About the Graduate Program
Since its founding in 1901, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been known around the world for outstanding education and training. Consistently recognized among the top Chemical and Biomolecular programs in the country, the graduate program was ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
The average annual salary for Illinois students with a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering seeking jobs in industry and government was $99,596, as of 2014-2015.
Numerous legendary engineering scholars and leaders in both academia and industry are among our graduate alumni. Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric, member of the National Academy of Engineering), the late Arnold O. Beckman (founder of Beckman Instruments, and the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation, member of the NAE), Sheldon Friedlander (faculty at UCLA, member of NAE), John Anderson (former dean at Carnegie Melon and president of Illinois Institute of Technology, member of NAE), Bill Banholzer (former chief technology officer of Dow Chemical Company, member of NAE) and the late L. Jack Thomas (former vice president at Kodak, member of NAE) are just a few examples.