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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance






Graduate Director

Klauda, Jeffery, Full Member


Adomaitis, Raymond A., Full Member

Anisimov, Mikhail A., Full Member

Calabrese, Richard V., Full Member

Choi, Kyu Yong, Full Member

Ehrman, Sheryl H., Full Member

Raghavan, Srinivasa R., Full Member

Wachsman, Eric, Full Member

Wang, Chunsheng, Full Member

Zachariah, Michael R., Full Member

Associate Professor

Asa-Awuku, Akua,

Dimitrakopoulos, Panagiotis, Full Member

Klauda, Jeffery, Full Member

Sriram, Ganesh, Full Member

Wang, Nam Sun, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Karlsson, Amy, Full Member

Liu, Dongxia, Full Member

Woehl, Taylor,

Affiliate Professor

Al-Sheikhly, Mohamad I., Full Member

Bentley, William E., Full Member

DeVoe, Donald Lad, Full Member

Fisher, John P., Full Member

Kofinas, Peter, Full Member

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Lee, Sang Bok, Full Member

More ENCH Faculty Information

Chemical Engineering (ENCH)   

Program Title and Classification

Chemical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program

College: Engineering


The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department offers educational opportunities leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree or Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Both degrees require a written thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. Our faculty research interests cover a wide array of subject matter and is well-equipped for graduate research in; aerosol science and engineering, biochemical engineering, computational modeling, fluid mechanics and mixing, fuel cell technology, metabolic engineering and systems biology, nanoparticle technology, polymer processing and characterization, polymer reaction engineering, process control, thermodynamics and transport phenomena, and systems research. The Department maintains a distributed computing network consisting of research laboratories and a PC laboratory. Major research facilities including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and NMR are coordinated through a variety of laboratories.

Admissions Information

The programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are open to qualified students holding the Bachelor of Science degree. Admission may be granted to students with degrees in other engineering and science areas from accredited programs, and it may be necessary in some cases to require courses to establish an undergraduate Chemical Engineering background. The general regulations of the Graduate School apply in reviewing applications.

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Publications/Presentations

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan29 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
2 Feb29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits

ENCH 609: Graduate Seminar (2 credits)

ENCH 610: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits)

ENCH 620: Methods of Engineering Analysis (3 credits)

ENCH 630: Transport Phenomena (3 credits)

ENCH 640: Advanced Chemical Reaction Kinetics (3 credits)

ENCH 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)


A minimum of 30 credit hours of course work in technical areas relating directly to chemical engineering is required for the M.S. degree, 6 of which are devoted to thesis research. All students seeking graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering must enroll in ENCH 610, 620, 630, and 640 if they have not completed equivalent courses. In addition to Graduate School regulations, special degree requirements (including core course GPA requirements) are described at the Chemical Engineering Department website:


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Doctoral students must complete the M.S. core course requirements.

2. Minimum of 45 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree is required with at least 27 credits, other than research, numbered 600 or above.

3. 18 credits of research are required with at least 12 credits of ENCH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. The remaining six credits may be either ENCH 899 or ENCH 898: Pre-Candidacy Research.


The Doctor of Philosophy degree is granted only upon sufficient evidence of high attainment in scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. The Chemical Engineering Department requires minimum of 45 semester hours of course work beyond the B.S. degree. A minimum of 18 credit hours of Thesis Research is required; students in the PhD program can register only for ENCH 899 Thesis Research. In addition to Graduate School regulations, special degree requirements include a research aptitude Ph.D. qualifying examination and a research proposal including an oral presentation covering the projected Ph.D. dissertation. All Ph.D. graduate students are required to serve as Teaching Assistants for two semesters. Other requirements, incluidng CORE course GPA requiremtns are found on the Department website:


Facilities and Special Resources

A number of special facilities are available for graduate study and research and are coordinated through the Polymer Reaction Engineering Laboratory, the Chemical Process Systems Laboratory, the Laboratory for Mixing Studies, the Thermophysical Properties Laboratory, the Laboratory for Biochemical Engineering and the Biochemical Reactor Scale Up Facility. These laboratories contain advanced process control computers, polymer processing equipment and polymerization reactors, polymer characterization instrumentation, fermentors, a laser Doppler anemometry facility, and an aerosol characterization facility.

Financial Assistance

Graduate research assistantships typically support qualified Ph.D. students. Graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis to both entering and continuing Ph.D. students. Typically only those Ph.D. students who enter the program in the Fall semester are eligible for fellowships. We are unable to provide financial support to students in our masters degree program.

Contact Statement

For more specific information on the graduate program, contact:



Graduate Coordinator

2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5888

Fax: (301)405-0523">


Associated Information





Aerosol Mechanics; Biochemical Engineering; Bioprocessing; Colloids; Fermentation; Turbulence and Multiphase Flow; Mass Transfer; Optimization; Polymer Processing; Polymer Reaction Engineering and Control; Process Control; Separation Processes; Simulation, Thermodynamics; Biosensors; Nanotechnology; Complex Fluids.