Cookeville, TN
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Chemical engineering graduate programs at a top-ranking Tennessee university

The College of Engineering at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) offers a Master of Science (MS) in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering with a concentration in chemical engineering. Undergraduates can also opt a fast-tracked bachelor of science to MS in Chemical Engineering.

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Tech, a top-ranking regional public university, conducts research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, the Department of Education, and the Department of Defense. Students in the department have received national awards for the research achievements.

Specialization in biomedical engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering is home to a successful biomedical engineering concentration that provides graduate students the opportunity to specialize in the groundbreaking fields of proteomics, cancer research, biomolecular medicine, bioseparations, and other emerging fields in biotechnology. Students and faculty engage in both experimental and computational modeling.

The Department of Chemical Engineering also focuses on materials research on both the molecular and nano scales and environmental areas, such as electrokinetics-based soil cleaning and environmental proteomics.

The MS in Chemical Engineering

Students in the MS program at TTU complete 24 credit hours of courses. These include 12 credit hours of core courses in advanced mathematics, chemical engineering thermodynamics fluid mechanics, and kinetics. Students also engage in 6 credit hours of research and thesis work.

The PhD in Engineering with Chemical Engineering Concentration

Students who have obtained the MS in Chemical Engineering, complete an additional 48 credit hours, beyond the 30 credit-hour MS program, to obtain a PhD. These include 18 to 24 credit hours of coursework and 24 to 30 credit hours of research and dissertation.

Students who are admitted to the PhD program directly after their BS complete 72 credit hours. These include 42 to 48 credit hours of coursework, including the four core courses required for the completion of the MS, and 24 to 30 hours of research and dissertation.

Wide-ranging electives to support specialization

PhD students choose their elective courses in consultation with their research advisor to ensure that they have a strong general background and the specialized knowledge to support their research.

Elective courses within the TTU Department of Chemical Engineering have included:

- Chemical Reaction Engineering

- Polymer Engineering

- Transport in Biochemical / Biological Processes

- Advanced Fuel Cells

- Advanced Issues in Polymer Engineering

- Advanced Protein Biophysics and Simulation

- Biofuels and the Rural Socioecology

- Catalytic Systems

- Modeling of Chemical Engineering Systems

- Physical Transport I

- Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

- Survey of Protein Engineering

- Advanced Application of Protein Engineering

- Electrokinetics-Hydrodynamics

- STEM Design: Team Management & Assessment

- Advanced Kinetics in the Environment

Tennessee Tech PhD in Engineering students can also take electives outside the Department of Chemical Engineering. Students have taken courses in biochemistry, immunology, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology, materials science, advanced mathematics electives, wastewater treatment, organizational leadership, science writing and grantsmanship, and other areas.

A faculty of dedicated teachers and innovators

Tennessee Tech chemical engineering faculty are at the leading edge of research and teaching innovation in chemical engineering. Professor Pedro Arce, for example, spearheads interdisciplinary cooperation to develop state-of-the-art technologies that can be used to produce clean energy from wastewater and eliminate resilient contamination from water. Professor Arce has received numerous awards including an outstanding teaching award from the American Society of Engineering Education, Southeast.

Professor J. Robby Sanders directs the Biomolecular Medicine Laboratory at TTU that focuses on the use of bioassays for clinical diagnostics, environmental diagnostics and proteomics, and innovative wound healing models.

Promising career prospects

Chemical engineering jobs are expected to grow by 4 percent between 2012 and 2022, with a median wage of approximately $95,000.

A top ranking university

Tennessee Technological University is one of the top-ranking universities in Tennessee and in the region. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Tennessee Technological University among the top region universities in the South and among the top public universities. "The Princeton Review" also ranks Tennessee Tech among the best in the southeast.

Tennessee Technological University has also been widely recognized for its affordability and its military and vet-friendly programs. "U.S. News and World Report" lists TTU as one that leave graduates with the least debt in the south and as one of the top 20 military-friendly schools. BestValueSchools ranks Tennessee Tech among the top 20 best value colleges in Tennessee. G.I. Jobs magazine recognizes Tennessee Technological University as a military-friendly university.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University, midway between Nashville and Knoxville is located in Cookeville, TN, among lakes and national state parks. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. Tennessee Tech has highly ranked online programs, with its online MBA ranking number 65 in the country.

Location & Contact

Department of Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering
Tennessee Technological University

North Dixie Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38505
United States

Dr. Pedro Arce


Phone: 931-372-3297
Fax: 931-372-6372

Mrs. Shelia Kendrick

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Phone: 931-372-3808
Fax: 931-372-3497

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemical Engineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 6
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 20
    • Accepted 11
    • Acceptance Rate 55
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 550 paper-based; 79 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 5.5), PTE (minimum score 53), or TOEIC (Test of English as an International Communication)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students16
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Full-time Percentage25%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian31%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown or International Student62%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty8
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage100%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiochemical conversion, insulation, fuel reprocessing
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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