Application

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants may have undergraduate degrees in engineering, or other disciplines. All applicants are expected to have completed the necessary prerequisites to begin the core curriculum for the degree program of interest.

All applicants should be aware of the financial support available for the students within our graduate programs

Those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering can apply after earning an undergraduate degree or master’s degree as long as the necessary program requirements are fulfilled.

Master’s Programs

  1. Unofficial transcript(s)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Completion of required prior coursework 
  2. Two (2) or more letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  3. C.V. or Resume (optional, but recommended)
  4. Statement of academic goals and research interests* (optional; highly recommended)
  5. English Language proficiency** scores are required for International students

Doctoral Programs

  1. Unofficial transcript(s)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Completion of required prior coursework
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  3. C.V. or Resume
  4. Statement of academic goals and research interests (see additional details below)*
  5. English Language proficiency** scores are required for International students

* Statement of academic goals and research interests: 

** English Language proficiency requirements:

    • CBEE accepts TOEFL, IELTS and DuoLingo test scores for Spring 2022 & Fall 2022 applications.
    • Minimum scores & exceptions to this policy can be found on The Graduate School’s website
    • This requirement is automatically waived for applicants who obtained a BS or MS degree from a US or Canadian institution.

*** GRE scores are NOT required as part of MS or PhD applications. 

Application Deadlines

Master’s Programs

Fall admission:
January 7 (priority deadline)*
March 1 (final deadline international students)
July 1 (final deadline for domestic students)

Spring admission:
July 1 (priority deadline)
August 1 (final deadline international students)
October 1 (final deadline domestic students)

Doctoral Programs

Fall Admission:
January 7*
Please note new students are not admitted for the Spring term

The application for Fall term opens by October of the prior year. Example: Fall 2023 application will open by October 2022.

* Please note UMBC Campus is typically closed during between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Faculty and administrative staff will NOT be available to answer emails or phone calls during this time.

Application Process

Each candidate is evaluated individually by a department faculty committee that has the authority to make admission recommendations to the Graduate School. The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering’s graduate admission committee makes a determination of an applicant’s qualification for admission based on the evaluation of the entire application materials list.

  1. Prepare Application Materials, see Application Requirements listed above.
  2. Complete the Online Graduate Admissions Application 
    Our online applications are managed by our trusted partner, CollegeNET. Our application process is safe and secure. When you Apply Online, you can create an account, submit your application information and pay the $50 application fee by credit card over a secure internet connection.

    • Application Fee Waiver is available. Email cbeegrad@umbc.edu to request an application fee waiver.

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