The chemical engineering department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering science. These degrees provide the opportunity to tailor a graduate program to the student's interests. Current areas of opportunity for graduate research include biosensors and biokinetics, nonlinear mathematical modeling, surfactant science, combustion, environmental remediation, transport phenomena, polymer materials and more. In addition to the degrees sponsored by the department, we participate in interdisciplinary programs managed by other departments in the School of Engineering.
The application and admission process is administered by the Graduate School. The best way to obtain applications, etc., is to contact the school directly.
To be admitted to a graduate program, a student must have a B average on undergraduate work, must achieve an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test and must present at least one supporting letter of recommendation.
An applicant lacking one or more of these qualifications but who has presented substantial evidence indicating the ability to perform well in a degree program may be admitted provisionally to the Graduate School until specified conditions have been fulfilled. University requirements and various admission categories are described in the Graduate School Catalog.
Students admitted for graduate study in chemical engineering usually have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or a closely related field. Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, etc.) are also eligible, although they are usually required to complete several undergraduate courses to make up for deficiencies in certain areas prior to full admission. Prospective students in this situation should contact the department to work out a special program.
The M.S. degree requires 24 course credits and a minimum of 6 thesis credits. Typically, the course credits consist of 12 hours of required course work in advanced transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reactor design, plus 3 credits of seminar. The remaining courses are selected with the assistance of the thesis adviser to promote the thesis work or the professional development of the student. An oral thesis defense is given when course work and thesis are completed.
All graduates from the M.S. program are expected to:
- Be able to analyze, plan and execute a fairly complex project with a minimum amount of supervision
- Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Have a firm understanding of chemical engineering science
There are no additional requirements for the Ph.D. beyond those given in The University of Mississippi Graduate School Catalog. Students must pass a preliminary examination (with written and oral components) covering transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reactor design, designed to show command of the undergraduate curriculum. Exact course requirements beyond the master's degree are set by the student's advisory committee to help the student meet his or her goals.
Ph.D. recipients must:
- Have a firm understanding of the basics of chemical engineering science
- Be able to make a significant, new contribution to the field of chemical engineering
- Be able to apply independently the principles of chemical engineering to a new problem and make reasonable progress toward its solution
A final oral examination is required and is mainly a defense of the dissertation.