Doctorate Program

DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE

The Ph.D. degree plan is primarily a research program. Graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program will have the opportunity to work closely with our dynamic, internationally-recognized faculty. Many Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to work on innovative research problems through interdisciplinary collaborations in the colleges of engineering, liberal arts and sciences, and medicine, which are all co-located on the Gainesville campus. Ph.D. students will observe a strong commitment to excellence in research and education in both the classroom and the laboratory.

The granting of the degree is based on general proficiency and distinctive achievements of the Ph.D. candidate in their research field. Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent investigation of research problems and attain mastery of a field of knowledge. Ph.D. students will also have opportunities to gain valuable teaching and communication experience by assisting instructors in the classroom and supervising undergraduate and other graduate researchers in the laboratory.
Briefly, the requirements for the Ph.D. degree are:

  1. Completion of at least 90 credits (minimum of 24 credits of coursework) beyond the B.S. degree while maintaining an overall and major GPA of 3.0 or higher. Specific coursework requirements include completion of Continuum Basis, Molecular Basis, Mathematical Basis, and Chemical Engineering Kinetics. 
  2. Successful completion of a written research proposal and oral qualifying examination based on the candidate’s research plan to achieve the objectives for his/her doctoral dissertation and his/her general knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals. 
  3. Successful completion of a written doctoral dissertation and final oral examination based on the candidate’s original research. 

Final acceptance into the Ph.D. program requires successful completion of both the research proposal and the oral qualifying examination. Although the time to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements is dependent on the specific research program and student motivation, the minimum requirements for the Ph.D. program are typically met in 3 – 5 years following a B.S. degree. 

All Ph.D. students that maintain good academic standing receive competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and medical insurance.

Apply

NEW STUDENTS FOR ALL GRADUATE PROGRAMS ARE ADMITTED ONLY IN THE FALL SEMESTER. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE PH.D. AND M.S. PROGRAMS ARE DECEMBER 5 AND JANUARY 15, RESPECTIVELY. LATE APPLICATIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED IF FUNDING IS AVAILABLE.

Apply online and submit UF’s non-refundable application fee of $30.

GRE test score results must be current (taken within 5 years) and sent directly to UF from the testing agency.

Arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended.

International applicants must submit an official copy in their native language.

Department Requirements

  • Statement of purpose (to be submitted with the online application)
  • Three recommendation letters (make sure to add contact information for three letter writers in the online application).
  • A resume no longer than two pages (to be submitted with the online application).
  • Photocopy of any official document sent by regular mail to the Office of Admissions.

Graduate Advising

Shirley Kelly
Shirley Kelly
Graduate Academic Advisor
263 CHE-SC
PO Box 116005
Phone: (352) 392-4753
Fax: (352) 392-9513
email: Shirley@che.ufl.edu
Kirk J. Ziegler, Ph.D.
Kirk J. Ziegler, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
261 CHE-SC
email: kziegler@che.ufl.edu
Helena Hagelin-Weaver, Ph.D.
Helena Hagelin-Weaver, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Recruitment Coordinator
323 CHE
Phone: (352) 294-2891
email: PhD-Recruiting@che.ufl.edu