Chemical Engineering

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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Conduct high-impact research in world-class facilities as you pursue your PhD in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S. You’ll not only collaborate with faculty on your research pursuits but also with research leaders around the globe—attending conferences or even participating in fellowships. This in-demand specialty sets you up for success in a variety of different leadership positions in the industry, academia or government research. Our graduates have established careers for themselves at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and other renowned organizations—as well as around the country at Intel, Texas A&M University and beyond. As you consider pursuing your PhD in chemical engineering at CWRU, you can rest easy knowing we have financial support available for qualified candidates.

What to Expect

Throughout your four to six years in the program, you’ll conduct research alongside award-winning faculty. You can focus on research areas such as radiochemical separations, biosensors, or electrochemistry—keeping in mind your dissertation, which will likely be on a similar topic.

Your classwork revolves predominantly around chemical engineering transport, thermodynamics, and applied mathematics. But you’ll also participate in professional development classes, which involves a chemical engineering colloquia as well as teaching opportunities.

New as of 2020: In your first year of study, you can apply for a Department of Energy fellowship. If accepted, you’ll get a stipend, an internship with a national laboratory, and all your travel fees covered.

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Beyond the Classroom

Mentorship, internships, and a supportive alumni network are components of all of our programs, but this program has a few added bonuses as well. The Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program Graduate Fellowship offers stipends, travel expenses and internships at national laboratories when your research revolves around the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear power generation. If you’re looking for an international opportunity, try Gelfand Global Fellows. You’ll travel to Ethiopia and work with STEM schools to devise chemical engineering coursework.

When you’re not traveling and studying abroad, CWRU is home to the Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage Energy Frontier Research Center where you’ll put your knowledge to practice—discovering ways to synthesize high-energy and power-dense electrolytes and create energy storage systems.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a personal statement addressing your intent for pursuing graduate studies in chemical engineering, any previous research experiences, future research or academic interests, career goals and/or involvement promoting diversity, equity and inclusion
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in chemical engineering or a related field (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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