CEMS Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Admission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system. Please note that in general we admit graduate students for fall semester only. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to begin their studies at another time during the academic year.

NOTE: CEMS does NOT accept applications for full time Master's degree. If it is your intention to apply for a part-time Masters, while employed in local industry, please contact Julie Prince, before formally applying.

Graduate admission decisions are made exclusively by a committee of faculty from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Decisions are based on a candidate's intellectual potential and promise projected from all sources of the application for admission. A master's degree is not a prerequisite for admission for a doctoral degree.

A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by University officials. You can expect a decision from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science by early February through mid-April.

Deadline for Fall Semester: January 1 is the application deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for admission with financial support for the fall semester. Late applications will be considered. However, offers will only be made to exceptional applicants, if space is available. We do not admit for spring except under extenuating circumstances, if space is available.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission will also receive from the Graduate School Admissions Office a request to complete an Enrollment Form. If you choose to accept we appreciate a notification by email as well to cemsgrad@umn.edu.

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Application Requirements

All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system admissions system by the January 1 deadline. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully. Application fee information can be found on the Graduate School website.

A bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, polymer engineering, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering is required. Admission is very competitive. Most applicants accepted into the program have grade-point averages well above the Graduate School minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required of all applicants, except for those applying to the professional Masters. Applications are evaluated on the basis of previous academic record, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your Educational and Career Objectives statement (statement #1 of the Grad School Application for admission). The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree.

Required Information:
  • Personal Information
  • Application Information
  • Educational Background
    Transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application in the Educational Background section of the application. Unofficial copies are acceptable for initial review. If you are admitted the University will then request official copies of this material.
  • Test Information-Self Reported
    If you requested ETS to report GRE or TOEFL scores to the University of Minnesota, the scores will be electronically uploaded to your application. You can check to see if your official scores have been reported from ETS. If you did not request ETS to report your scores directly, please upload a copy. Upload it in the Program Supplementary Information Section, under Other Credentials. If the file is too large, upload it under Upload #1 or Upload #2. These uploaded scores are acceptable for consideration of your application and will be verified with ETS. If you accept admission, official score reports will be required.
    Inst Code: 6874; Dept Code for Chemical Engineering is 1001 and for Materials Science is 1402 or 1403.
  • Languages
  • Awards & Activities
  • Employment/Residence Information
  • Financial Support
  • Legal Agent/Privacy Statement
  • Applicant Statement #1
    Statement #1 should outline your immediate educational and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field. Please include your top 3 research areas, the names of particular faculty members with whom you wish to study, and explain why you want to study with that person(s). In addition, include other information, such as any undergraduate research experience, internships, or other experiences you may have had to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field.
  • Applicant Statement #2
    US Citizen and US Permanent Resident applicants should complete a one-page diversity statement. Please follow the instructions on the application site for statement #2.
  • 3-4 Recommendation Letters
    Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graudate work. Employers are acceptable as well.

NOTE: Please be sure to check the status of any online recommendation letters that will be sent on your behalf. Because recommendations are a requirement of the program and not the Graduate School, an email from the Graduate School, indicating your application is complete does not necessarily mean that all the letters of recommendation have been received. You can check online to see if letters submitted electronically have been received.

Optional Information
  • Resume or CV
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International Applicants

TOEFL: Our Department requires TOEFL scores for admission. You should enter your scores in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.

EXCEPTIONS: Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering the University of Minnesota you are exempted from this requirement.

International Financial Certification Statement
Do I need to submit a financial certification from with my application? If you are admitted and accept (by completing the Enrollment Form) you can then complete the Financial Certification Statement for your I-20 document.

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Financial Support

All full-time doctoral students in good academic standing receive complete financial support in the form of an assistantship or fellowship. These are 50% appointments and receive a stipend, full tuition waiver, and a health insurance package for which you will be charged a minimal fee. Support is guaranteed for as long as you remain in good academic standing with the department and university and are making satisfactory progress towards completing your degree requirements.

Graduate Assistantship - The stipend for students being offered an Assistantship from the department has not yet been set for 2016 but is expected to be at least $30,000/yr for 12 months.

Benefits - Tuition, health and dental insurance are provided to students admitted with a 50% assistantship from the department. Support continues as long as satisfactory progress is maintained. Eligible students may elect to purchase dependent health and dental care.

Fellowship Opportunities - Fellowship opportunities are available for students who are entering or in their first year of graduate studies and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. We augment the fellowship stipends of students who hold a fellowship from most sources outside the University. The amount of the augmentation varies and should be discussed with the Director of Graduate Studies as soon as you know about the fellowship award.

The National Science Foundation National Defense Science and Engineering Department of Energy, Office of Science, Graduate Fellowship Program The Graduate School has put together an excellent list of other funding opportunities.

We augment the fellowship stipends of students who hold a fellowship from most sources outside the University. The amount of the augmentation varies and should be discussed with the Director of Graduate Studies as soon as you know about the fellowship award.

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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

421 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0132

P: 612-625-1313 | F: 612-626-7246

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