Chemical Engineering Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Chemical Engineering

Program Description

Degree candidates are expected to pursue study and research that will give them a deeper comprehension of the basic and applied sciences and will develop initiative, originality, and creative ability. The thesis or dissertation may involve either research or special projects in such subjects as design, economics, or mathematical analysis. There is no language requirement for students majoring in chemical engineering.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4550

214 Olin Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • advanced materials processing
  • applied math and computational methods
  • biochemical engineering
  • chemical reaction engineering
  • classical and statistical thermodynamics
  • fluid dynamics, rheology, and biorheology
  • heat and mass transfer
  • kinetics and catalysis
  • polymers
  • surface science


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: December 16

No Spring admission

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Requirements Summary:

Most applicants have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of the fundamental work required by an accredited curriculum in chemical engineering. Outstanding students with undergraduate majors in chemistry, materials science, microbiology, or physics are also encouraged to apply. 

Learning Outcomes

Mastery and application of chemical engineering knowledge 
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the core subjects in chemical engineering and the ability to apply core subjects to technological applications.

Problem formulation, analysis, solution and presentation of results
Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate chemical engineering techniques, tools and methods to solve engineering problems in the context of courses and independent projects. They will be able to apply those tools to the formulation, analysis and solution of broadly defined problems. They will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate results.

Communication of knowledge
Students will demonstrate the ability to describe effectively the formulation, analysis and solution of specific problems in chemical engineering. They will be able to explain the technological importance of the problems and the results they obtained.

Self-­directed learning and professional development
Students will demonstrate the ability to assimilate information from multiple sources to solve original engineering problems of technological importance. They will demonstrate the ability to work with fellow students in individual and team environments. They will acquire an awareness of professional roles in chemical engineering practice. They will recognize that involvement in the chemical engineering profession involves a commitment to life-­long learning and continuing development of skills and abilities.