Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical Engineering

University of Tennessee Knoxville

48 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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Students proceeding directly to the PhD program from a baccalaureate degree should submit evidence of outstanding performance in a rigorous undergraduate program and the ability to perform independent research at the doctoral level. The Chemical Engineering program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


A total of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for the PhD. These consist of course work hours and research and dissertation hours (CBE 600). 

Energy Science and Engineering Concentration

This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the Tickle College of Engineering, other UT colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 credit hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major, (PhD) program section of this catalog. The Chemical Engineering program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

Specifically, the departmental requirements consist of the satisfactory completion of

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours in graduate-level courses (excluding CBE 600) in chemical engineering and related fields beyond the baccalaureate. These courses must include the four core courses (CBE 506, CBE 531, CBE 547, and CBE 579), and at least 6 credit hours of courses at the 600 level from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • A qualifying exam that assesses the student’s competence in the core areas of chemical and biomolecular engineering, ability to think analytically and creatively, and potential to perform original research.
  • Successful oral defense of the dissertation before the student’s dissertation committee.
  • Active participation in graduate seminars conducted by the department. Resident students must register for CBE 501 every semester offered.
  • Completion of a minimum of two semesters of service as a teaching assistant in departmental courses.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

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    13380 USD/year
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885 - 1454 USD /month
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