Doctorate of Philosophy

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science offers graduate programs in chemical engineering and materials science, and graduate certificate programs in polymers and sustainable engineering.

Admissions and degree requirements

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has very strong M.S. and Ph.D. programs in chemical engineering as well as in materials science and engineering, with a current graduate enrollment of approximately 60 students, including about 30 Ph.D. students. 

All applications for Ph.D. study should include the following materials, all in English:

  • A completed university application
  • University graduate application fee
  • An original copy of the undergraduate transcript
  • An original copy of the graduate transcript, if applicable
  • Official qualifying score from either TOEFL or IELTS to establish English proficiency, for international applicants.
  • Three recommendation letters; at least two from the applicant’s academic institution
  • A copy of the applicant’s resume
  • A copy of the applicant’s Personal Statement
  • Selected publications, and award and patent certificates, if any
  • An email address and a phone number where the applicant can be contacted
  • A copy of a valid GRE score report
  • A copy of a valid TSE score report (optional)
  • International applicants are required to submit a WES Evaluation.

Admission to the following programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see university graduate admissions requirements.

Chemical engineering (Ph.D. program)

Regular admission requires a 3.5 GPA in a Master of Science program, or a Bachelor of Science program from an accredited U.S. institution. Evaluation of admission prerequisites will be determined by the department graduate officer.

Degree requirements

Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate, including 30 credits of dissertation direction. The 30-credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses CHE 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. Credit distribution must also include at least 30 credits in graduate courses numbered 7000 and above, including the core courses: CHE 7100, 7200, 7300 and 7400. The program requires a qualifying examination (written and oral, taken after the equivalent of one year of course work), an approved dissertation outline and prospectus, and a final oral examination after completion of the doctoral dissertation. Students must also submit a Conflict of Interest form with their psopectus and pre-defense paperwork, as well as the Safe Assign form prior to the submission of their defense. Students should consult Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph.D.) for Graduate School regulations governing doctoral study.

For more information, please contact:

Yinlun Huang, Professor 
Director of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Programs
Engineering - 1117
313-577-3771
yhuang@eng.wayne.edu

Materials science and engineering (Ph.D. program)

Regular admission requires a 3.5 grade point average in the Master of Science degree or in the Bachelor of Science degree, from an accredited U.S. institution, and the written approval of the student’s advisor (selected from the departmental faculty). Evaluation of admission credits is determined by the department graduate officer.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 90 credits beyond the Bachelor of Science degree is required in the Doctor of Philosophy program, including 30 credits in dissertation direction. The 30-credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses MSE 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. Credit distribution must also include at least 30 credits in graduate courses numbered 7000 and above, including the core courses: MSE 7300, and 7400. Also required are: a qualifying examination, taken after the equivalent of one academic year of course work; an approved dissertation outline and prospectus; and a final oral examination, taken after the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation. Students must also submit a Conflict of Interest form with their psopectus and pre-defense paperwork, as well as the Safe Assign form prior to the submission of their defense. Students should consult Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph.D.) for Graduate School regulations governing doctoral study.

For more information, please contact:

Yinlun Huang, Professor 
Director of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Graduate Programs
Engineering - 1117
313-577-3771
yhuang@eng.wayne.edu