Graduate Program

The graduate program in our department offers the Master of Science (MSChE) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering. Tuition waivers and living stipends are available for outstanding applicants to enable them to focus on cutting-edge research and advanced coursework. The most commonly-asked questions about the program are addressed below. You can download the department’s Graduate Student Handbook which is a complete guide to applying to the program, the coursework requirements, and details funding.

Outcomes and Objective

The educational objective of the Chemical Engineering graduate program is to prepare students for advanced roles in the profession through a combination of planned coursework and research activities so that graduates are equipped to address present and future challenges in such areas as research, teaching, management, and entrepreneurship. 

The educational outcomes of our graduate program are to assure that each student has had an opportunity to:

  1. Critically analyze meaningful and technologically relevant data, and for thesis students, plan and safely conduct research;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental mathematics and chemical engineering problem solving;
  3. Understand professional and ethical responsibility; and
  4. Develop and use effective written and oral communication skills.

What are the entrance requirements?

  • A grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 in a completed BS or MS in chemical engineering. If your undergraduate institution uses a grade scale not based on 4.0, we will convert your grades to a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum GRE score of 155 on the quantitative section of the exam and a minimum of 307 combined score on the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam. When you take the test, have the score sent directly to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, institution code 6866, dept code 1001.
  • For students without a completed degree from a U.S. university, a minimum score of 550 for the TOEFL paper based test, 213 for the computer based TOEFL test, 80 for the IBT or 6.5 for the IELTS.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Due to the years of additional study past the Bachelor's degree, the broader duties of the graduate student and the desire to attract the best students, the Department offers financial assistance for some incoming students. All students are automatically considered for financial aid and no additional application is required. Strong preference for funding will go to students seeking the PhD degree.

If you receive financial aid, it will pay all tuition, some student fees, and provide a living stipend at one the following levels:

Master’s students: $12,000 per year
PhD students: $20,000 per year

Graduate Research Fellowships

Doctoral Academy Fellowships - $30,000 per year
GPA: 3.50/4.00 if entering with a BS in chemical engineering, natural science, or other engineering program. 3.65/4.00 if entering with a MS in a similar subject area.
GRE: verbal plus quantitative score of at least 307, with a GRE writing score of 4.5 or higher

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships - $42,000 per year
GPA: 3.65/4.00 if entering with a BS in chemical engineering, natural science, or other engineering program. 3.85/4.00 if entering with a MS in a similar subject area.
GRE: verbal plus quantitative score of at least 314 with a GRE writing score of 5.0 or higher

See here for more fellowship opportunities: https://grad.uark.edu/future/funding/fellowships.php

What degree programs are offered?

The MSChE consists of 24 hours of coursework (8 courses), a research project supervised by a faculty member, and the defense of a written thesis. A non-thesis MSChE is not offered as a terminal degree. This normally takes 2 years, with all classes completed in the first 12 to 18 months.

The PhD degree consists of 48 hours of coursework, a research project supervised by a faculty member, and the defense of a written dissertation. In addition, you must pass a set of qualifying exams. This normally takes 4 years, with all classes completed in 2 - 3 years.

What research areas are available?

  • Biotechnology 
  • Biofuels
  • Chemical Hazards Research
  • Chemical Process Safety
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Materials Science for Microelectronics
  • Membrane Separations
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Sustainability

Learn more

How do I find out more?

You can download the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, which is a complete guide to applying to the program, the coursework requirements, and details on funding.

How do I apply?

The application process is described in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Program Coordinator:
Dr. Christa Hestekin
chesteki @ uark.edu
479-575-3416