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  • At least 30 graduate level credits
  • Of 30 credits, 17 credits must be coursework, including:
    • At least 14 credits from CH E, including at least two of CH E 545, CH E 554, CH E 583, or CH E 587
    • At least 3 credits outside CH E, including GR ST 565
  • Teaching practicum (CH E 698A and 1 semester of CH E 698B)
  • Develop student advisory Program of Study (POS) Committee
  • More information on CBE graduate programs and procedures can be found in the 2018-2019 CBE Graduate Handbook

1. Fill out graduate college application.

  • Fall admission applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, with full consideration of all applications received through January 15.
  • International applications for the fall semester that arrive at the university after April 1 will be asked to delay their admission until the spring semester.
  • Spring admission application deadline is August 15 of prior calendar year.
  • International applications for the spring semester that arrive at the university after October 1 will be asked to delay their admission until the next fall semester.
  • The admission process may take several months.
  • English Proficiency Minimum: TOEFL Paper (PBT) – 587; TOEFL Internet (iBT) – 94; IELTS – 7.0
  • GRE Required
  • For general information about Iowa State University graduate programs, see the Graduate College web site

2. If you don’t submit online, send complete application form, application fee, school transcripts and both TOEFL and GRE scores to:

Graduate Admissions Office Iowa State University 100 Enrollment Services Ames, IA 50011-2011

3. If you don’t submit online, send three (3) letters of recommendation to:

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Iowa State University 2114 Sweeney Hall Ames, IA 50011-2230

A graduate applicant should preferably have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemical engineering or chemistry. An applicant with records or scores that meet or exceed application guidelines listed above are not guaranteed admission. Admission of a qualified student also depends on a match between the student’s area of interest, research specialties of the faculty and availability of professors.Financial aid is usually considered only after an applicant is admitted to Iowa State University. In addition to satisfying the normal graduate degree requirements, students without an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering must demonstrate proficiency in the major undergraduate subjects of chemical engineering: material and energy balances, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical reaction engineering. This is usually accomplished by completion of at least three undergraduate courses, as determined by the Director of Graduate Education, during an advising meeting held during graduate student orientation. Completion of the equivalent of MATH 267, and CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 also is required. At the POS committee meeting held after the student is admitted to the MS program, the student’s major professor and the POS committee will determine if additional coursework should be required.


For materials sent to Graduate Admissions Office, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 515 294-5836 or toll free at 800 262-3810. You may also email them at You can check the status of your graduate application through the Graduate Admissions Office or fill out this form. Iowa State cannot process an application until it is complete, so please make sure the university has received all the materials for your application. For materials sent to Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, email Nicole Prentice at or call her at 515 294-2127.