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PhD candidates perform independent research under the tutelage of core CBE faculty, building deep expertise in a chosen area of specialization. Critical and independent thinking, scientific rigor, and creativity are paramount for successful completion of the degree. 

The PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Engineering and Applied Sciences consists of a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 30 credit hours from previous graduate study may be credited toward the PhD degree. At least 42 credit hours beyond a former MS degree are normally required for the PhD degree, including 24 credit hours of formal courses, two semesters of teaching, and 30 credits of dissertation. 

The quality of research is the most important element, and the dissertation must demonstrate original contribution to the field of study, typically through publications in peer reviewed journals. In this regard, annual committee meetings are enforced after the second year of study. The selection of coursework is made by the student in consultation with his/her advisor in the first or second semester after admission to the PhD program. Core course requirements, as specified below, must be satisfied either through courses taken within the doctoral program or previously as part of an MS program at UB. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Completed PhD applications are due December 15, but full consideration will be given to all applications that are completed before January 15. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
    hours
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Programme Structure

PhD requirements
  • A curriculum of required coursework
  • Two qualifying examinations (literature survey and proposal defense)
  • Defense and approval of a doctoral dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    55

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades
  • GRE exam scores
  • letters of recommendation
  • a statement outlining past accomplishments, professional objectives, special interests, and educational plans

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23100 USD/year
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  • National

    11310 USD/year
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Living costs for Buffalo

  • 920 - 1560 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships
    • University at Buffalo Presidential Fellowships
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
    • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships
    • Fulbright Programs
    • Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program

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