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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Chemical Engineering (ECH)
with a Concentration in Manufacturing (MFT)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.0701
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Vinay Gupta
Phone: 813-974-0851


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree is usually awarded to a student who has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or strong evidence of undergraduate chemical engineering experience.

Major Research Areas
The Chemical & Biomedical Engineering faculty research and development interests cover a broad range of areas in reacting systems, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, systems engineering and characterization, all fundamental as well as applied in biomedical, materials including microelectronic, and environmental domains. Strong collaboration with the College of Medicine, Center of Microelectronic Research, as well as, Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering makes most programs in Chemical Engineering truly interdisciplinary.

The Department offers core courses in thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reacting systems, math, and process analysis and modeling. A rich variety of electives are available regularly within the department as well as the University. Chemical & Biomedical Engineering research facilities include modern laboratories for polymer synthesis and characterization, supercritical fluid technology, life sciences, process control, instrumentation, computer aided process design, and phase behavior.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • GRE required, Applicants must score >720 (Q), >350 (V) and Analytical of 3.0 or greater.
  • An undergraduate Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total)
  • Two (2) letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Requires an undergraduate degree in engineering or science. This is an interdisciplinary program that involves a combination of engineering and science courses. Complete background courses in Chemical Engineering as needed.




Take two courses from the list below:



Advanced Thermodynamics
Advanced Transport
Math Methods
Advanced Reaction Engineering
Process Analysis and Modeling


Seminar courses (At least 3 required)
2 Tools of Research (Directed Research in 1st year of study) ( At least 4 hours)
Concentration area (Engineering) (Minimum 27 hours in one area, at least 20 at 6000 level)
5000 or 6000 Math level Courses (at least 9 hours)
Other 5000 or 6000 course (need a total of 60 hours of coursework)

Concentrations available:

Biomedical and Biotechnology (BEB)
Manufacturing (MFT)





Dissertation: Doctoral (30 credits maximum)




  1. Diagnostic Examination completed by the end of first year of study. Waived for students who have successfully passed the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering Examination) offered by the Florida Society of Professional Engineers. See details of the diagnostic exam under Departmental requirements for a Ph.D.
  2. Qualifying Examination, complete by the end of the second year of study
  3. Publication in a refereed journal with the student as the first and primary author. At least 1 is required with the expectation that most Ph.D. students will have 3 or more. The publication must be based on your Dissertation research. Presentation at a conference or publication in a proceeding (even if refereed) is not sufficient.
  4. See complete list of requirements under Departmental requirements for a Ph.D.





College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECH6105, ECH6285, ECH6515, ECH6840, ECH6112, ECH7980,