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Graduate Students

The University of Washington is the largest university in the northwestern United States, the highest ranked public university on Reuters’ World’s Most Innovative Universities list, and #16 in the world on the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The UW ChemE department offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S) degrees in chemical engineering. Graduate students collaborate with our world-class faculty members, whose interests span many fields.

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Ph.D. Degree Program »

Learn about the opportunities and advantages to earning a degree at UW.

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M.S. Degree Program »

Explore our research- and data science-focused master’s programs, their requirements, and advantages.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in ChemE

We’re working hard to cultivate an environment that's inclusive and equitable. Among other actions, we use community-vetted rubrics for hiring and admissions decisions, facilitate trainings to reduce discrimination and harassment, and support the nation’s first chapter of Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE). GRE scores are not required and not factored into admission decisions. Learn more about our efforts and approach to improving DEI.

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The Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES) is a registered student organization (RSO) dedicated to improving the lives and impact of graduate students in the UW ChemE department. ACES works to provide opportunities for professional development and outreach outside of those typically encountered by graduate students.

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Women in Chemical Engineering »

Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) educates, empowers, and advocates for women in chemical engineering, and their supporters, by providing a safe and open space for dialogue, mentorship, collaboration, camaraderie, and skill building through professional development, community networking, and outreach to primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions.


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