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Graduate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions:

  1. When do I register for courses?
  2. How many course credits can I transfer in?
  3. As a full-time graduate student, am I allowed to have an outside source of employment?
  4. Is there a parental leave policy?
  5. Whom should I contact if I have an issue?

Ph.D. Students (Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology Engineering):

  1. When and how do I select my research advisor?
  2. If I already have a Master's degree, do I have to take all 4 of the required core courses?
  3. What courses should I register for (and when)?
  4. How many graduate elective courses do I need to take?
  5. Can I take additional classes that I am personally interested in?
  6. How many total thesis credits do I need to take?
  7. Do I need to register for the Departmental Seminar course every semester?
  8. Do I need to register as a RA or TA every semester?
  9. If I am not a U.S. citizen, how should I register in order to satisfy my student visa requirements?
  10. How many times will I have to serve as a TA?
  11. When will I typically serve as a TA, and when will I be notified that I will be a TA?
  12. When do I take the Ph.D. qualifying exam?
  13. When do I need to form my thesis committee?
  14. When do I need to submit and present my thesis proposal?
  15. How many thesis committee meetings do I need to have in order to graduate?
  16. Am I allowed to take a paid summer internship?

M.S. Students (CHE, Chemical Engineering):

  1. I am in the thesis track. When and how do I select my research advisor?
  2. Do I need to register for the Departmental Seminar course every semester?
  3. Can I serve as a TA for a course?
  4. Can I receive a stipend for performing my thesis research?
  5. If I am in the M.S. with thesis track, how many total thesis credits do I need to complete?
  6. If I am currently in the M.S. non-thesis track, can I still do research?
  7. If I am currently in the M.S. non-thesis track, can I switch into the M.S. with thesis track?
  8. Can I switch into the Ph.D. program?

M.S. Students (BIOE, Bioengineering: Cell and Bioprocess Engineering):

  1. I am in the thesis track. When and how do I select my research advisor?
  2. Do I need to register for the ChBE Departmental Seminar course?
  3. Can I serve as a TA for a course?
  4. Can I receive a stipend for performing my thesis research?
  5. Where can I get information on the courses approved for breadth elective?
  6. If I am currently in the M.S. non-thesis track, can I switch into the M.S. with thesis track?
  7. Can I switch to another track within the BIOE program?
  8. Whom can I contact to learn more about the other tracks in the program?