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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Admissions

Key Dates

Online applications can be accessed through the Graduate College website.

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their complete applications by December 15, 2019. The final deadline is December 31, 2019. Applications that are incomplete after that date will not be considered.

*Note: The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering does not admit students into the program with the intention of earning a terminal Master’s degree; however, students who have met the requirements may obtain a Master’s degree as a milestone on the path to completing their Ph.D. degree.

Applying to the Ph.D. program

Students applying to the Ph.D. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, an exceptional academic record, strong GRE test scores and three recommendation letters. International students are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Preferred applicants possess a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (4.0 is A).

Outstanding students with degrees in areas other than Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (such as Chemistry, Materials Science, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Engineering) are welcome to apply. Such students will be required to take additional courses as determined by the graduate program committee in order to prepare students for qualifying exams.

We seek to recruit a diverse group of highly-motivated graduate students; underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply. The university offers several diversity programs, including the Sloan Scholars program for doctoral students from underrepresented groups, which provides excellent mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Admission Procedure

1. Prospective graduate students apply to our program through the University of Illinois Graduate College website. On the Graduate Admissions page you will be asked to create an application account and fill out an electronic application. Please review the application instructions before contacting the department with general application questions.

2. Pay the application fee online to the Graduate College.

If eligible, request an 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. International applicants are not eligible for waivers.

*Between September 16, 2019, and January 15, 2020, the Grainger College of Engineering is offering an application fee waiver to domestic applicants who apply to a Grainger Engineering PhD program and who hold a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree. Qualified applicants must select the option “Are you applying for the 3.5 GPA or higher app fee waiver?” from the dropdown box in the “Fee Section” of the online admission application. Applicants must meet the admission requirements to enter the department’s PhD program in order to receive the application fee waiver. Applicants who have questions may contact Rhonda McElroy, Executive Director of Graduate Programs, at rmcelroy@illinois.edu.

3. Obtain three recommendation letters. Forms and instructions for submission are on the Graduate College website.

4. Request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official GRE test scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Admissions and Records, using the University of Illinois’ institution code number 1836. Department codes are not necessary for our school; you can fill in any number or leave it blank. As long as the institution code is correct, all departments to which you apply will be provided access to your test scores.

5. Upload unofficial transcripts to the Graduate College’s online application system. Upon acceptance, students should request their official transcripts be sent to the Graduate College before they begin the program.

For international students:

6. For all applicants whose native language is not English, please request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your official TOEFL score to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The institution code is 1836. Department codes are not necessary for our school; you can fill in any number or leave it blank. As long as the institution code is correct, all departments to which you apply will be provided access to your test scores.

7. After you are accepted in our program, you may need to provide a Declaration and Certification of Finances form for your visa application through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Office of the Graduate College’s Admissions Office.

8. All students will be required to teach three to four semesters as teaching assistants. If the Spoken English section of your TOEFL score is 23 or below, you are urged to retake this test prior to joining our program to meet the maximum score for teaching requirement.

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