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ADMISSION INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS FOR US CITIZENS
We welcome you to our graduate program web site. Below is the information needed about our program and the application process. Application materials for a US student are different than those for an International citizen, 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.
Applicants who are a U.S. citizen may be invited to visit the department at our expense. To arrange for this, please read the rest of the information provided here, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us a resume and at least a photocopy of your transcript. In addition, students who meet the criteria and are invited in for a visit will have their university application fee paid for by the department.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND TUITION WAIVERS - Estimated Support Packages of $45,000!
We have an excellent financial assistance package that is available for Chemical Engineering students. Research assistantships and fellowships usually are $28,000 per year.
Most of the assistantships include a monthly stipend PLUS waiver of tuition for the hours applicable toward the degree, PLUS waiver 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. Overall, a student with financial assistance has around $4,000 in average additional fees, parking and books. 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.
More information about the tuition waivers is available on the Graduate College web pages at http://www.ou.edu/gradweb/funding_and_aid/tuition_waivers.html 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.
Sentence “Students with a degree in a similar scientific area such as Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, or Materials Science may be considered for admission if the grades are high and the degree is from a highly ranked university.” Should be “Students with a degree in a similar scientific area such as Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, or Materials Science may be considered for admission if the grades are high. Students from Universities in the State of Oklahoma are especially welcome”
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 can apply directly for the Ph.D. degree without already having an M.S. degree. Students with a degree in a similar scientific area such as Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, or Materials Science may be considered for admission if the grades are high and the degree is from a highly ranked university.
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 3.50 or above have a better chance of being selected.
We know that some US schools use a 5 point system so the equivalent still needs to be a 3.00 as converted to a 4.00 scale. Some US students may have their degree from an international school and these 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
Most US citizens will not have to provide information about English Proficiency. Students who may are those who did not get their degrees from a US university. 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 a 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 not required but is recommended 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 2 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 time 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 through CBME.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND MATERIALS FOR US CITIZENS
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
Applications received after March will put the materials into the busiest time for the Admissions office and submission may be delayed in reaching us for best consideration of your application. There is not a deadline for US citizen to apply but it is encouraged they apply by April 1st. We sometimes have an additional position become available to fill later in the summer so those wanting to apply late should send a message to the department to see if any positions are still open.
US citizens who want to apply for the Spring semester that begins in January, are encouraged to apply by September 1. We will continue to accept U.S. applications for the Spring semester into December but should send a message to the department to see if any positions are still open. https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/
Department and university 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 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 also 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 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.
US CITIZENS WITH AN INTERNATIONAL DEGREE:
(4) TOEFL score or acceptable substitutes. When uploading your scores,
please include all pages including the section and subsection
Instruction will be given on how to have an official report from ETS of
the TOEFL score sent to the university, including section and
GRE Test, Scores, and Codes
The GRE is strongly recommended 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.
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. 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 we usually have 8 to 12 open positions. In the Spring Semester we usually have 1 to 4 open positions for new students. Students are usually not admitted for the Summer Semester 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 May. Occasionally we received a grant or other 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 the end of October. 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 PhD. 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 qualifications are of the other students who apply. We can determine if a student qualifies for consideration by looking at their resume and transcripts. A GRE is also helpful.
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 the 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.