Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs seek to provide cutting-edge training in chemical engineering research areas including biotechnology, catalysis, electrochemistry, energy and the environment, polymers, and separations.

Jennifer West with a student in a chemical engineering lab

Our Graduate Programs

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

    Our Ph.D. students  experience close interaction with faculty members, work in excellent research facilities, and participate in multidisciplinary research centers across Grounds.

  • M.E. In Chemical Engineering

    Interested in a master's degree in Chemical Engineering? Explore our M.E. program, offered through Virginia Engineering Online.

Resources for Current Students

  • UVA Engineering Graduate Student Resources

    Explore our resources for graduate students, including professional development support and ways to get involved at UVA Engineering.

  • Academic Planning

    Find timelines, forms and guidance for completing your degree on schedule.

  • Resources for CHE Grad Students

    Find information for new graduate students, program requirements and the graduate student handbook.

Chemical engineering graduate student seated at the Rotunda, with white columns in the background

The UVA Chemical Engineering Experience

Excellent and caring faculty, difference-making research in critical areas and career development opportunities are just part of our story.

Why Choose a Graduate Degree from UVA Chemical Engineering?

We are a community of faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working together to solve important, emerging challenges in medicine, energy, environmental science and more. And, we’re like a family here. We love our faculty and student get-togethers, from our summer student seminar series to happy hours and trivia nights, adventures to local attractions or our annual holiday dinner.

Students experience close interaction with faculty members, work in excellent research facilities, and participate in multidisciplinary research centers across Grounds. Nearly 90% of the roughly 70 students in our graduate program are pursuing a Ph.D. All students accepted into our doctoral program may expect to receive financial support as long as they maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Additional students participate in the distance learning Masters of Engineering program, Virginia Engineering Online (VEO). Our graduates go on to pursue a diverse range of successful careers in both industry and academia.

ChE faculty have won numerous awards including National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, National Young Investigator Awards, ASEE Teaching Awards and the UVA President's Prize for Research. Our faculty strive to follow the Jeffersonian principle of excellence in education coupled to strong faculty-student interaction. We maintain a high faculty/student ratio and operate an open-door policy for faculty offices whereby students are free to stop in to discuss their research, science, careers or life in general.

Learn Why Our Students Chose UVA

Get to know current graduate students and find out why they love UVA Chemical Engineering.

Graduate Program Contacts

Gary Koenig

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Program Director

We are interested in the tailored synthesis of new materials at multiple length scales. At the molecular scale, the physical properties of materials are largely dependent on the stoichiometry and stable structures that can be formed. 


Sam Caneda

Student Services Generalist