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ADMISSION INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
(Both outside and inside the U.S.)
We welcome you to our graduate program web site. Below is the information needed about our program and the application process. Application materials for an International student are different than those for a U.S. citizen because of English proficiency requirements and other documentation, so please look them over below. Afterwards if you have not already submitted your on-line application, please take a moment to fill it in.
Of particular interest to most applicants is the financial package and availability of housing. Information on both is provided on these web pages. Students who have their own support, often from a fellowship, government scholarship or company sponsorship, are also encouraged to apply. A description of our department and research areas is also in this area of our web pages and we invite you to visit there.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND TUITION WAIVERS
We have an excellent financial assistance that is available for most Chemical Engineering students. Research assistantships, and fellowships usually are $28,000 per year. Students with a non-chemical engineering degree need very high TOEFL or IELTS, very good grades from a highly rated university and their degree does need to be similar to chemical engineering. If admitted, upon completion of the undergraduate portion of their education the support is usually raised to the same as other Chemical Engineering students.
Most of the assistantships include a monthly stipend PLUS waiver of tuition for the hours applicable toward the degree, PLUS wavier of the basic health insurance cost. This waiver is for all the hours for the degree, whether M.S. or Ph.D. A student is automatically considered for financial assistance if they indicated this on the application form in the place indicated in the application system. Not all students admitted may receive financial assistance.
When comparing offers from various schools, look at the complete package. Our offer package includes a stipend plus both waivers. Other schools may offer a higher stipend amount but students often have to also pay tuition and/or health insurance coverage from that stipend, which leaves less to live on than our package provides. Cost of living is quite reasonable in Norman and numerous apartments are available within walking distance of the campus, including university apartment complexes.
Our tuition costs are figured per credit hour of registration for each semester and based on a resident and nonresident system. Each course is for a certain number of credit hours. Oklahoma residents pay the resident portion of tuition plus fees and expenses. Non-residents pay both the resident and non-resident portion of tuition plus fees and expenses. For example, a first-year non-resident graduate student with typically enrolment would have tuition, fees and costs of around $20,900. This does not include food, housing, and transportation. A full list of the tuition costs and fees is available at the Bursar’s Office web page at http://www.ou.edu/bursar.html.
Waivers for tuition and waiver of the basic health care cost for a first-year non-resident graduate student taking the typical enrollment of 17 credit hours during the year would be around $15,000. Waivers cover the hours taken that apply toward their degree, both resident and non-resident, plus the basic health care coverage. Expenses a non-resident graduate student typically pays for not covered by the tuition and health care waivers for would include other enrollment fees, books, and parking permit fees. These typically are around $5,800 for the year (not including housing).
More information about the tuition waivers is available on the Graduate College web pages at http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/funding and information about the health insurance waiver is available through the Office of Human Resources web page at http://hr.ou.edu/studenthealth/NormanStudentHealth.asp. The tuition, fees, waivers and regulations are set by the Board of Regents rather than the department or Graduate College.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION
Grade Point Level
Students applying to our graduate program should have or soon have a degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemical Technology. Students usually apply during their senior year if coming in with a bachelor’s degree. Students coming in with a Master’s degree usually apply the semester before or the semester of their defense. Students with a degree in a very similar scientific area such as Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, or Materials Science may be considered for admission if the grades are high, the degree is from a highly ranked university and English proficiency test scores are high. If the area is not very similar to Chemical Engineering the application is not likely to be considered for admission. We will receive many good applicants with Chemical Engineering degrees that will be looked at first, so a degree that is not similar will be looked at last, probably after all positions have already been filled.
Students with a degree in Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering may want to also look into the graduate program offered by another department the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering.
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) over the last sixty hours of letter-graded undergraduate work may be considered for admission in full standing. Students with a Master’s degree should also have at least a 3.00 grade point average over their full degree program. The scale used is 4.00 = A, 3.00 = B, 2.00 = C, 1.00 = D, and below 1.00 = F. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above have a better chance of being selected.
