Chemical engineering (MS, PhD)
Extensive research facilities, world-renowned faculty and a distinctive research environment all come together to drive forward our innovative graduate program in chemical engineering.
The chemical engineering program is internationally recognized and competitive. Recognized among the Top 50 Chemical Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report, our students and faculty tackle real-world problem using multidisciplinary solutions to advance understanding and build a better tomorrow.
Graduate research opportunities in the chemical engineering program all look to transform matter and energy into useful technologies and products for society while advancing fundamental understanding. Fueling the discovery of innovative scientific advancements and technologies, graduate students in the Chemical Engineering Graduate Program will find a sense of purpose in their studies.
Here are a few areas of graduate research we offer:
- Environmental Chemistry and Remediation
- Biological and Biomolecular Engineering
- Biomaterials and Therapeutic Technologies
- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
- Inorganic Materials and Polymer Engineering
- Particle Science and Processing
Chemical engineering, MS
The Master of Science (MS) program is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge of engineering sciences and creative engineering practice while at the same time increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge in selected areas of emphasis.
Chemical engineering, PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in chemical engineering requires completion of 84 credit hours. These hours include core/elective course work, research/dissertation and seminar credits.
Application and admission information
The following application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admission Services:
If your institution sends electronic official transcripts, we accept the following electronic transcript services: E-Scrip, Parchment, Credentials Inc., and National Student Clearinghouse. All E-Scrip, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse transcripts must be sent directly to email@example.com from those transcript services or from the institutions that use those services. If you can and choose to use these services, you should apply online to the ASU Graduate Admission Services application prior to having your official e-transcripts sent.
If your institution does not use one of those transcript services, you will need to mail an official transcript. Your six digit application ID should be on the transcript envelope if possible.
Graduate Admission Services
Application for admission
Can be only accessed online. Click here to go to Application for Admission
Application priority deadline
Fall Semester: December 31
Spring Semester: August 1
A priority deadline means that applications submitted and completed before the priority deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed. An application is complete after all materials are received by Graduate Admissions.
Graduate Admissions Services has a late application fee for students applying after the university deadline. For a list of those deadlines, please go to: https://graduate.asu.edu/.
US citizens $70
Non-US citizens $90
This is a processing fee assessed by Graduate Admission Services and cannot be waived or deferred. Late fees apply: graduate.asu.edu/admissions/how_to_apply
Transcripts and GRE scores
Only official transcripts are accepted; no photocopies. These must be mailed to Graduate Admissions Services (see address above). For international students, transcripts must be in the original language, along with an official English translation. Also see:
Graduate Admissions Services: students.asu.edu/graduate/apply
Official score sent by ETS only. Guideline for the GRE: verbal 146+, quantitative 159+, analytical 4.0+, Institution code for ASU: 4007; there is no department code.
GRE Waiver: Any M.S. applicant who received an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program at an institution in the U.S. and achieved a GPA of 3.3 or higher will be waived from the GRE requirement. No Ph.D. applicants will be waived from the GRE requirement.
Resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation
List publications if you have any. It’s not necessary to send copies of articles. You will be asked to upload your resume in the online application process.
Essay describing your background, academic achievements, research interests, career goals, and why you wish to pursue graduate study in Chemical Engineering at ASU. You will be asked to upload your personal statement in the online application process.
Three (3) recommendation letters
The online application will ask you for three names and three email addresses for three recommenders; and the company/school for which they work. Your recommenders will receive an email and must submit their letter of recommendation electronically.
Additional admission requirements for international applicants
English proficiency (for international graduate applicants)
A TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required by the graduate Chemical Engineering program, in order to be considered for admission.
- Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 100; pBT 600. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
- Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 7. No institution code is needed
- Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 65
- Official TOEFL sent by ETS only. Minimum scores: iBT 90; pBT 575. Institution code for ASU: 4007; for department code, applicant may enter 0000
- Official IELTS sent by issuing institution only. Minimum score: 6.5. No institution code is needed
- Official PTE sent by Pearson only. Minimum Score: 60
You could qualify for an exemption from this requirement by one of the following two options:
- This requirement would be met if you successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better; AND in addition, acquire a score of 50 or better on the Speak Test (must be taken at Arizona State University).
- You successfully complete the highest level at the Global Launch Intensive English Program with grades of B or better OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S., OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all credits must be earned in the U.S.), OR
- Attended in person a regionally accredited college or university in the United States and completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher (all 90 hours must be earned in the U.S.)
For more information, visit the Graduate Admission Services English Proficiency Requirement and Exemption website.
Still have a question? Contact Advising
If you still have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please contact the SEMTE graduate advising office: