Ph.D. in Engineering - Biochemical Emphasis


Program Description

Admission to School of CMB Graduate Programs

In addition to College of Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. requirements, the School of CMB has the following admission guidance and requirements:

  • Consideration is given particularly to the following components of the application: GRE and other test scores, undergraduate Grade Point Average, the student’s Statement of Purpose (SOP), and letters of recommendation.
  • Quality students who have completed a B.S. degree in a non-engineering field such as Physics, Chemistry or Biology and who have completed mathematics through differential equations will be considered for admission to the School’s graduate program. These students typically are required to complete 3-4 additional engineering courses at the onset of their graduate education which will be determined by the School Curriculum Committee in coordination with the College Graduate Admissions and Advisory Committee.
  • Change of major from M.S. to Ph.D.: a) each GRE score must be at least 150 (verbal and quantitative), b) Ph.D. entrance requirements must be met, c) adequate progress in the M.S. must be demonstrated, d) the undergrad GPA must be at least 3.0 (or its equivalent), and e) a compelling case for the change must be given.


Minimum requirement – 72 credit hours (minimum of 32 credit hours course work; minimum of 40 credit hours research and dissertation)


Required Courses (10 credit hours)

  • ENGR 6910: Foundations for Engineering Research (3 credit hours)
  • BCHE 8970: Bioengineering Seminar (4 semesters, 4 credit hours)*
  • ENGR 8103: Computational Engineering (3 credit hours)

Required Course - choose any three of the following (9 credit hours)

  • BCHE 8150: Heterogeneous Reactor Design and Bio/Catalysis (3 credit hours)
  • CVLE (MCHE) 8160: Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • CVLE (MCHE) 8170: Advanced Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
  • ENGR 8180: Advanced Mass Transport (3 credit hours)
  • BCHE 8210: Fermentation Engineering Laboratory (3 credit hours)

Electives (13 credit hours)

Minimum of 13 additional credit hours of course work selected with the approval of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. At least 1 hour must be 8000-level or above, and at least 3 h must be courses offered by the College of Engineering. The University requires that students who are accepted to the Ph.D. program directly from a B.S. degree or who switch to the Ph.D. program before earning an M.S. degree must complete an additional 4 semester hours of University of Georgia courses open only to graduate students.

Research and Dissertation (40 credit hours)

  • A minimum of 37 hours of Doctoral Research (ENGR 9000) or Project-Focused Doctoral Research (ENGR9010). Typically, students complete more than 37 credit hours with the approval of the Graduate Advisory Committee.
  • 3 hours of Ph.D. Dissertation (9300) is required on the Plan of Study.

* Only 3 hours of Bioengineering Seminar may apply on the Program of Study. Individual Programs or Schools may require students to enroll for additional semesters. Students are strongly encouraged to continue regular attendance of speaker series presentations even if not formally registered in the seminar.

In addition to Graduate School requirements and College of Engineering requirements, the School of Chemical, Materials and Biological Engineering has the following doctoral program requirements:

  • All Ph.D. programs offered by the School of CMB Engineering have a minimum course requirement of 32 credit hours after the B.S. Additional credit hours are required for research and dissertation completion as provided by the University policies.
  • Ph.D. students should form their Graduate Advisory Committee comprised of 5 faculty members within 18 months of starting their Ph.D. program. At least one, but no more than two faculty members on the Advisory Committee must have an appointment exclusively outside the College of Engineering.
  • A student must pass written qualifying and oral comprehensive exams before completing and orally defending a dissertation. The written qualifying exam will be administered by the school. The oral comprehensive exam will follow the Graduate School Requirements.
  • Ph.D. students are expected to be admitted to candidacy within 24 months of starting their Ph.D. program.
  • Student must make two oral presentations in the School Seminar Series advertised to the UGA scientific and engineering community.
  • The student’s dissertation research is expected to generate significant scholarship (such as publications, patents, conference presentations).
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