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Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
The Ph.D. program is the opportunity to work closely with one of our world-renowned faculty on pushing forward the frontier of knowledge in Chemical Engineering, and is the introduction to a career of advanced research in either an academic or industrial setting.


Columbia's program in chemical engineering is one of the oldest in the country. It has continuously evolved since its inception to remain relevant and vital to the nation's workforce. With a brief tour through its history, one can appreciate why this is so.

There have been three stages in the development of the chemical engineering profession in North America. The first commenced with the industrial revolution, spanning about three decades after the beginning of the twentieth century. The discipline was established to support the birth of industries reliant on large-scale chemical and/or physical transformations: textile spinning and dyeing, early synthetic plastics production, fermentation processes for chemicals production, early oil refining and fuel production, early electroplating processes, rubber production and munitions manufacture. During this time the objective of chemical engineering education was to systematize the "unit operations" needed to carry out the industrial chemistries mentioned; the emphasis was on effective industrial practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Fundamental concepts and tools of process systems engineering for modeling, analyzing, and managing enterprisewide risk in complex systems. Case studies present important systemic failures in different domains and their lessons. Develop and analyze risk models for real-life-inspired case studies.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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Academic Requirements

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
  • Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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