Graduate Students

Why Chemical Engineering at the U of A?

An education in chemical engineering is a gateway to numerous career opportunities ranging from biomedical technology to sustainability. At the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, you will be mentored by world-class scientists and participate from hands-on learning methods. Outside the classroom, gain real-world experience with research opportunities offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and join one of our student organizations.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Christa Hestekin

chesteki@uark.edu

479-575-3416

What are the entrance requirements?

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  • Visit our fellowships page for more fellowship opportunities.

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

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.

The application process is also described in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Student Handbook