About the Program

Graduate students in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin conduct groundbreaking research that impacts society.

Our elite faculty and outstanding facilities (see About the Department) attract top caliber students. We have a strong mentoring environment and provide a broad education that is driven by our remarkable faculty, who hold coveted teaching awards, recognition by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and membership to the National Academies.

Our graduate students work with professors, researchers, and mentors to develop solutions that can be put into practice immediately. In the past 10 years, roughly a third of our chemical engineering faculty have started or helped spin off successful companies as a result of research done at UT Austin, with technologies such as glucose monitoring, step-and-flash imprint lithography, antibody therapies for cancer, nanocrystal-based solar cells and reduced fouling membranes for water treatment.

Program Requirements

During their time in the program, all students complete a minimum of 18 hours of coursework (typically equivalent to 6 courses), serve two semesters as TAs in the department, and present their work as part of a seminar series during their 3rd year. They must write a preliminary research proposal and pass an oral exam before advancing to candidacy. Finally, all students submit dissertations and pass final oral examinations to complete the program. All of these requirements are designed to prepare students for careers in academia or industry, while allowing ample flexibility and time to focus on research.

See what current students have to say about the program in the Meet The Students section.

Cockrell School of Engineering

The innovative research at the Cockrell School of Engineering spans a wide variety of disciplines, with advancements that aim to improve lives throughout the world. Our work is collaborative and cutting-edge, and our graduate students are at the forefront of it. Chemical engineering is one of seven departments within the Cockrell School, which houses many cross-disciplinary research projects, programs, and centers, offering a graduate experience that is robust and enriching.

Research Areas

In the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, the $20.5 million in annual research funding supports programs in six broad research areas.

Learn more about the Research Areas in the department