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In collaboration with the Virginia Tech Graduate School, we train future leaders in chemical engineering and research for high-impact jobs in industry and academia. Our students work on critical challenges in materials, polymers, bioengineering, catalysis, interface, and surface science and simulation. 

We offer Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees that include courses essential to advanced learning and research. These courses are supplemented with electives chosen in support of the thesis research or the student's special interests.

We do not require GRE scores, but non-U.S. citizen applicants must have minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language, (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System, (IELTS) scores. For more information, contact our graduate program coordinator.

Programs are also available for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than chemical engineering. Chemistry majors, especially those with thorough backgrounds in physical chemistry and mathematics, as well as graduates in biochemistry and microbiology, can re-orient their studies.


The graduate school maintains a comprehensive course catalog for chemical engineering.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs)

Our department is also affiliated with three Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs offered through the graduate school: Computational Tissue Engineering (CTE), Macromolecular science and Engineering (MACR), and Regenerative Medicine.


Polymer science and engineering, composite materials processing, artifical intelligence and big data, colloid and surface chemistry, solid state chemistry and physics, self-assembly and nanotechnology, healthcare technologies and tissue engineering, catalysis and surface science, pollution prevention and remediation, supercritical fluid science and technology, genomic technologies — these are but a few of the active research areas ongoing in our department.

Find faculty by research speciality, and aquaint yourself with our state-of-the-art research centers, labs, and facilities.


Our students are mentored by faculty and industry partners. A range of financial support options are available, including assistantships and scholarships. International students can access a range of resources to help with VISAs, language barriers, social support, and employment assistance. Our graduate program director can answer questions and provide resources and serves to current and prospective students.

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    Chang Lu , bio

    Fred W. Bull Professor of Chemical Engineering, Graduate Chair |

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    Carrie Hopkins , bio

    Graduate Program Coordinator | (540) 231-5771 |