The Cockrell School of Engineering, the university’s Graduate School and the Chemical Engineering department collaborate to administer chemical engineering graduate applications. The department’s Graduate Studies Committee reviews applications holistically, considering all information supplied, to determine admission decisions. We receive many more applications than we have slots for admission.


Students with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree usually fulfill requirements for consideration for admission.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, such as chemistry, physics, other engineering sciences, and natural sciences, must have a background the department considers satisfactory for the study of advanced chemical engineering. A strong background will have had courses in math (including calculus and differential equations), vector physics, and ideally some courses that cover the topics of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and chemical kinetics.

The minimum GPA for graduate admissions is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (International Grade Point Averages will be converted by Graduate Admissions). Here are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores and other admissions requirements.

Apart from the requirements above, the department has no set criteria for admission. Applications are viewed holistically based on GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, GPA, research experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statements.  We view each of these categories as important and the admission committee ranks applications according to these metrics.

Directions to apply online are here.

Finding Faculty Supervisors

Applicants do not need to contact a faculty member before applying for fall admission. Research supervisors are not selected until after students start in the fall. Applicants are asked to list their areas of interest in the application, and admitted students have the opportunity to speak with faculty supervisors about their research interests before accepting admissions offers.

Masters Degrees

The department does not admit students to complete terminal masters degrees. This is a PhD program only. Students may commence the program without first obtaining a master’s degree.

Transfer Students

The department does not accept transfer graduate students.  All interested students must apply following the same application process as an incoming student.