We know that some international schools do not use this scale, so a general guide is that a student who is in the top level of grades in their school can send in their application. An official transcript in English is required by the Graduate Admissions Office and they will review and evaluate the transcript. They use a system for conversion used by many US universities. This evaluation will be sent to the department along with the transcript and university application materials for our review and consideration.
English Language Test Requirement
The TOEFL test is a required item for students for whom English is a second language. An official copy of the score is required by the Graduate Admissions Office. The department requested minimum for the TOEFL is 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 250 on the computer-based, and 600 on the paper-based tests. We will not consider an application if the score is less than the university minimum of 79 on the iBT, 213 on the computer based, and 550 on the paper-based tests. We will consider a score of between 99 and 79 but there is lower chance of being selected.
Accepted alternates for the TOEFL score are the IELTS exam or a U.S. degree. International students who have completed or will be completing a U.S. degree can substitute that for the TOEFL. This should be noted on the university application. The University also accepts the IELTS score as a replacement for the TOEFL. A score of 7.0 is considered equivalent to the TOEFL 600 and is our department minimum requirement. The university minimum is 6.5. An official copy of the score is required by the Graduate Admissions office and should include subsection scores also.
More information about the TOEFL and IELTS requirements and other substitutes are given later. Codes for the university and department are also given there.
GRE Test, Scores, and Codes
The GRE is very strongly recommended, but is not required, and can be helpful to the application. If you have taken the exam we would like to receive the scores, including percentages. There is not a minimum score for the GRE. The university code for the GRE is 6879 and the department code is 1001.
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 very likely have to take additional courses besides those listed in the special 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.
MASTER OF SCIENCE
The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degree program can be readily completed in 2 years. A thesis is required.
Course work requirements for the M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering are:
3 Required Graduate-level Chemical Engineering Courses: 9 hours
(Advanced Thermodynamics, Graduate
Transport Phenomena, and Advanced Kinetics)
2 Graduate-level Chemical Engineering Electives 6 hours
2 Graduate-level Science, Math, or Engineering Electives 6 hours
Seminar in Chemical Engineering Research (1 hour/semester) 3-4 hours
Research Master’s Thesis Course Hours 6 hours
TOTAL 30-31 HOURS
A special curriculum for students with undergraduate degrees in a field such as chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering is available.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Nine hours of course work beyond the Master of Science are required for the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering to make a total of 90 post-baccalaureate hours. Research credit hours make up the balance of the 90 hours. The additional course work hours must include CH E 5523, Advanced Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering, plus two courses selected from advanced math, science, and engineering courses in consultation with the student's research supervisor. It is possible for a good student with a M.S. degree to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in a period of 3 years. For those entering with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, typical times to graduation is 4 to 5 years.
After being admitted to the Ph.D. graduate program, a student must pass a qualifying exam and a general exam before continuing in the program and being admitted as a candidate for this degree. The qualifying exam consists of written exams in (1) thermodynamics, (2) transport phenomena, and (3) kinetics and reaction engineering. The general examination involves writing a paper on the student's research project and an oral presentation on the written report. A dissertation is required.
Students who are interested in bioengineering or biomedical engineering can either apply for a degree in chemical engineering with research in bioengineering throughthe Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering through the University of Oklahoma Biomedical Engineering Center (SBME). SBME offers both Master’s and Doctoral degree programs and information about these are available at http://www.ou.edu/content/coe/biomedeng.html.
APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
The application materials required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and those required for International students are different because of English language testing requirements and U.S. visa requirements. It is important to follow the directions for your citizenship status. It is important that all of the required documents reach us. A missing document, especially a transcript or TOEFL score, can delay consideration of the application.
Application Deadlines and Numbers Admitted
If you want to apply for the Fall semester that begins in August, it is best to have your materials to us by late February and no later than March 15. The university deadline for International applications for the Fall semester is April 1. Most selections are made by late-May. We typically admit 8 to 12 students for Fall admissions.
Students who want to apply for the Spring semester that begins in January should apply by September 1. We typically admit 1 to 3 students for the Spring semester.
