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.
MS Program Overview Presentation
PhD Program Overview Presentation

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

Master’s Programs Application Requirements
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completion of key prerequisite courses for the degree program
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Statement of academic goals and research interests (optional; highly recommended for applicants with an undergraduate degree outside of engineering or other unique circumstances.)
  • English Language proficiency scores are required for International students. CBEE will accept TOEFL and IELTS test scores.
    • This requirement is automatically waived for applicants who obtained a BS or MS degree from a US institution.
    • Minimum scores & Exceptions to this policy can be found on The Graduate School’s website
  • Letters of recommendation
    • These should be from professional or academic references.
Doctoral Programs Application Requirements
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completion of key prerequisite courses for the degree program
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • Statement of academic goals and research interests (including your preferred advisor(s))
  • C.V. or Resume
  • English Language proficiency scores are required for International students. CBEE will accept TOEFL and IELTS test scores.
    • This requirement is automatically waived for applicants who obtained a BS or MS degree from a US institution.
    • Minimum scores & Exceptions to this policy can be found on The Graduate School’s website
  • Letters of recommendation
    • These should be from professional or academic references.

Application Deadlines

Master’s Programs Application Deadlines

Fall admission:
January 1 (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 Application Deadlines

Fall Admission:  January 1st*
Please note new students are not admitted for the Spring term

* Please note UMBC Campus is closed from December 24, 2021 – January 1, 2022. 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 (required MS & PhD)
  • Statement of academic goals and research interests (required PhD; optional MS)
  • Letters of recommendation (3 for PhD; 2-3 for MS)
  • Resume or C.V. (required PhD; optional MS)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all college-level institutions attended (minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA is required; required MS & PhD)*
  • Report English Language Proficiency for international students.(required MS & PhD) * +
  • Report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (optional for all applicants)

* 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 English language proficiency requirement for international students who have obtained a BS or MS from a US institution.

2) Complete Application
  • Complete the Online Graduate Application Form
    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.
  • See application deadlines above
  • Application Fee Waiver, please email the Graduate Program Coordinator (cbeegrad@umbc.edu) to request an application fee waiver.
    * 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.