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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.
  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 official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work to be sent directly to the department (see address below).
  5. Send a copy of your Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores to our department (see mailing address below, email ChBE-GradRecruitingatIllinois [dot] edu or fax 217/333-5052), AND 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.

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. 

Please use the following address for official transcripts, copies of GRE, TOEFL test scores, and letters of recommendation (if not sent electronically):

Graduate Program Secretary
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Illinois
209 Roger Adams Laboratory, Box C-3
600 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801-3602

For admission starting the spring semester, all materials must be received by September 15, 2014 for January 2015 enrollment. 

For admission starting the fall 2015 semester, all materials will be accepted beginning August 1 and must be received by December 31, 2014 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.