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

The McWhirter Graduate Program of Chemical Engineering at Penn State has opened its Ph.D. application process for Fall 2021. The early application deadline is Dec. 15, 2020 and we will accept applications until Jan. 8, 2021.

If you’re seeking an opportunity to solve the pressing problems facing society today, the Department of Chemical Engineering is a great place for you! As a Penn State chemical engineering graduate student, you would work collaboratively with experts from diverse backgrounds at both Penn State and around the world.

Why choose us for your graduate experience? 


  • Endowed program – We offer our graduate students fellowships, travel funds, an active graduate student association, and our own research symposium to enhance our graduate student experience.
  • Established, but growing, program – Our program began in the 1920s but we're looking to a bright future with our new building and a growing group of impactful faculty covering six research areas.
  • Expert faculty as mentors – Students have their choice of faculty with extensive background academic, medicine, and industry as their research mentors.
  • Impactful research opportunities – With funding from industry and government sources, our research projects tackle some of society's most pressing societal issues in human health, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, accessible food supply, and more. 
  • New Building – Opened in April 2019, the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building features 109,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs, innovative collaborative spaces, bright and roomy graduate student office space, and more.

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Our graduate degree programs include:

One-year, non-thesis Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
Please note that the 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.)
Early Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2020 Final Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021

Graduate Minor in Chemical Engineering



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