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What will I learn?

Chemical Engineering is the engineering discipline which makes extensive use of chemical transformations in addition to physical transformations to achieve added value. Because all manufacturing involves chemical transformations in one way or another, chemical engineers are employed in virtually all manufacturing industries, from the basic chemical, materials, energy, food, pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries to the myriad consumer products industries.

In addition to the general requirements for the PhD described in this catalogue, candidates in chemical engineering are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following fields: thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical engineering kinetics. Registration in CHE 550a, CHE 550b is required of all students. More detailed statements of the departmental requirements may be found in a brochure available upon request from the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science office.

Which department am I in?

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 60 units)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering, math, or hard science.

Applicants to doctor's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100 or above, with 20 or above in each section; or an IELTS score of 7 or above, with 6 or above on each band.

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


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