Prospective Students

Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron offers both master’s and doctorate degrees in polymer engineering. Typical undergraduate degrees of our graduate students include chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, polymer science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and physics. Successful students have a strong interest in polymeric materials and mathematics background at least to differential equations.

Please note that ALL application materials, forms, reference letters, and scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions rather than to the Department of Polymer Engineering. The deadline for priority consideration of fully completed application files is December 1st each year. The deadline for regular admission consideration is January 15th. The Department of Polymer Engineering admits for Fall semester only. Questions regarding admission or the application process may be directed to Graduate School or to Mrs. Cheryl Slusarczyk in the Department of Polymer Engineering at:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Polsky Building 469
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2101
Phone: 330-972-7663
Fax: 330-972-6475
Email: gradadmissions@uakron.edu

Mrs. Cheryl Slusarczyk
Department of Polymer Engineering
426 Polymer Engineering Academic Center
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-0301
Phone: 330-972-5281
Fax: 330-972-3406
Email: cac32@uakron.edu


Additional Information About the Graduate Program

For questions about the Ph.D and M.S. degrees in the Department of Polymer Engineering, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Slusarczyk at cac32@uakron.edu.

For general questions on the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@uakron.edu.

For visa questions, please visit the Office of International Programs

Other Useful Graduate Links

Professional Masters Degree

3+2 Akron Masters Programs

China Akron Masters Program

  • The 3+2 China M.S. Program with the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) at The University of Akron is an accelerated program that allows a student to receive both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five (5) years. A student will complete his/her first three years of study at one of five home institutions in China — Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Soochow University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Donghua University, or East China University of Science and Technology. The fourth year of study will be at The University of Akron (UA), and will count also as the first year of the master’s degree course work. This fourth year of study will include completion of a senior project. Typically the thesis research can be finished by the end of the fifth year to complete the master’s degree. The bachelor’s degree will then be awarded by the home institution in China, and the M.S. degree will be awarded by The University of Akron.

REU Summer Internship Program

RET Summer Program

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES:

Prasad Raut explains why he chose to study Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron.

RESEARCH IN 90 SECONDS:

Harry Zhu describes the research he is doing in the Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron.