About the Department
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The Ph.D. degree requires a student to reach a critical understanding of the basic scientific and engineering principles underlying their field of interest. In addition, the student must demonstrate the ability to conduct independently an intensive research project and document their results in the form of refereed publications, presentations, and a final thesis dissertation.
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must:
- Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of approved course work including three core courses;
- Pass a qualifying examination;
- Present an acceptable dissertation prospectus to a dissertation committee;
- Make an original contribution to the field of chemical engineering in the form of a dissertation suitable for publication; and
- Defend the dissertation during a public presentation.
Ph.D. candidates are also allowed 25 independent study credits toward the 48 credit requirement. Ph.D. candidates who have completed an M.S. at another institution will be potentially allowed to transfer a small number of credit hours toward the Ph.D.
Frequently, students without an undergraduate chemical engineering degree will enroll in the graduate program. To ensure that all students are familiar with the fundamental principles required of chemical engineers, students entering the graduate program with a bachelor's degree in an area other than chemical engineering will be required to take four undergraduate courses—Unit Operations I, II and III, and one of either Reactor Design, Process Control or Process Design. On the recommendation of the Graduate Committee, these requirements can be modified based on each student's specific background. These undergraduate courses do not count toward the total graduate-level credit requirement for the advanced degree. Graduate students may take these courses out of sequence and/or concurrently in order to expedite completion of this requirement.
Completing the Ph.D. requirements normally requires four to five years of full-time study beyond the B.S. degree. Students already possessing an M.S. degree in chemical engineering typically require one year less time. Financial aid is given to all full-time graduate students working towards the Doctoral degree.
- Full financial aid (tuition + stipend) is given to all students admitted to the Doctoral Program.
- International students applying to the Ph.D. program are eligible for financial aid. If admitted, the student will receive a teaching or research assistantship, tuition waiver, and health insurance supplement as described above.
- A list of mandatory fees can be found here: https://studentaccounts.tulane.edu/sites/studentaccounts.tulane.edu/files/2019-2020_Grad_Sci_Engineering_Tuition-Fees_20
Students with a strong academic background and a serious interest in scientific research are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program. Students with undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines or the sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, mathematics) are frequently accepted and thus also encouraged to apply. (In such cases, additional undergraduate courses in chemical engineering are normally required to make up deficiencies.) Every applicant is expected to take the GRE General Test. The TOEFL examination is required for students whose native language is not English.
The Department seeks to recruit the most talented students to its graduate program. Full financial aid (tuition + a stipend) is given to all students admitted to the Doctoral Program. Highly qualified undergraduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective applicants are encouraged to write to the Graduate Coordinator.
Applications for Admissions
Applications for Fall 2020 are now being accepted. Admission is highly selective and competitive. Applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official test scores for the GRE using school code 6173,
International applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency, typically established through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official test scores for the TOEFL use the school code 6173 department code 64.
All international students who are accepted into a School of Science and Engineering Ph.D. program must complete an online summer ESL Evaluation Course during the month of July. The 10 hours (2 weeks) assessment course will determine which students must take additional ESL courses during their first year of graduate studies.
Interested students are encouraged to apply by completing the free online application at https://applygrad.tulane.edu/apply/
Your application will require:
- Official transcripts from each institution you have attended.
- Three letters of recommendation sent electronically through the online system or sealed and signed paper copies can be sent to the department.
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) sent by Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the department. Institution code 6173, department code 1001, chemical engineering.
- Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) sent by Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the department. Institution code 6173, department code 64.