Polymer Engineering (PhD)

Polymer Engineering (PhD)

The doctorate in Polymer Engineering is awarded to a student after the completion of a prescribed program of course studies, preliminary examinations and a research project that leads to the preparation of a written dissertation describing the research in a scholarly manner. A student and his/her adviser can plan any additional courses necessary to aid in the dissertation research project and/or that allow for the academic and professional growth of the student. A master’s degree is not a prerequisite for the doctorate; however, the first year of study will be substantially the same for both the master’s and the doctoral student.


Admission Requirements

  • GRE
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume preferred but not required

Application Deadline

Applications are processed throughout the year for Fall semester admission; however, priority consideration is given to those students whose applications are completed by January 15 each year.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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