Graduate Admissions

Students with a strong academic background and a serious interest in scientific research are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program. Students with undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines or the sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, mathematics) are frequently accepted and thus also encouraged to apply. (In such cases, additional undergraduate courses in chemical engineering are normally required to make up deficiencies.) The Department seeks to recruit the most talented students to its graduate program. Highly qualified undergraduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

There is no fee to apply for the PhD program. There is a $50 fee to apply to the MS program, although enrollment in our MS program is limited mostly to part-time students who pay tuition on a per-credit basis. Full financial aid (tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance) is given to all students enrolled in the doctoral program.

A completed application consists of:

  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) transcripts
  • Unofficial GRE scores*
  • Unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants*

Applications for the fall semester should be received by December 31st, if at all possible. Although we encourage applicants to adhere to these deadlines, applications that are received after the deadlines will be considered as long as admission slots are unfilled.

Prospective applicants with any questions should review the FAQ page ( and write to the Graduate Coordinator with any remaining questions.

*Test scores will be waived for those who are unable to take the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The TOEFL/IELTS examination is required for all international students, regardless of the language of instruction.