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Graduate Program

Overview

Wegmans HallThe Department of Chemical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to PhD and MS degrees in chemical engineering and a MS degree in alternative energy. Students in our department  participate in high quality, multidisciplinary research and education in an idea-rich environment. Students can also join one of our distinguished and well-funded research groups and and benefit from close interaction with our faculty, through carefully designed courses and leading edge research projects.

Our faculty value interdisciplinary research, giving our students the opportunity to interact with other departments like chemistry, optics, biomedical engineering and materials science. The department and the engineering school offer state-of-the-art research equipment and computer facilities to perform high-impact research.

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Our PhD students pursue original, high-quality research projects. The department’s main research areas include:

  • Advanced materials
  • Catalysis
  • Functional interfaces
  • Theory and simulation
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biotechnology

Past graduates of the program have quickly found employment in a wide variety of industries, government positions, and universities including: Global Foundries, Aerospace Corporation, Eastman Kodak, Intel, Imperial College London and Argonne National Laboratory.

Our full-time PhD students receive competitive graduate fellowships or research assistantships comprising an annual stipend of at least $28,000, medical benefits, and full coverage of graduate tuition. Students normally start in the fall and are encouraged to take graduate courses in other science and engineering fields to support the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

For more information see the PhD page.

MS in Chemical Engineering

An MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester can open up opportunities to higher-level professional positions or to continue on to a PhD.

The MS degree can usually be completed in one to two years through a combination of coursework and research or through coursework only. The curriculum offers a modern emphasis on chemical engineering fundamentals with tailored electives. It is designed to develop fundamental knowledge in chemical engineering core areas. Research opportunities are available through faculty-run research groups.

Past students of the program have quickly found employment in a wide variety of industries, government positions, and universities, including: St. Gobain, IBM, Exxon-Mobil, 3M, and Stanford University.

For more information see the MS in chemical engineering page.

MS in Alternative Energy 

The master’s in alternative energy is intended for students with a broad range of undergraduate majors, from engineering to natural and life sciences. The curriculum includes opportunities to design energy devices and systems, develop computer and data science skills and model and predict energy markets. Students are exposed to a range of technologies including solar cells, wind, biofuels, fuel cells and batteries.

Past students of the program have quickly found employment in a wide variety of industries, government positions, and universities, including: Exxon-Mobil, Con Edison, Franklin Energy, Mondre Energy, Qualitrol, Homesite Insurance Boston, Global Foundries, Larsen Engineers, Ben-Gurion Solar Energy Center, Carnegie Mellon University, and Colorado State University.

For more information see the MS in alternative energy page.

How to Apply

For information about applying for graduate admission and financial aid see the applying page.