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Why Pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering

UTSA offers state-of-the-art facilities and excellent program faculty, giving students the opportunity to pursue high-level multidisciplinary research projects in the broad fields of health, energy, materials, and the environment.

Graduates of this research-intensive program apply their cutting-edge research to solve problems across traditional scientific boundaries and lead careers in industry, academia, or governmental research laboratories.

Flexible Degree Plan

This degree offers a flexibility not typically found in similar programs to adapt to individualized student interests. Additional courses in leadership and engineering education are offered to complement a variety of future career goals.

Additionally, students in this program are highly encouraged to pursue a semester-long internship in a non-academic setting such as industry, private research institutes, or national laboratories.

Chemical Engineering Research Areas

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Chemical Engineering (PhD)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 3 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Chemical Engineering (PhD)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 February 1 June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 Not Available October 1 October 1
Summer 2025 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

PhD students may qualify for research or teaching positions, for which the Klesse College offers funding related to tuition, medical insurance, and an annual stipend of $26,000.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

This is a research-intensive program. All courses are offered during the day at UTSA main campus. Most courses are offered through face-to-face instruction, but some online course options may be available.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Gabriela Romero Uribe, PhD