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Graduate Admissions

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission Requirements

For admission to graduate study in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Illinois, a B.S. degree with a minimum grade average of B is required. Note, however, that students accepted into our program typically have an average much higher than a B. Outstanding students with degrees in areas other than Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (including Chemistry, Materials Science, Bioengineering, and Computer Science) are also welcome to apply. Such students may be required to take a few additional courses, as determined by the graduate program committee, in order to help them prepare for the qualifying exam (students in the Ph.D. program) or for the bioinformatics core courses (students in the M.S. in Bioinformatics program).

Admission Procedure

  1. Visit the Graduate College of the University of Illinois application, where you will be asked to create a PIN and password. Next you will be asked to fill out a number of forms electronically regarding personal information, educational history, etc. Before sending us emails, please reference the Application Instructions. DO NOT SEND A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION BY REGULAR MAIL.
  2. Pay the application fee online via credit card at the above web site. If eligible, request application fee waiver through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s FreeApp program. The program is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at CIC universities, including the University of Illinois.
  3. Get recommendation letters from three references. Forms and instructions for submission are available at the above web site after you log in. If not submitted electronically, have these letters sent directly to our department (see address below).
  4. Request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official GRE test scores to University of Illinois, UC Office of Admissions and Records, using the University of Illinois' institution code number 1836 and program office code 00.
  5. Applicants should provide unofficial transcripts (just upload them into the online system). However, students who are accepted and plan to enroll in the program will need to provide official transcripts to the university before beginning in August.

In addition for international students:

  1. For all applicants whose native language is not English, please send a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to our department (see address below) and request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official TOEFL score to the University of Illinois, UC, using the University of Illinois' institution code number 1836 and program office code 00.
  2. After you are accepted in our program, we will need a Declaration and Certification of Finances form, since this is needed for your visa application. 

For admission starting the fall 2016 semester, all materials will be accepted beginning August 1, 2015, and must be received by December 31, 2015, to ensure full consideration for admission to our program and for any University of Illinois fellowship awards. Late applications may not receive full consideration.

To receive information about the Graduate Program in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, please fill out this form.