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. Should you be admitted to our program, you'll receive a paid research assistantship and full tuition remission. 

What to Expect

Throughout your four 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, which will be the foundation of your doctoral dissertation. Additionally, you will be at the cutting-edge of technologies for treating diseases, combating climate change, and advancing energy storage solutions. 

As a PhD student in chemical engineering at CWRU, you'll also participate in high-impact research in nationwide research networks known as centers. One such example is the Breakthrough Electrolytes for Energy Storage Energy Frontier Research Center, a place for discovering new ways to synthesize high-energy and power-dense electrolytes for new energy storage systems. 

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.

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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 Leadership Program 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.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

We are dedicated to supporting students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. Applications are due annually on Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a 1-2 page 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 (fee waivers can be requested by contacting the department chair)
  • GRE scores are not required or considered for admission
  • 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 that speak to your potential to succeed in a PhD program 
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE

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Harihara Baskaran
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Case School of Engineering

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