WPI’s PhD in Chemical Engineering brings you to the front and center of widely recognized global work in chemical engineering and related fields. You’ll have immediate access to advanced technologies, processes, and pioneering faculty providing core support in molecular bioengineering, sustainable energy, advanced functional materials, and catalysis, to name a few. You will join a diverse group of graduate students and because of WPI’s small size, you will have the opportunity to develop strong mentoring relationships with not only your primary faculty advisor but other faculty in the chemical engineering PhD program. WPI has a long-standing tradition of “research for a purpose” to address a societal need, so your work will have a tangible impact. Because of WPI’s interdisciplinary research tradition, you will get the opportunity to explore topics outside of the box. What is a PhD in chemical engineering? It’s a degree that prepares you to take on future challenges as a leader in the research community.
While pursuing your Chemical Engineering PhD at WPI, you’ll employ active learning and knowledge of up-to-date practices to solve diverse real-life problems in areas such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, catalysis, process control, and safety. You’ll have your choice of courses to achieve your goals, with many electives offered within Chemical Engineering and in related departments such as Biology and Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Complete course descriptions and degree requirements for the PhD in chemical engineering are in the Course Catalog.
Graduate Student Professional Development
WPI is an emerging leader in graduate student professional development and offers a number of opportunities for graduate students to develop their interests and skills outside of a traditional research context. WPI’s Graduate School supports a robust Office of Professional Development and offers annual seminars and workshops as part of the STARS Program. The Chemical Engineering Department offers an annual Graduate Student Seminar Series where students explore the creation and implementation of Individual Development Plans, meet industry experts as part of career panels, and present their research to both peers and professionals.
Research areas in Chemical Engineering:
- Cellular and metabolic engineering
- Biopolymer interfaces
- Computational chemistry
- Functional materials
- Reaction engineering
Explore Your Career Potential with a Chemical Engineering PhD
Maybe you’re asking yourself how much do PhD chemical engineers make or are a chemical engineering PhD worth it? Check out our career outlook for the chemical engineering field and find out for yourself the types of companies that have hired WPI graduates, salary data, job titles, and more.
Jump Start Your Career with a Chemical Engineering Professional MS
WPI’s Chemical Engineering Professional MS degree lets you work on an industry project so you’ll gain advanced skills and professional credibility while earning your degree. This program’s distinctive Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP) lets you build the foundation you need for career success.
Need an MS First? Earn a Professional or Regular Master’s in Chemical Engineering!
Just browsing our graduate programs and need to earn a master’s in chemical engineering first? Our MS in chemical engineering focuses on global research so students can study the impact of technology, speed and accuracy, and more. If you’re looking for academic and industry expertise, our professional MS will provide exposure to the field while working on an industry-specific project.
The BioPoint Program for Graduate Students has been designed to complement traditional training in bioscience, digital and engineering fields. Students accepted into one of the home BioPoint programs will have the flexibility to select research advisors and take electives in other departments to broaden their skills. BioPoint curriculum is designed to be individual, interactive, project-focused and diverse, and includes innovative courses, seminars, journal clubs and industrial-based projects. Learn more.