Ph.D Program

18 Characteristics of the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare chemical engineers to advance research, development, and education for addressing national and global challenges towards a highly sustainable industrial-based focus on petroleum, petrochemical and allied industries. Competitive scholarship and assistantship are available for highly qualified students with research interests compatible with those of chemical engineering faculty.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the General Requirements in the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering sets the following requirements:

  1. The general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies
  2. A bachelor degree in engineering equivalent to a 4-year engineering program in the United States; or a Master's degree after a bachelor degree equivalent to a 4-year engineering degree program in the United States.
  3. Official transcripts from higher education institutions where degrees were earned and most recently attended institution (if different from the institutions where degrees were earned) with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or graduate GPA of 3.5
  4. GRE score with a minimum combined (Verbal + Quantitative) score of 308
  5. Three reference letters
  6. Resume
  7. Personal statement of educational goals
  8. For applicants without a degree in the appropriate discipline, the department advisor will determine a plan of study that will facilitate successful completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree. This may include additional coursework, independent study, or other means to enhance the student's knowledge of key elements in this field

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States (International Students) must submit the following as part of the application:

  1. TOEFL or IELTS score (waived if student has completed a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country. All years of the degree must be completed in the qualifying country.)
  2. Proof that the applicant has the financial resources to attend Lamar University. As part of the application process, international students must submit a written Confirmation of Financial Resources form that contains personal, family, and/or sponsor financial information and a blank verification of financial holdings. All international students are required to have health and accident insurance for themselves and all their dependent family members in the United States. Insurance may be purchased at the university during the registration period.

Degree Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 70 semester hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree. The Lamar University Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program requires a coherent program of:

  1. All of the College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements
  2. The student with a Master’s degree shall complete a residency of at least one year; the student with a bachelor degree shall complete a residency of at least two years
  3. Completion of a total of 15 semester hours of core course work that includes: CHEN 6302 Transport Phenomena; CHEN 6352 Advanced Process Control; CHEN 6343 Kinetics and Reactor Design; CHEN 6345 Fundamentals of Sustainability; CHEN 6347 Advanced Thermodynamics; and CHEN 6348 Advanced Chemical Engineering Mathematics
  4. Completion of a minimum of 21 semester hours of elective courses in chemical engineering or related fields approved by department graduate advisor
  5. Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of research courses (CHEN 6680 for spring/fall semester; CHEN 6380 for summer) prior to admission to candidacy
  6. Completion of a minimum of 4 semester hours of Professional Seminar (ENGR 6110)
  7. Completion of qualifying examination. The examination is an 8-hour written examination with a selection of problems in Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Engineering Mathematics. The purposes of this examination are to test the student’s understanding of basic concepts and principles. Students who pass the qualifying examination are allowed to prepare a dissertation proposal. Students who fail to pass the qualifying exam are granted a second and final attempt at one or more parts of the examination, or removed from the Ph.D. program
  8. Completion and approval of a Ph.D. dissertation proposal. Upon committee approval of the proposed research through an oral defense, the student is admitted to candidacy. The approved proposal must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies at least 14 weeks prior to the scheduling of the final defense of dissertation
  9. Completion of 18 semester hours of Ph.D. dissertation courses (CHEN 6690 and CHEN 6691 for regular semester; CHEN 6390 and CHEN 6391 for summer) after admission to candidacy and satisfactory defense of Ph.D. dissertation
  10. The Ph.D. degree must be completed within 10 consecutive years of study

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