Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

The graduate program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering provides the foundation for a successful career in research. Coursework and research requirements, along with faculty mentoring and professional development, emphasize a broad understanding of fundamental principles of chemical engineering. Students draw on these principles as they develop and apply their fields of study to specialized areas of research.

Close interactions among a diverse student body and faculty on topics that span all of modern chemical and biomolecular engineering, allow graduate researchers to develop their abilities to define and address problems of significant societal importance through innovative technical solutions. Our students go on to pursue successful careers in industry, the academy, and government laboratories.

Research areas

Through interdisciplinary activities that capitalize on the synergy among experimental, computational, and theoretical efforts, the department is pushing the boundaries of knowledge in the following areas:

  • Bioengineering and diagnostics
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Molecular simulation and data science
  • Soft matter and nanomaterials

Degree requirements

A detailed description of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including a list of courses offered, can be found in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Guide. Please review the requirements thoroughly before applying.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in chemical or bioengineering or a related discipline.
  • Personal statement detailing your preparation, motivation, and goals for graduate studies in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame.
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your preparation and aptitude for graduate study.
  • The GRE general test is optional.

Financial support

During the five years that it typically takes to complete the requirements of the Ph.D. degree, Ph.D. students are supported with the following benefits:

  • Generous 12-month stipends
  • Substantially increased stipends for doctoral students with fellowships
  • 100% health insurance premiums paid
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Funding opportunities to support travel to conferences and workshops


Fall application deadline: Priority consideration December 1; Regular, January 1.

Spring application deadline: October 1


Questions about the program

Prof. William Phillip
Director of Graduate Studies

Questions about the application process