The Ph.D. degree represents the highest level of academic preparation. With it, a student can expect to maintain technical competence and contributions throughout a professional career. It is usually the preferred degree for research and development in industry and government and for teaching.
Within the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, 72 credits of graduate-level studies, including the dissertation, are required for a Ph.D. The emphasis is on advanced study in a specialty with major focus on the dissertation. A doctoral student must pass a comprehensive examination, prepare a dissertation proposal and the dissertation itself, and present and defend the dissertation.
In addition, each doctoral student’s program must include the following courses:
- CHME 6570 Chemical and Phase Equilibria (fall)
- CHME 6610 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering I (fall)
- CHME 6510 Advanced Transport Phenomena I (spring)
- 6000-level Chemical Engineering Elective
Please see the Chemical and Biological Engineering department page (http://cbe.rpi.edu/) for additional details about the doctoral program.
Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- demonstrate competency, both theoretically and empirically, in the field of Chemical Engineering.
- demonstrate proficiency in research and research methods.
- demonstrate effective presentation and speaking skills.
- demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- write and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.