• At least 72 graduate level credits
  • Of 72 credits, 26 credits must be coursework, including:
    • CH E 545, CH E 554, CH E 583, CH E 587
    • GR ST 565
    • Teaching practicum (CH E 698A and 2 semesters of CH E 698B)
    • 3 credits of a 600-level course
  • More information on CBE graduate programs and procedures can be found in the 2020-2021 CBE Grad Student Handbook
Iowa State University has a two-step application process. The first step is free and will generally be reviewed within two weeks. That outcome will determine if you are invited to apply for the second step. Students that are encouraged to submit a full application as part of the second step can update their profile. Transcripts, English proficiency scores (for international students), and letter of recommendations are required for step two.
  • Fill out graduate college application.A graduate applicant should preferably have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemical engineering or chemistry. However, the Iowa State chemical engineering graduate program also encourages applications from qualified students with non-traditional B.S. degrees (such as materials science, biochemistry, etc.) The department offers an online preparatory summer program for non-traditional Ph.D.-seeking students. It is offered online in the summer. For more information click here.
      • Fall admission applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, with full consideration of all applications received through January 15. For Fall 2021, the application deadline has been extended to February 7. All applications are fully reviewed upon receipt, and we strongly recommend that full applications be submitted by February 7, 2021.
      • 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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, typically between August 15 and November 15.
      • 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.
      • English proficiency minimum for international students: TOEFL Paper (PBT) – 587; TOEFL Internet (iBT) – 94; IELTS – 7.0 TOEFL is not required from applicants who have received a degree from an institution in a country where English is the only official language.
      • GRE not required The department has no strict minimums but typically admitted students will have GRE-V/Q/A>= 145/160/3
  • A graduate applicant should preferably have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemical engineering or chemistry.

    The Iowa State chemical engineering graduate program encourages applications from qualified, non-traditional B.S. programs (such as chemistry, materials science, etc.). The department now offers a online preparatory summer program for non-traditional Ph.D.-seeking students.. For more information click here.

    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.

    All Ph.D. students receive a competitive research assistantship and tuition support.

    International students: Iowa State University provides a document with detailed instructions for international graduate applications. Access it here.

    General information about the Iowa State University Graduate College can be found here.

    Contacts


    For materials sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, contact this office at 515 294-5836 or toll free at 800 262-3810. You may also email them at admissions@iastate.edu. You can check the status of your graduate application through the Admissions portal. 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 Kelsey Polaski at kpolaski@iastate.edu or call her at 515 294-7870.