Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering

What a degree in polymer science means

You will acquire knowledge through coursework, seminars, close interactions with faculty members, and primarily through conducting world-class polymer research. With a diverse faculty and research emphases, students have several fields of study from which to choose. In all cases, you will learn to approach and execute a research program in order to advance current understanding and future technology.

How to apply

Admission to the School of Polymer Science and Engineering is extremely competitive and limited. Given the inherent diversity of our School, we recruit students from a variety of disciplines. Typical backgrounds include chemistry and biochemistry, biology, polymer science or engineering, plastics engineering, physics, chemical engineering, and mathematics.

Admission is granted typically for the Fall term, although Spring admission is possible. For full consideration for the Fall semester, applicants are encouraged to submit their full package through Graduate School portal by January 15. A description of the application package and the eligibility criteria is provided below along with additional information about the graduate curriculum.  

For more information, please contact us!

Graduate Recruiting Contact:
Prof. Yoan Simon; 601-266-4868;




Eligibility criteria

A masters degree is not required to apply to our Ph.D. program. Application criteria and recommended backgrounds of potential students are listed below. If your background does not exactly match what is recommended, do not worry! Contact the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi and we will look at all individual situations.

Graduate Recruiting Contact:
Prof. Yoan Simon; 601-266-4868;

Recommended Background:

At least two semesters of

  • Organic Chemistry and Labs
  • Calculus
  • Calculus Based Physics with Labs

and one or more semesters of

  • Physical Chemistry or related coursework

Experience in a research lab (academic or industrial) is preferred but not required.

Required Materials

  • Graduate School Application and application fee
  • Transcripts/GPA
  • GRE scores (standard test, not subject area)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Program Requirements

Specific details of the admission and program requirements are outlined in a separate handbook provided by the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Click here to access the Handbook of the Polymer Science and Engineering Graduate Program.

Typical First Year Graduate Core Curriculum

Fall Semester

701. Organic Polymer Chemistry I (3 hrs)

702. Organic Polymer Chemistry II (3 hrs)

710. Polymer Physical Chemistry I: Solution Properties (3 hrs)

720, Polymer Techniques I (2 hrs)

745. Mechanics (2 hrs)730. Polymer Rheology (2 hrs)

789. Polymer Science Seminar (1 hrs)

Spring Semester

703. Organic Polymer Chemistry III (3 hrs)

711. Polymer Physical Chemistry II: Characterization (3 hrs)

712. Polymer Physical Chemistry III: Solid State (3 hrs)

721. Polymer Techniques II (2 hrs)

730. Polymer Rheology (2 hrs)

789. Polymer Science Seminar (1 hrs)