PTE.

For international students

Applicants to our graduate and professional programs are expected to be enrolled in or to have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants from a three-year bachelor’s program will be given due consideration. Because all of our programs feature competitive admission, no particular academic degree or background will guarantee admission to one of our graduate divisions.

English language requirements:

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 104 overall, with 4 sub scores of 26 each. Minimum required scores in the IELTS are an overall score of 7, with sub scores of 7 each.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

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