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Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemical Engineering


The McWhirter Graduate Program of Chemical Engineering at Penn State has re-opened its Ph.D. application process. We understand that there are likely students whose plans have been disrupted or modified by the COVID-19 measures and their economic impact. We can waive the GRE requirement considering the short notice of this resumption. The new applications for Fall 2020 admission will go through the same rigorous screening process as the applications received prior to our original deadline and the admission offers will be made on a rolling basis.


The application deadline is May 8, 2020.


Do research that makes a difference

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in chemical engineering is a structured yet versatile program tailored to individual research interests. Students are challenged to become experts in their area of research, aiding advancements in areas such as:

  • fuel and energy production
  • sustainability 
  • bimolecular energy
  • materials
  • nanotechnology
  • and many others.

Our program is ideal for engineers who wish to gain an expert understanding of the principals and philosophies of chemical engineering and learn the skills to become confident and independent researchers. Strong interdisciplinary research ties at Penn State also allow students to interact with experts in nearly every field.

Financial support available

In addition, we offer full financial support to all Ph.D. students making satisfactory progress toward their degree. This financial package includes tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses, and healthcare benefits.

COVID-19 Extended Application Deadline:

May 8, 2020

Outstanding students may qualify for a waiver of the application fee. Please contact us at if interested in learning more.

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Antonios Armaou
Professor of Chemical Engineering
M.S. Program Coordinator

Xueyi Zhang
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Seong Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator

Cathy Krause
Graduate Program Staff Assistant




The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574