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The John R. and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering

If you’re seeking an opportunity to work collaboratively with experts from diverse backgrounds at both Penn State and around the world, the Department of Chemical Engineering is a great place for you!

Our University is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for chemical engineering research, based on the quality and quantity of scientific research articles.

Our programs cover a wide spectrum of research areas that encompass both computational and experimental research approaches. Graduates are trained to be independent researchers with the ability to solve some of today’s most challenging real-world issues. In addition, our enjoy ultramodern research facilities including the 275,600 square-foot Millennium Science Complex, home of the Materials Characterization Lab and The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

In 2019, the department plans to move to a new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that is currently under construction. The six-story, 194,500-square-foot building, which will be co-habited by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is positioned to support research, collaboration, and engineering discovery at Penn State for years to come.

Our graduate degree programs include:

One-year, non-thesis Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Please note that application review will begin as early as February 1 and continue on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Admission may be granted after April 30 if spaces remain

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018

Graduate Minor in Chemical Engineering

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Contact Information 

Ali Borhan
Professor of Chemical Engineering
M.S. Program Coordinator

Christian Pester
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

Xueyi Zhang
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Admissions

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

Cathy Krause
Graduate 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