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New York University Tandon School of Engineering    
  Aug 20, 2017
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

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Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

Students must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination in chemical engineering and present a doctoral dissertation. The qualifying exam is given once a year. Additional details on the qualifying examination should be obtained from the graduate adviser. Each doctoral candidate must complete a minimum of 75 credits of academic work past the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 45 credits of dissertation research. Although the student may elect to take more than 45 credits of PhD thesis, only 45 of those credits can be counted in the required 75 credits. Furthermore, of those 45 credits, at least 36 must be taken beyond MS thesis and at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. A minimum of 30 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree (not including PhD or MS thesis credits) are required in chemical engineering subjects and related subjects, of which at least 12 must be taken at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Attendance is required at departmental seminars for at least four semesters.

To meet graduation requirements, students must have an overall B average in all courses, excluding thesis, and must not obtain more than two grades of C in required subjects. Candidates for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering should plan their programs in accordance with the following requirements:

Electives: 18 Credits

At least three electives (9 credits) must be chosen from approved CBE courses, 6000-level and above.

The remaining courses may be chosen from other graduate programs with the approval of the graduate adviser in chemical engineering.

Thesis: 45 Credits


Up to 9 credits of Master’s Thesis can be included here.

Total: 75 Credits


* CBE-GY 9910 /CBE-GY 9920  must be taken for two years.

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