Department and university application systems for graduate studies are now 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. https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/
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 the references on-line and attach additional pages. Please indicate your research interests in the area included for that. There is also a place on the form to indicate if you are requesting financial assistance or an assistantship. If you are seeking financial assistance, be sure to indicate that on the application. A Resume and Statement of Purpose should be sent and are good opportunities in which to include more information about your experience, interests and your motivation and are helpful in evaluating your application. Questions about the university application materials can be answered through the links provided on the application web site.
Please have ready the following information needed for the on-line application:
Items in the application
REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
(1) University application form, which will also be sent to the department,
(2) University application fee, to be paid by credit card as part of the application,
(3) Copies of Official transcripts and degree certificates from each college or university you have attended and/or are currently attending should be uploaded into the application system, not just the most recent degree program.
(4) 3 Recommendations. Include the names of 3 people plus their title, university and/or organization, department and/or division, e-mail address and phone number. The system will contact each person directly to complete the recommendation form on-line and attachments can be added.
(5) GRE scores are recommended and there is a place for your Resume, Statement of Purpose, journal articles and additional information about your interest, abilities and qualifications.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ALSO NEED:
(4) Financial information to fill in the Confidential Financial Information portion of the application.
(5) TOEFL score or acceptable substitutes. When up loading your scores, please include all pages
including the section and subsection scores. Instruction will be given on how to have an official report from ETS of the TOEFL score sent to the university, including section and subsection scores.
(6) Copy of name page from your passport.
ABOUT APPLICATION MATERIALS
As indicated previously, the TOEFL test is a required item for students for whom English is a second language. An official copy of the score is required by the Graduate Admissions Office. The department requested minimum for the TOEFL is 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 250 on the computer-based, and 600 on the paper-based tests. We will not consider an application if the score is less than the university minimum of 79 on the iBT, 213 on the computer based, and 550 on the paper based tests. The department wants to see the total score plus the section and subsection scores. Applications with scores between the department minimum and the university minimum will be accepted but those applications will be considered after the ones with scores above the department minimum. Please include the total score plus the section and subsections scores. A TOEFL score more than 2 years old is not acceptable by the university. Questions about who should take the TOEFL that are not answered here should be directed to the Graduate Admissions office. The ETS university code is 6879 and the department code is 1001.
Accepted alternates for the TOEFL score are the IELTS exam or a U.S. degree. International students who have completed or will be completing a U.S. degree can substitute that for the TOEFL. This should be noted on the university application. The University also accepts the IELTS score as a replacement for the TOEFL. A score of 7.0 is considered equivalent to the TOEFL 600 and is our department minimum requirement. The university minimum is 6.5. An official copy of the score is required by the Graduate Admissions office and should include section scores also. As with the TOEFL, IELTS scores between the department minimum and the university minimum will be accepted but those applications will be considered after the ones with scores above the department minimum.
Letters of Recommendation
The system includes a place to list 3 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. If you have done research at a university our department looks for one of the recommendations to be from your supervising professor on that research. If this is not one of the recommendations, your application will be less likely to be approved. All 3 people should be contacted by you before using their names to get their permission to list them as recommenders. If letters of recommendation are sent to us as paper documents, the recommendations must be from the recommender and in sealed envelopes or if sent as an electronic file they should be sent from the recommenders directly instead of from the student.
GRE Test, Scores, and Codes
The GRE is very strongly recommended, especially for international applicants, but is not required. 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. Questions about the GRE can be sent to the department at email@example.com. The university code for the GRE is 6879 and the department code is 1001.
Additional materials should include a Resume or CV, Statement of Purpose, Research Abstract/s, Journal Article/s, and/or GRE scores. These can be attached or uploaded into the university application on-line.
Paper documents, including original transcript/s and recommendations should be sent directly to the CBME office. We will make photocopies of any university required forms and official transcripts and forward the originals to the Admissions Office. More specifics are included below. Our department office address is CBME, 100 E. Boyd, T-301, Sarkeys Energy Center, Norman, OK 73019-1004 USA.
