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Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

All students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in CBE must first be admitted through the UT Graduate School.

Apply to Graduate School

Still have questions about the admissions process? Contact Director of Graduate Admissions Cong Trinh. Or, use this form to ask us a question.


Graduate Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the CBE department must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate accrediting agency or an international equivalent. Applicants without undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering may be required to take additional coursework as appropriate to prepare them for graduate work. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is also considered for admission. For students with a GPA ≥ 3.50 out of 4.0, GRE score can be waived for Fall 2021 admission. Additionally, students whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Student admission is evaluated based on his/her academic performance (GPA, GRE, and/or TOEFL), research potential, and recommendation letters.

As part of the online graduate application process, applicants will complete a departmental application and upload a statement of purpose and resume. Academic, research, and work background of prospective students will be reviewed to check that a good match exists between the student and the department.


Application Fee Waiver

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to have their application fee waived:

  1. US citizen
  2. GPA > 3.5
  3. Application completed by January 1

Applicants interested in a waiver should email their resume and transcript to Graduate Program Assistant Karin Grindall.


Financial Support

Students who are admitted to our PhD program will be financially supported with a stipend plus tuition and benefits. Read more about financial aid available to CBE graduate students.


Research Opportunities

Partnerships with other disciplines at UT—such as medical, life, and physical sciences—as well as with nearby industries and ORNL, help to create exceptional research opportunities for CBE graduate students and develop leadership roles in the vital technologies of the future.

Additional research facilities include the Computational Materials Research Group, Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, Joint Institute in Biological Sciences, Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, and Sustainable Energy Education and Research Center.

Visit our Research Overview page for more information.