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Graduate Program

Graduate Programs Offered

The Department offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in both Chemical Engineering as well as Biomedical Engineering.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering is an advanced research-based degree that prepares students to utilize the fundamental principles of chemical engineering to conceive and design processes to produce, transform, and transport materials. All students take three advanced-level courses in transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and reaction engineering. In addition, they take five elective classes that prepare them to specialize in a focus area in chemical engineering. Students are required to perform research, which culminates into a master’s thesis. Graduates of this program typically join the chemical industry or continue for their doctoral degree.  

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering is a research-intensive degree that shows a high degree of originality on the part of the student and constitutes an original contribution to the art and science of chemical engineering. Students are required to take a qualifying examination, candidacy examination, and a final examination that includes a written dissertation and an oral defense. In addition, students are also required to take advanced-level courses that prepare them to conduct independent and original research in a field of chemical engineering. Graduates of this program typically join the chemical industry or government laboratory at a senior researcher level or join academia as faculty members.  

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is an advanced degree that prepares students to integrate engineering and life sciences for the advancement of human health and medical technologies. All students take three advanced-level courses in biomedical engineering principles, numerical and statistical methods, and interfacial phenomena. In addition, they take five elective classes that prepare them to specialize in a focus area in biomedical engineering. All students are required to perform research, which culminates into a master’s thesis or a problem report. Graduates of this program typically join the biomedical industry or continue for their doctoral degree.  

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering is a research-intensive degree that shows a high degree of originality on the part of the student and constitutes an original contribution to the art and science of biomedical engineering. Students are required to take a qualifying examination, candidacy examination, and a final examination that includes a written dissertation and an oral defense. In addition, students are also required to take advanced-level courses that prepare them to conduct independent and original research in a field of biomedical engineering. Graduates of this program typically join the biomedical industry or government laboratory at a senior researcher level or join academia as faculty members.  

Research Mentors

Graduate students work very closely with their faculty advisors on research. The department faculty members are presently involved in a broad spectrum of research areas, which impact economic development, national security, energy supply, health, and quality-of-life issues. They possess a wide spectrum of industrial experiences and are routinely in contact with their counterparts in industry. This contact with real engineering problems enables them to convey a practical experience to students while keeping in perspective many of the fundamental concepts involved in graduate study. They are nationally and internationally recognized through the publication of textbooks, monograph series, and technical papers. They routinely participate in national and international conferences and are well positioned to serve as excellent mentors to the doctoral students.

Admissions Requirements and Graduate Coordinators

Please contact the Chemical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering graduate coordinators for admission requirements to the chemical and biomedical engineering graduate programs.  

CHE Grad Coordinator

Rakesh Gupta
ESB 441
304.293.9342
rakesh.gupta@mail.wvu.edu

John Hu
ESB 427
304.293.5067
john.hu@mail.wvu.edu

BMEG Department Coordinator

Margaret Bennewitz
ESB 519
304.293.2111
margaret.bennewitz@mail.wvu.edu

Resources

Required Forms

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Handbooks