About the Application and Transcripts
The official University of Oklahoma application can be found on the Graduate College web page. Instructions are within the application or on those web pages. Please contact the links provided if you have problems with the forms from the web pages. Certain parts must be completed for the application to be created and the application can be added to again later. The application for International citizens includes a section on Financial Information and must be completed. Questions about this section should be sent to the International Students Services office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An official copy of the transcript from the university and/or college you have attended is required by the Graduate Admission Office. It can be uploaded into the system. If you attended more than one university or college for your B.S. and/or M.S. degree, we want to see official transcripts from each university attended. The requirement of the Graduate Admissions office regarding what is an official transcript is as follows: If your transcript is issued by your university in a language other than English, they require the official, original language document as well as an official, or certified, English translation. Applicants from India: If your university issues mark-sheets, we require original and complete university mark-sheets. Consolidated mark-sheets are not acceptable. Applicants from Iran: to be considered official, your English translation and accompanying Persian document must bear the stamp of the Department of Official Translators’ Affairs.
Some universities do not use the scale of A=4.00. The Graduate Admissions office has experience in evaluating degrees and uses internationally recognized materials for the conversions of the grades and grade point equivalencies on your transcript when a different scale is used by the university. The WES is used by our department as a general guide to see if the grades are high enough for consideration. We will receive the Graduate Admissions Office conversion numbers when the application is sent to us by them for our review. The office of graduate admissions evaluates all international credentials and is responsible for determining a student’s cumulative GPA for admission purposes.
Additional information about the graduate student admission procedure can be obtained from the Graduate College. Their address is Robertson Hall, 731 Elm Avenue, Room 213, Norman, OK 73019-2111. The telephone number is (405) 325-3811 and their Fax number is (405) 325-6029. The e-mail address is email@example.com and their web page is http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/admissions. Their web pages provide important information about the application process, as well as forms and procedures for obtaining master and doctoral degrees, tuition waivers, and other graduate requirements.
When the Graduate Admissions Office has received all the items they require -- official OU Application Form, transcripts, fee, (and for international citizens, Financial Information, copy of name page from passport, and TOEFL or IELTS) -- they will send your application to the Department for review, consideration and recommendation.
Most of our positions for new students in the Graduate Program are available in the Fall Semester (held mid-August through late-December). We usually have 8 to 12 open positions and receive 90 to 100 completed applications. In the Spring Semester (held mid-January through late-May), we usually have 1 to 3 open positions for new students and receive 15 to 30 completed applications. Students are usually not admitted for the Summer Semester (held mid-May through mid-August) as we do not offer any graduate chemical engineering classes in the summer semester.
We begin making selections for the Fall semester in January and go through the application pool again several times, approximately each month, through mid-June. Occasionally we received a grant or other new funding notice in May and make selections as late as early June. Applications of students not selected in each review are considered again along with new applications as funding notices are received and new positions become open. Selections for the Spring Semester are usually made in early-October to late-November. We receive more applications than we have openings and, unfortunately, cannot admit all the students who apply and have good qualifications.
We will then evaluate your application and recommend admission or denial. We give preference to Ph.D. applications but select both M.S. and Ph.D. When an application is selected by our department for admission, we then return the application to the Graduate College Admissions Office and recommend the application for admission. The Graduate College Admissions office has final determination on whether a student is admitted and the official status of admission. When a student is admitted, an offer letter will be sent by the department and an official letter of admission (plus visa documents for international students) will be prepared and sent by the Graduate Admissions Office.
Sometimes we are asked to look at a student’s qualifications before the application is complete to tell if they would be admitted to our program. It is not possible to tell ahead of time if a particular student would be admitted. Student selection depends upon on the number of positions we have available for the semester, what the student’s primary area of ability and research interest is, what project has an open position, the skills and education needed for that projects, and how good the GPA, TOEFL, GRE and other qualifications are of the other students who apply. We can determine if a student qualifies for consideration by looking at their resume plus transcripts and TOEFL scores.
FOR OTHER QUESTIONS AND TO TALK WITH US
We have a section in this web page for Frequently Asked Questions that address most common situations. We would also welcome a phone call or e-mail from you to discuss further your goals for your graduate degree and how we fit in with your interests. Our phone number is (405) 325-5814 and an e-mail can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate Program Staff Assistant. Our mailing address is Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd, T-301, Sarkeys Energy Center, Norman, OK 73019-1004 USA.