The Ph.D. Program in Chemical Engineering prepares selected students for advanced careers in academia, national laboratories, and industry. Our program is highly competitive with research strengths in energy, materials & interfaces, transport processes, and bio- & environmental engineering. In addition, our department houses core faculty of the CUNY Energy Institute, with research in advanced electrochemical energy storage, oil & gas, and nuclear energy, and the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics, with research projects pertaining to rheology and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. Cutting-edge shared scientific facilities are available at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) and at CCNY's core scientific facilities. In addition, CCNY is a partner institution in and its campus houses the nine-university consortium New York Structural Biology Center (NYSBC) that includes world-class NMR, Xray crystallography and Electron microscopy (including CryoEM) facilities that our researchers have full access to.
The following video panel discussions by CCNY professors and students will give you a better sense of what to expect in a PhD program:
"Why Pick to do a PhD Program?"
"What is it Like to do a PhD?"
Application Deadline for Fall 2021:
The priority deadline for fall 2021 admission was December 31, 2020, however, we continue to evaluate applications on a rolling basis through April 15, 2021 or until all openings are filled, whichever comes first.
Please see Admissions FAQs for more information.
Program Online Application (use for both spring and fall applications)
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the GRE is optional for applications submitted for consideration for fall 2021 admissions.
Minimum TOEFL Scores:
533 (PBT), 73 (IBT)
Supporting Documents Required for Application:
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
3 Letters of Recommendation
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Official GRE Score report from ETS--optional for fall 2021
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Total Credits: 60 (33 course credits, 27 research credits)
PhD Program Advisor: Prof. Elizabeth J. Biddinger
Seungri "Victor" Kim is the Department's 2020 Acrivos Fellow. He is a part of Prof. Xi Chen's research group where he is studying the fundamentals of water-responsive materials, a novel energy harvesting material for high-energy actuators.