CEMS Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Admission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the Application for Admission 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. Please include your transcript(s) and CV.

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 January through mid-April.

Deadline for Fall Semester: December 15 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 (for CEMS)

All application materials should be submitted directly to the Application for Admission by the December 15 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:
  • Application for Admission
  • When listing your Educational Background on the application (if you have a bachelors and a masters, please list the bachelor degree(s) followed by your master degree(s).
  • Transcripts (as indicated in the admissions application instructions)
  • GRE - Inst Code 6874; Major Codes 1001 for ChEn and 1402 for MatSci). Uploaded copy is acceptable for consideration.
  • TOEFL test information
    (English Language Proficiency) Inst Code 6874; Major Code: blank or 99. IELTS, or MELAB will be accepted in place of the TOEFL, if you are not in an area where the TOEFL is offered.
  • Personal Statement
    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.
  • Description of Research Experience
    Any undergraduate research experience, internships, or other experiences you may have done to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field. If you included this on your Personal Statement, there is no need to duplicate the information.
  • Diversity Statement
    ONLY US Citizen and US Permanent Resident applicants should complete a one-page diversity statement. Not required for international applicants.
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing Sample - NOT REQUIRED BY OUR PROGRAM
  • 3-4 Recommendation Letters
    Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. A letter from an employer is also acceptable, provided they can also assess your potential for graduate work.

NOTE: Please be sure to check the status of any online recommendation letters that will be sent on your behalf.

International Applicants

English Language Proficiency Information: University policy requires international and domestic applicants whose first language is not English to provide proof of English language proficiency as a condition of admission. If you If you accept admission you will be required to have your official score report to us before you can receive the I-20 for your visa. CEMS follows the minimum requirement for the ELP on TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB. If you think you may be exempt from submitting the TOEFL please refer to the information under Coursework at this link: TOEFL test information

International Student Financial Certification Statement: Required only if you have received an offer of admission, in order to get your I-20 document.

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 2019 but is expected to be at least $31,000/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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