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Application

Qualifications

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.

Minimum 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.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • There is no minimum GRE score
  • TOEFL scores are required for International students. CBEE does not accept IELTS scores in place of TOEFL for English language proficiency. However, for international students who have obtained a BS or MS degree from a US institution, this requirement is automatically waived. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score established by the university for admission into all programs is 550 for the paper-based test and 213 for the computer- based test (Graduate Admissions Policy).

Application deadline: January 1st (Please note UMBC Campus is closed from December 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021. Faculty and administrative staff will NOT be available to answer emails or phone calls during this time.)

Application Process

1) Prepare Application Materials

      • Graduate School Application
      • Statement of academic goals and research interests
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Resume or C.V.
      • Unofficial transcripts from all college-level institutions attended (minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA is required) *
      • Report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (GRE code for UMBC is 5835)*
      • Report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English.* +

* CBEE does not accept the IELTS in place of TOEFL for English language proficiency. Note, unofficial documents can be uploaded during the application process and used for the review of the application. Upon acceptance to the graduate programs, official documents must be submitted to The Graduate School.
+ We automatically waive the TOEFL for international students who have obtained a BS or MS from a US institution.

2) Complete Online Application

Apply online through The Graduate School at UMBC. 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.

* The application fee is waived for US citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and those students receiving degrees from US and Canadian institutions.  All other applicants must pay the $50 application fee by credit card over a secure internet connection. All applications for admission to our programs for the Fall Semester must be received, along with all supporting documentation, by the Graduate Program Coordinator by January 1.

How to apply: 

      1. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada – complete the online Graduate Application form.
      2. International students receiving degrees from US and Canadian institutions – Request a fee-free application code from our Graduate Program Coordinator by email.
      3. All other applicants must pay the $50 application fee by credit card over a secure internet connection using the online Graduate Application form. It is not possible to waive this application fee.

Application deadline: January 1st (Please note UMBC Campus is closed from December 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021. Faculty and administrative staff will NOT be available to answer emails or phone calls during this time.)

The application deadline is January 1 for admission in the Fall semester. Applications for students who would like to being in the Spring semester are reviewed on a rolling basis through October 15. Applications received after October 15 are considered for the Fall semester.