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Chemical Engineering

Application Deadline

  • Fall Priority Deadline: Dec 15
  • Fall: Jan 15
  • Winter: Jun 15
  • Spring: Oct 15
  • Contact Information

    330 EB, Provo, UT 84602-4100
    (801) 422-2586
    Admission Requirements

    1. BS or equivalent in chemical engineering from an ABET school
    2. 3.0 GPA in upper-division chemical engineering courses
    3. 3.3 GPA in all courses
    4. GRE Not Required
    5. Resume
    Program Requirements
    A Ph.D. in chemical engineering indicates that the graduate is capable of and qualified to conduct independent and original research in the chemical industries and other related fields. Employees with Ph.D. degrees are in high demand by industry, with starting salaries that are considerably higher than for BS or MS graduates. Also, a Ph.D. degree is generally required to pursue an academic career. The doctoral program is designed to prepare the student for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry and research and is, therefore, more rigorous and demanding than the MS program. Students who are dedicated, diligent, and thoughtful and who can work independently are most suited for a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at BYU.

    Requirements for Degree.

    • Credit hours: minimum 54 semester hours, at least 36 of which must be course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, plus 18 hours of dissertation (Ch En 799R). All courses taken to satisfy degree requirements must be approved by the student's advisory committee. Candidates without a master’s degree: 36 hours. There must be at least 6 hours of the 36 in advanced mathematics, and a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation (Ch En 799R). At least 3 hours of the 36 must be in 600- or 700-level lecture courses beyond the required Ch En 601 course. Candidates with a master’s degree: with committee approval, up to 20 hours of previous graduate work, may apply toward the doctorate, but at least 36 hours must be taken at BYU (including 18 dissertation hours). Courses taken in the master’s program may apply toward the required 6 hours of advanced mathematics. See Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for details:
    • Required courses: Ch En 531533535601791R (every semester), 6 hours of advanced mathematics, and 17 hours of elective courses.  The advanced mathematics courses are selected from a list of approved courses published on the Chemical Engineering Department website. Petitions for adjustments to the advanced mathematics requirement are considered. 
    • Undergraduate hours: up to 6 hours of 300- and 400-level interdisciplinary courses from an approved list may be applied toward the 36 hours of course work for interdisciplinary research areas, such as biomedical engineering and statistical mechanics. These approved courses appear in the Chemical Engineering Graduate Handbook.
    • English proficiency: international students whose English language skills are judged by the department to be inadequate for completion of the degree may be required to take one or two ESL courses as specified in the admission letter.
    • Residency requirement:  residency is required for the major part of the work toward the doctoral dissertation.  This work must be completed under the specific direction of a graduate faculty member while the student is in residence at BYU (at least two consecutive full-time semesters).  "In residence" is defined as (1) being registered for credit as a graduate student and (2) living and conducting research in the general vicinity of the university, where the student has ready access to research facilities and consultation with the faculty.  Further, all work applying to any doctoral dissertation must be completely open for university review and publication.  Any exceptions to the above must be supported by written approval from the department and college and obtained in advance of any work being performed.
    • Prospectus:  each student must write, defend orally, and obtain approval for a prospectus on his or her proposed dissertation topic.
    • Periodic reviews:  The department evaluates each student's progress twice a year.  Continuance as a candidate requires satisfactory ratings in these reviews.
    • Dissertation:  a written dissertation on a significant scientific or engineering problem must be completed and defended orally to the satisfaction of the department. 
    • Cumulative GPA:  3.0 or above in all Ph.D. degree classes.
    Program Outcomes
    Broad Understanding of Engineering Science
    Demonstrate accurate and broad understanding of engineering science as evidenced through innovative, timely, and sound solutions to problems.

    Productive Interaction
    Interact productively with people from diverse backgrounds as both leaders/mentors and team members and with integrity and professionalism

    Communication Skills
    Exhibit communication skills in speaking and writing

    Understanding Sub-disciplines
    Understand sub-discipline at a level that meets or exceeds that of world experts and their advisors.

    Conducting Research
    Conduct research independent of their advisers and take personal responsibility for its direction and conclusions.

    Innovating Contributions
    Innovate contributions to new science/scientific methods.

    Publishing Contributions
    Publish contributions in respected, archival journals.

    Safety Skills
    Exhibit safety skills.

    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 54.0
    International 23.0
    Male 44.0
    Female 10.0
    LDS 35.0
    BYU Undergraduate 26.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.6
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 13.6
    Admitted Per Year 8.4
    Percent Admitted 61.76
    Average GPA 3.54