Chemical Engineering (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (GS)
Department: Chemical Engineering 
Academic Plan Code(s): CHE_PHD

Program Information

General Information

The PhD degree program is intended for persons having an accredited masters and/or baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering, but is also available to those with other backgrounds. Applicants with other backgrounds should plan on taking some undergraduate background coursework. Students interested in the PhD degree program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral degrees.

Degree Requirements

The award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree indicates that a student has attained mastery of a field and has demonstrated the capacity to perform independent scholarly research. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all academic coursework attempted in Graduate Studies.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree are explained in more detail in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Admission Standards

The admission standards for the PhD program in Chemical Engineering are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the program shall include:
    1. Completed application for the Graduate School,
    2. Application fee,
    3. Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
    4. At least two letters of recommendation, and
    5. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework. All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  3. The minimum undergraduate grade point average that will be considered for unconditional acceptance and admission to the program is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. The minimum GRE score that will be considered for unconditional acceptance and admission is a combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning score 302.
  5. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS score or demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution. The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

Program Requirements

The PhD program in Chemical Engineering is comprised of 54 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree in Chemical Engineering. A student entering the PhD program who already has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering may have some of the credit hours for that degree counted towards the 54 credit hours. Remedial work may be specified for applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have sufficient background.

The normal minimum curricular requirements for the doctoral program are listed below. However, some exceptions are possible at the discretion of the faculty and the Graduate Advisor in unusual situations.

Courses - Post Baccalaureate
CHE 610Advanced Thermodynamics3
CHE 620Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 641Advanced Reactor Design3
CHE 686Chemical Engineering Analysis3
CHE 695Chemical Engineering Seminar (Enrollment for three semesters for one (1) credit hour.)3
Technical Electives 118
CHE 693Advanced Research in Chemical Engineering21
Minimum Total Hours54

 Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all academic coursework attempted in Graduate Studies.