Doctorate Program

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Questions? See our ChE Ph.D. Program FAQ Page!

DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE

The Ph.D. degree plan is primarily a research program. Students with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field, are encouraged to apply for this program.

Graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program will have the opportunity to work closely with our dynamic, internationally-recognized faculty, focusing on innovative research problems through interdisciplinary collaborations in the colleges of engineering, liberal arts and sciences, health and human performance, and medicine, which are all co-located on the Gainesville campus. Ph.D. students will observe a strong commitment to excellence in research, education, and ethics 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:

  • 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 four core courses Continuum Basis, Molecular Basis, Mathematical Basis, and Chemical Engineering Kinetics/ Reactor Design. 
  • 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. 
  • Successful completion of a written doctoral dissertation and final oral examination based on the candidate’s original research. 

Graduation

Transition to Ph.D. Candidacy requires successful completion of both the research proposal and the oral qualifying examination, which should be completed by February 1st of the second year. Although the time to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements is dependent on the specific research program and benchmark achievements, the minimum requirements for the Ph.D. program are typically met in 4-5 years following a B.S. degree. 

All Ph.D. students that maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward their degree are guaranteed competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and medical insurance for 5 years within the program, though funding and support for additional time is often provided by the PhD advisor when necessary.

APPLY

New students for all graduate programs are admitted primarily in the fall semester. The priority deadlines for applications to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs are December 5 and January 15, respectively. Late applications are accepted until all positions are filled. 

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

  • For fee waivers: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/graduate/prospects/admissions/
  • For admission between now and Fall 2021, changes have been made to address issues with COVID19. Please see our ChE Ph.D. Program FAQ Page.
  • Ensure that the following documents are submitted with your application:
    • Statement of purpose (to be submitted with the online application). See FAQ for more details. 
    • A resume no longer than two pages (to be submitted with the online application).
    • Photocopy of all official document sent to the UF Office of Admissions. Ensure submission of official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial consideration, but official documents must be received for full application package review.
    • Three recommendation letters (make sure to add contact information for three letter writers in the online application).

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.

Questions?

Prospective graduate students: See our ChE Ph.D. Program FAQ Page. For additional questions not addressed on this page, please email: grad@che.ufl.edu

Accepted incoming students, please email questions to grad@che.ufl.edu

 

Graduate Advising

Shirley Kelly
Shirley Kelly
Graduate Academic Advisor
263 CHE-SC
PO Box 116005
Phone: (352) 392-4753
Fax: (352) 392-9513
email: grad@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.
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator
323 CHE
Phone: (352) 294-2891
email: grad@che.ufl.edu
Whitney Stoppel, Ph.D.
Whitney Stoppel, Ph.D.
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator
321 CHE
Phone: (352) 294-2891
email: grad@che.ufl.edu