Graduate Admissions and Funding Opportunities
Applicants for graduate work in chemical and biological engineering must apply for admission to UA’s Graduate School. Regular admission may be granted to applicants who have an chemical engineering degree from an ABET accredited program and an overall GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Chemical engineering graduates from non ABET accredited programs can be awarded regular admission if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a Graduate Record Examination general test scores of 300 or higher. Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not meet these requirements, for example those who have degrees in related fields or a GPA below 3.0. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (or 79 on the iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS or 59 on PTE) for the consideration of admission to the master’s degree programs and for consideration of admission to the doctoral program. GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing scores must be consistent with the international applicant’s TOEFL score.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers financial assistance to outstanding applicants in the form of teaching and research assistantships. A half-time teaching or research assistantship provides a competitive stipend and a full-tuition scholarship for the academic year. A student applying for graduate studies in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is automatically considered for a departmental assistantship during the review of the application materials. Continuing students must complete the departmental assistantship application. Notices of continuing assistantship applications and deadlines are made by the Department during fall and spring semesters.
The Department awards teaching assistantships (GTA) on the basis of expected teaching ability. An individual faculty member, who has sponsored research funds at the professor’s disposal, awards research assistantships (GRA). A GRA appointment is made on the basis of mutual interests between student and professor. Only students who maintain an acceptable performance level are eligible for assistantships.