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Graduate Program

Applying to Rochester

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We are continuing to accept MS applications for the Fall 2021 semester.

A complete application to the Department of Chemical Engineering contains several components:

In order to make the best possible decisions on admissions and financial aid, your application must be complete by Deadline January 30, 2021! for fall admission. After the committee has received your completed application they will review it and make final decisions regarding offers.

If your file is not complete, the Graduate Admissions Committee cannot make a decision on your application.

The majority of financial aid is awarded to students beginning their graduate program in the fall. If you have an interest in spring admission, please contact the department’s graduate program director directly to discuss your application.

Questions regarding the University of Rochester’s online application should be directed to or (585) 275-4153.

Questions regarding the chemical engineering department graduate application should be directed to or (585) 275-4913.

Financial Aid

The University of Rochester offers fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships on a competitive basis for full-time graduate study. Applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding such as NSF or DOE fellowships.

PhD Students

Our full-time PhD students receive competitive graduate fellowships or research assistantships comprising an annual stipend of at least $28,000, medical benefits, and full coverage of graduate tuition. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

MS Students

MS students typically receive a tuition waiver of 40 percent of their registered credit hours. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

Application Package

In addition to an updated curriculum vitae, personal and research statements, a completed application requires standardized test scores, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Details of these requirements, including additional information for international students can be found in the sections below.

Standardized Tests

Applicants are urged to take required tests early so that the results can be considered in conjunction with the candidate's academic records.

The institute code number for GRE is 2928 and TOEFL reports is 7267. The GRE department code for chemical engineering is 1001 and the TOEFL department code for chemical engineering is 64.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants taking the GRE should report the verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores and percentiles. Average scores for students accepted into the program are in the 80th percentile in all categories. Subject tests are not required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all applicants whose native language is not English, unless they are graduates of a US undergraduate program (minimum of two years of study in the US). A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based test), 260 (computer-based test), or 95 (Internet test) is required for admittance. A minimum IELTS band score of 7.0 is required for admittance.


Applicants should send their official transcript(s) from each college or university they attended directly to the Department of Chemical Engineering. Electronic copies are accepted as part of the online application. You will be required to submit official transcript(s) upon matriculation to the program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders will be contacted by email and provided a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation.

Application Requirements for Non-US Students

Documents or letters submitted in an application must be in English or should be accompanied by an English translation. Please do not send secondary school records. Many countries will not issue visas without proof of adequate proficiency in English, such as a satisfactory TOEFL and/or GRE verbal score (see Standardized Tests above).

To obtain a visa for study in the United States, international students must present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) at a US consulate or embassy and demonstrate full proof of ability to pay all tuition and living expenses* for the first year of study. *University fellowships may not cover all of these expenses; students will ordinarily need some additional funds.

International Services Office will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 after a student has accepted the offer and demonstrated proof of their ability to pay all expenses for at least the first year of study. Questions should be addressed to (585) 275-2866 or

Non-discrimination Policy

The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Further, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws.

Questions on compliance should be directed to the particular school or department and/or to the University's Intercessor, University of Rochester, Box 270039, Rochester, NY 14627-0039. Phone: (585) 275-9125.