|Major Code: 9033
||Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
|Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
||Admission Status: Graduate
|Admission Materials: letters of recommendation, GRE, résumé, objectives, transcripts
||Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
The doctoral program is primarily for students who wish to develop independent research in addition to problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. Research areas must be related to the faculty’s interests.
General admission requirements and the application process are presented under Graduate Academic Information .
Admission to the doctoral program requires the completion of a master’s degree with a thesis in chemical engineering. Doctoral applicants must demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement and aptitude, provide letters of recommendation from previous professors including the M.S. thesis advisor, a statement of objectives, résumé and scores from a recent GRE test.
The doctor of philosophy degree is in recognition of one’s independent creative ability to research, delineate and solve novel, significant scientific and/or engineering problems. The results of such work must be publishable in refereed journals. Coursework is also included in support of these objectives.
Each student is expected to complete an approved program of study, pass both oral and written examinations, propose and complete an original research project, and write and defend a dissertation on the research work.
The Ph.D. in chemical engineering requires a minimum of 72 credit hours (42 credit hours after the completion of a master’s degree), including at least 18 credit hours of formal coursework in chemical engineering (six after the master’s degree) and six credit hours in mathematics, and satisfaction of the general doctoral degree requirements presented under Graduate Academic Information .
The written examination covers chemical engineering and related mathematical, physical and chemical sciences. The oral examination includes the presentation of a research proposition developed independently by the student to demonstrate the ability to create and develop a research idea. The written and oral examinations are normally taken before the end of the fourth academic semester, counted from the semester of admission to the doctoral program. The dissertation may be theoretical, computational, experimental or a combination of the three in any of the areas of specialization shown for the master’s degree.