Graduate Programs

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Engineering

OUR PROGRAMS


The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Iowa State offers three graduate degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MS), and the non-thesis degree Master of Engineering (MEngr). Click an image below to explore the degree program you desire.

100% of PhD students funded

4.5 years on average to completion
70+ graduate students

CBE Department Learning Goals


  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of study.
  2. Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.
  3. Conduct quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  4. Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  5. Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing.
  6. Conduct independent scholarship in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.

 

 

 

Professor Jackie Shanks interacts with grad students

 

RESEARCH AREAS


Iowa State conducts research in six general areas of chemical and biological engineering. If you are not sure which area is best for you, learn what research our faculty are doing.

Worldwide Recruitment


Iowa State chemical engineering graduate programs have attracted students from more than 100 universities throughout the United States and around the world. Many have recognized the leading chemical engineering research and land-grant philosophy Iowa State breeds. These ideals encourage practical approaches to chemical engineering problems and the sharing of knowledge among other U.S. states and countries around the world. In fact, Iowa State University was one of the first institutions founded on these ideals.

Grad Student Map

Sample of universities
ChE graduate students
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graduate students just move
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Carnegie-Mellon University
Colorado School of Mines
Georgia Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan Technological University
Northwestern University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University
University of California, Davis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Pennsylvania
University of Wisconsin, MadisonInternational (Countries)
Australia
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China
Colombia
Germany
India
Japan
Mexico
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turkey
Ukraine
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Louisiana
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Ohio
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Note From The Department Chair

Andy HillierThe department continues to advance its mission of providing the highest quality chemical engineering education while pursuing innovative and impactful research and service to society. Based on our enrollment numbers, we continue to be a major destination of choice for chemical engineering students. Our students continue to be highly successful and sought after by companies, universities, and national laboratories. Our research efforts continue to be accompanied by high-impact scholarship, technical innovation, and extramural funding, which this year totaled $9.2 million.

Go Cyclones,
Andrew C. Hillier
Professor and Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair

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