Admission for the CBE Graduate Program
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at The University of Iowa offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The department follows the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College, which is available from the Graduate College.
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Prospective graduate students must apply for admission to the Graduate College.
If you would like to know more about our graduate program in chemical and biochemical engineering at The University of Iowa, please contact Eric Nuxoll, Graduate Admissions Chair.
Application forms are available from:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
Applicants must provide a completed application form, an official undergraduate transcript certified by the college that conferred the bachelor's degree, and an official transcript from each institution at which the applicant has taken graduate courses.
Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination, general test, and submit the scores with their application. Normally a combined GRE score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1300 is required for admission. Students whose native language is not English should have a TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper-based test (250 on computer-based test and 100 on the internet-based test).
The University of Iowa Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering provides for thesis and non-thesis Master of Science programs, as well as a 5-year BS/MS program.
Master of Science with Thesis. For students in the M.S. thesis track, the students are awarded graduate research or teaching assistantships and work with a research advisor and committee toward completion of the thesis. M.S. thesis students complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of approved core and elective courses in advanced chemical and biochemical engineering and related subjects, and a minimum of 6 semester hours of thesis research.
Master of Science, Non-Thesis. Students on the non-thesis M.S. track complete a coursework masters based on successful completion of 30 semester hours of approved coursework. Non-thesis M.S. students are not typically awarded assistantships.
Both the thesis and non-thesis M.S. programs typically require 2 years of study. Contact the Department or the Graduate College for applicability of courses taken in the University of Iowa Saturday and Evening Class Program, and from institutions other than the University of Iowa.
Five year BS/MS Program. The University of Iowa instituted in 2007 a 5 year BS/MS “fast track” program allowing University of Iowa Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students to receive both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa through one additional year of study, rather than the two years typically required by a full time stand-alone Master of Science program. This may be attractive to students who are interested in product research, development, and design. For more information on our BS/MS program, please contact Julie Jessop, Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The University of Iowa College of Engineering also participates in a 5 year BS/MS degree exchange program with Dharmsinh Desai University in Gujarat India. Students from DDU are invited to apply to spend the 4th and 5th years of their academic program at the University of Iowa, with non-thesis and thesis M.S. degree options. Contact Charles Stanier, Director of Graduate Studies, for more information.
The Doctor of Philosophy is granted primarily on the basis of achievement rather than on the accumulation of semester hours. However, candidates usually must complete three academic years in residence, or two years if they already hold a recognized master's degree. This generally is interpreted as a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit in residence.
There is no foreign language requirement for either the M.S. or the Ph.D. degree.
The requirements for all M.S. degrees include a final examination, which may be oral or written or both. The Ph.D. comprehensive exam may, at the discretion of the examining committee, be a special design project or written exam covering the student's graduate work. These examinations are arranged by the examining committee and may be repeated. All Ph.D. candidates also are required to take a final oral examination, the thesis defense. The rules for the comprehensive exam are published in the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
The department grants admission for graduate study to applicants who have a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, with satisfactory grades, from a recognized U.S. college or university. Graduates from foreign universities also may be accepted, depending on evaluation of their records. Admission to the graduate program requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be granted conditional admission by the graduate admissions committee.
The University of Iowa Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering frequently accepts students from degree programs other than Chemical Engineering, such as Chemistry, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science, and several other disciplines. The small size of the department allows us to work with these students to address any background knowledge required in chemical engineering to succeed in graduate-level coursework and research. In some cases, background undergraduate courses are required, which typically do not carry credit toward a graduate degree.
The Graduate Admissions Office notifies applicants of action taken on their applications. Correspondence regarding admissions should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
A number of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships are available to Ph.D. and Masters with Thesis students. Applicants who would like to receive a graduate stipend should first apply for admission and then request an Application for Graduate Awards form from the Office of Graduate Admissions. The completed form and a letter summarizing the applicant's special qualification for an appointment should be sent to:
Director of Admissions
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1219
Regular appointments are made before April of each year, but applications are accepted throughout the year. The period of eligibility for assistantships normally is two years for M.S. with Thesis. All appointees must adhere to University of Iowa personnel guidelines and must have approval from their faculty adviser and/or their department chair for all absences.
Information about fees and housing costs is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.