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Graduate Requirements/Advisors

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Degree Requirements

Note: The core curriculum includes thermodynamics, transport phenomena, mathematics, and reactor engineering.

Ph.D./Sc.D.

  • Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum, as well as the departmental biology requirement
  • Minor program in a related field outside of chemical engineering
  • Written and oral qualifying examinations
  • Thesis describing original research

Ph.D.CEP

  • Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum, as well as the departmental biology requirement
  • Practice School requirements, including a one-semester industrial internship (culminating in an M.S.CEP degree)
  • Written and oral qualifying examinations
  • Thesis describing original research
  • Coursework at the Sloan School of Management
  • Capstone paper, combining technical experience with business training, appended to the thesis

M.S.CEP

  • Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum
  • Courses in systems engineering and applied chemistry
  • Practice School requirements, including a one-semester industrial internship

Advisors

For incoming, first-year graduate students, academic advisors are members of the Committee for Graduate Students. When you select a research topic and begin your thesis, the research supervisor becomes your academic advisor. In general, students choose research advisors at the end of their first Fall semester at MIT. Should you wish to choose a research advisor from a department other than Chemical Engineering, you will also need to choose a co-advisor from the Chemical Engineering faculty.

Prior to Registration Day (Fall and Spring semesters), your subject selection must first be approved by your advisor before the Graduate Officer can authorize registration on Registration Day. Advisor approval should also be obtained for any subsequent subject add/drop actions during the term (no additional authorization by the Graduate Officer is required).