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Ph.D/Sc.D Program

The Doctor of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering are identical degree programs. Degree candidates may choose to be called a "doctor of philosophy" or a "doctor of science".

The degree requires that you complete:

  • the core curriculum in chemical engineering
  • one chemical engineering H Level class
  • the departmental biology requirement
  • a minor program of related subjects outside of chemical engineering
  • written and oral doctoral qualifying examinations
  • the writing and oral defense of a thesis on original research

The core curriculum is:

  • Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering 10.34
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 10.40
  • Analysis of Transport Phenomena 10.50
  • Chemical Reactor Engineering 10.65

The departmental biology requirement is fulfilled by completing an undergraduate subject equivalent to MIT 7.01x, either at MIT or at your undergraduate institution. Examples of minor programs for some recent doctoral students include applied mathematics, control theory, physical, organic or analytical chemistry, mechanical structure, power systems, process metallurgy, nuclear engineering, management, economics, music, ancient history and philosophy. The doctoral qualifying examinations are offered in January and May, and are taken by most students after one or two terms in residence.

The normal duration of the degree program is five to six years. (Including an intermediate M.S.CEP degree normally has little effect on the duration.) A master's degree is not required for entrance into the doctoral program, nor is the M.S.CEP required.