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Why Chemical Engineering?

UF Ranked #8

The University of Florida has become the first Florida school to break into the list of top 10 best public universities, coming in at No. 8, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Top 10 Public Universities

UF Chemical Engineering is a top-rated program.

The University of Florida attracts the best students throughout the state of Florida, as well as out-of-state and international students.

Our graduates have accepted job offers from the following employers (partial list):

  • ABinBev
  • Accenture
  • Albemarle
  • Andritz USA
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Cargill
  • Cherokee Enterprises
  • Dold Foods
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Eli Lilly
  • Epic Systems
  • ExxonMobil
  • Frito Lay
  • E Appliances
  • General Mills
  • Honeywell International
  • Intel
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Michelin
  • NextEra Energy
  • PepsiCo
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Schlumberger
  • Solenis
  • SynQuest Labs
  • Tropicana
Information for Applicants

Application Deadlines

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.



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.
What you need to apply:

Freshman Application Deadline: November 15

All freshman applicants must apply through UF Admissions and meet deadlines and requirements.

Please note that ChE does not make admissions decisions for freshmen. You must be admitted to the University of Florida, after which you may declare your ChE major.

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Transfer Admission Information

Learn About ChE Degree Programs

The Ph.D. degree is primarily a research degree, the granting of which is based essentially on general proficiency and distinctive attainments in chemical engineering, particularly on the demonstrated ability to conduct an independent investigation as exhibited in a required doctoral dissertation. The formal requirements for the Ph.D. degree include successful completion of a qualifying/admission exam within the first fourteen months after admission, submission of a written dissertation based on original research, passing a dissertation defense examination, and the completion of 90 graduate-level semester hours of course work, including those required by the MS. degree.

The principal requirements for the M.S. degree include 30 graduate-level semester hours of course work distributed as follows: 12 semester hours in the basis of chemical engineering courses, 9 additional hours in the engineering science core area, 1 semester hour of graduate seminar for each academic semester in residence, and individual work on a research thesis for 6 semester hours. The program requires the submission of a thesis approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee.

Non-thesis Option

The M.S. NT degree is a non-thesis program intended for students whose B.S. degree is from an accredited chemical engineering curriculum who would like to complete a masters program in one year. The principal requirements for the M. S. NT degree are 30 semester hours of graduate courses including 7 credits of either supervised research work or an industrial internship.

The M.E. degree is a non-thesis program intended for students whose B.S. degree is not from an accredited chemical engineering curriculum. Depending upon their prior education, students are generally required to take a set of undergraduate courses in chemical engineering. In addition, the program requires a minimum of 30 graduate-level semester hours.

The education of the chemical engineer is based on the fundamental sciences of physics, chemistry and biology, on mathematical and computer techniques, and on basic engineering principles. This background makes the chemical engineer extremely versatile and capable of working in a variety of industries: chemical, biochemical, petroleum, materials, microelectronics, environmental, food processing, consumer products, consulting and project management. It is also good preparation for law and medical schools.

The most competitive applicants have earned higher than the minimum 2.5 grade point average in the better of two attempts of at least 6 of the eight preprofessional courses and higher than the required 2.5 grade point average on all attempts of the preprofessional calculus course sequence.

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