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Graduate Admission Requirements

We offer the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in Chemical Engineering.  Students can apply directly for the Ph.D. degree without already having an M.S. degree.  There is a special Master of Science in Chemical Engineering curriculum available for students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, biology, or a similar area.  Students who have their degree in an area other than chemical engineering will likely have to take additional courses besides those listed in the curriculum.  Research under the regular degrees and the special degree can be within any of the areas our faculty work in as listed on their web pages. 

Most of the students accepted into our program work as a graduate research assistant and are paid a substantially stipend.  Stipends for a graduate research assistantship typically range from $14,000 to $26,000 per year, depending on the area of the student’s bachelor degree and project funds.  In addition to the stipend, students admitted with a research assistantship also receive substantial tuition waivers and a waiver of the basic health insurance.  The tuition wavier is for all courses that apply toward the degree.  With a research assistantship plus the waivers, you would be provided a support package of $23,000 to $38,000 per year.  Cost of enrollment tuition and fees beyond the waivers is around $5,000 per year for a non-Oklahoma Resident or an international student.  Students who have their own fellowships or scholarships are also encouraged to consider our graduate program.

Any student who has earned an undergraduate degree or the equivalent from an accredited school and earned at least a 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) or the equivalent over the last sixty hours of letter-graded undergraduate work may be considered for admission in full standing.  Since not all schools use the 4.0 scale, a general guide is that the student should be within the top two levels of grades for their university.  We will be looking at applications of students who have high grades, high TOEFL score, and excellent recommendations.  Minimum requirements on the TOEFL are included below.  If you meet these qualifications, we encourage you to complete and return our application materials.

Deadlines and Numbers Admitted

If you want to apply for the Fall 2014 semester that begins in August, 2014, it is best to have your materials to us by late January and no later than February 15.  There is not a deadline for U.S. applications, though these should be sent as early as possible.  The university deadline for International applications for the Fall semester is April 1.  Applications for our program will continue to be received and processed after that date.  Applications received after then will put the materials into the large group that the Admissions office receives at that time and is likely to delay the university materials reaching us for best consideration of your application.  Our department will continue to accept applications into the summer.  Though most selections are made by late-May, we sometimes have an additional position become available to fill later in the summer.  We typically admit 12 to 15 students for admissions out of the 55 to 70 completed M.S. and Ph.D. applications.  We typically admit 1 to 3 students for the Spring semester.

Application Process

Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, the application systems for graduate studies are combined into one on-line application.  Items needed by both the university and the department will be submitted there.  The application can be started and returned to later for completion.

The application includes a place to list the names, titles, and e-mail addresses of 3 people who will be preparing letters of reference for you.  The system will allow these 3 people to reply and send he references on-line and attach additional pages.  Please indicate your research interests in the area included.  There is also a place on the form to indicate if you are requesting financial assistance.  A Resume and/or Statement of Purpose can be sent and are also good opportunities in which to include more information about your experience and your motivation.  Both are helpful in evaluating your application.  Questions about the university application materials can be answered through the links provided. 

 Please have ready the information needed for the on-line application:

Items in the application:


          (1)  University application form, which will also be sent to the department,

          (2)  University application fee, to be paid by credit card,

          (3)  Copies of Official transcripts, and degree certificates if you have completed the degree(s), from each college or university attended, or currently attending should be uploaded into the application system.

     Includes the place for RECOMMENDATIONS and system will send to department:

          (4)  Include the names of 3 people plus their title, university and/or organization, department and/or division, e-mail address and phone number.  System will contact each person directly to complete the recommendation form on-line and attachments can be added.


          (4) Financial information to fill in the Confidential Financial Statement portion of the application.

          (5) TOEFL score or acceptable substitutes.  Instruction will be given on how to have an official report from ETS of the TOEFL score sent to the university, including section scores.

          (6) Copy of name page from your passport. 

Information about how to apply and the new place to apply on-line, both to the university and the department, is at  Be sure to click on the “Submit” button at the end of the application form or it will not be entered into the system. 

The university application does require an application fee and this must be paid by credit card when doing the on-line university application form.  The university on-line application will not be entered into the admissions system if the fee is not paid at the time it is submitted.  The current application fee for US citizens is $50 and for international students it is $100.  If the fee is not being paid by credit card, there are instructions on the web pages for an alternate method to send in the forms and fee. 

The uploaded transcripts and certificates will serve as an unofficial copy while your application is reviewed and an admissions decision is made.  Then, if you are admitted, you will need to send the official, hard copies of your transcripts and certificates.  Paper materials to be added to the applications can be scanned and added to the on-line application.  Or original documents can be sent to our department office at CBME Graduate Program, University of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd, T-301, Norman OK  73019, USA.  These include:  paper applications, passport page, transcripts, paper Confidential Financial Statement, Statement of Purpose, vita or resume, and other supporting paper documents.  Those items needed by the Graduate Admissions/Graduate College will be forwarded to them. 

Letters of Recommendation

The system includes a place to list three people who will be sending recommendations for you.  You will need to provide their title, university and/or organization, department and/or division, e-mail address and phone number.  The system will contact them directly and provide an on-line form to fill in and return to the university.  The system also provides a way for them to include a letter, should they want to add one.  It is best if these are from someone who has been a supervisor for you in some way.  It should also include at least one name from your most recent position.  These people should be contact before you give their names to get their permission to list them as recommenders. 

TOEFL Test and Scores

For international students, please note that the department minimum requested TOEFL score requirement is 100 on the TOEFL iBT internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, and 600 on the paper-based test.  The university minimum score is 79 on the iBT internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test and 550 on the paper-based test.  We occasionally will consider an application with a score slightly below the department minimum and above the university minimum if the grades are high, the student is from an excellent university, or they have significant research experience.  The university code for the TOEFL is 6879 and the department code is 1001.  Please include total score, section scores and subsection scores.  An official report of the TOEFL score should be sent directly to the Graduate College Office.  Further information about the TOEFL is on the Graduate College web site.  We are sometimes asked to waive or defer the TOEFL, the only substitution for the TOEFL is the IELTS score (minimum 6.5) or if the student has obtained or will obtain a degree from a U.S. university. 

GRE Test and Scores

The GRE is not required but is strongly recommended.  If you have taken the exam we would like to receive the scores, including percentages.  There is not a minimum score for the GRE.  However, students with high GRE scores are likely to be considered for admission before students with low GRE scores.  The university code for the GRE is 6879 and the department code is 1001.

Interest in Bioengineering Research

 Students who want to study in the area of bioengineering can apply either to the CBME graduate program and do research in the bioengineering area or they can apply to our affiliated program with the University of Oklahoma Bioengineering Center and do research in bioengineering.  Information about that program is available on the web pages at  While the two programs are separate departments, the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering is also part of the Bioengineering Center and some faculty work in both programs

Pre-screening for admission

Sometimes applicants ask if we can look at a student’s qualifications and tell if they would be admitted to our program.  While we can determine is a student qualifies to apply, even if the student meets the minimum requirements it is not possible to tell ahead of time if a particular student would be admitted.  Who is admitted depends upon on several factors such as the projects that have openings for that semester, the number of positions we have available in those projects, and how good the qualifications are of the other students who apply.  International students without a chemical engineering degree and a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale will not qualify.  Also, note that we cannot waive or defer the university application fee.

 If you need additional information or have other questions, please contact me or the appropriate office listed in the web pages.

Donna King, Graduate Program and Staff Assistant,,
Phone:  405-325-5812,   Fax:  405-325-5813

School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, University of Oklahoma
100 E. Boyd, Room T-301, Norman, OK  73019-1004   USA