University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Information for
future graduate students




Fall:  Received by December 30
Spring: Received by October 15




Graduate Program Office
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1607

Tel: 608/263-3138





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Students with a strong background in chemical engineering and a serious interest in research are encouraged to apply for admission to our graduate program. Applications for Fall (September) admission must be received by December 30. (Early submission is encouraged.) The Spring (January) application must be received by October 15. Although most students start in the Fall, we occasionally offer a limited number of Spring appointments.






1.   A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately 2 years of work). A GPA of 3.25 is required of students with majors other than chemical engineering. Most applicants accepted into the program have a GPA well above 3.5.



2.  Complete an on-line Graduate School application form.


3. The application fee is $56.00 U.S.  It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa), Debit/ATM. Non U.S. citizens will be charged a $6.00 international document processing fee.  Both fees will be processed during the submission of your application.

4.  Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE ) General test scores sent by ETS (institution code: 1846, department code 1001). The Subject test is not required. Average scores of students admitted last year were: Verbal - 158, Quantitative - 166, Analytical – 4.0.



5.   Recommendation letters submitted electronically on your electronic application by three persons who are familiar with you and your work.



6.  Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL is preferred. Minimum required TOEFL scores are 92 (internet-based test, IBT),  or 580 (paper based test). The average TOEFL score for students admitted last year was 106 (IBT).

Applicants who have completed a minimum of two full-time semesters of graded course work, exclusive of ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university where English is the only language of instruction at the undergraduate level, not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment, are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.  For more on the TOEFL, see Graduate School Admission Requirements and scroll down to English proficiency.






1.  A bachelor’s degree with a strong background in chemical engineering from an approved (ABET accredited) institution. International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree.



2.  Two unofficial transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended. These documents should be uploaded to the Applicant’s Uploaded Documents section of the application.  International applicants must provide academic records and official certificates and degrees in the original language accompanied by official English translations. Once admission is offered, applicants must send official copies of the transcripts and documents issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and official signatures submitted in sealed envelopes or sent directly from the college or university. Full admission is contingent upon receipt of these materials.



3.  Resume - uploaded to the Applicant’s Uploaded Documents section of the application



4.  Reasons for graduate study statement - uploaded to the Applicant’s Uploaded Documents section of the application OR to the statement section of the Graduate School application.



5.  At the conclusion of your reasons for graduate study statement, please include brief responses to the following:

Which research areas interest you most (Materials, Bio, Catalysis, Systems, Transport, Thermodynamics)?

How many months of research experience do you currently have (including REU, independent study, co-op, internship, paid positions)?

How many research papers have you contributed to?

How many public research presentations have you made?

What is your SKYPE name?



Applicants must meet both department and Graduate School requirements for admission and are formally admitted by the Graduate School upon recommendation from the department.



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