Graduate Admissions

To apply for graduate studies in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering:

  1. You must first apply online to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut. It is preferred that you apply online.  Please visit the UConn Graduate School  The online application fee is $75.
  2. Must hold a B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Must submit to the Graduate School official transcripts covering all of your previous academic work (both undergraduate and graduate). It must meet one of the following criteria:
    • A  cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for your entire graduate record or
    • A  grade point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
    • Graduate work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better (9-12 credits).
  4. International applicants must earn a minimum score of 79 (internet-based test), 550 (old paper-based test) or 22/30 on each of the listening, reading and writing sections (new paper-based test), on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score on the IELTS of 6.5.  A minimum score of 53 on the PTE test.  We cannot make any decisions about your application without this information.  Please submit official scores through ETS, our University code is 3915; departmental code is not needed to submit scores.
  5. We require general GRE scores to be submitted. Through ETS, our University code is 3915; departmental code is not needed to submit scores. We do not have a minimum score requirement.
  6. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendations can be uploaded to your online application. If you attended an international university and have one set of original documents or diploma, you can mail them to The Graduate School and they will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you. Please attach an International Transcripts Cover Sheet.pdf with your submission. If you submitted these documents when applying for admission to a university in the US which you currently attend, we will accept copies from the registrar or graduate school if they certify that these documents from your prior university were made from the originals. Official transcripts should be mailed to our Graduate School for verification purposes.

The Graduate School
University of Connecticut
Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

  1. All applicants must submit at least 3 letters of recommendation to complete their application.
  2. All applicants must submit a personal statement of purpose. You should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful.
  3. Application Deadlines:
    • For preferred Fall consideration, please apply by December 31.
    • For preferred Spring consideration, please apply by October 15.

Financial Aid

Applicants who seek financial aid must indicate so in the appropriate section of the graduate admissions application form. It is the policy of the department to provide financial aid to all full-time graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. program, throughout their tenure of study.  Plan A master’s students may also be considered for support based upon the availability of funds.  An attractive benefits package, including discounted medical and dental coverage, is also provided.

Awards are based on academic merit and include graduate assistantships (for teaching or research), university pre-doctoral fellowships, dissertation fellowships, industrial fellowships, and summer fellowships.

All offers of financial aid will be made in writing, usually at the time admission is offered.

Duties associated with teaching assistantships require approximately 10-20 hours per week and may include grading homework assignments, leading discussion sections, reviewing problem sets with students, and supervising undergraduates in the laboratory. Research assistantships and fellowships are somewhat more flexible. Summer research work for additional compensation beyond that normally paid for teaching and/or research duties during the usual academic year frequently is available.

U.S. Student Visa Sponsorship

If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office. This will be sent to you after you have been admitted by the Graduate School.

Please be prepared to submit the following documents to the ISSS Office after you have been admitted:

  1. Financial Declaration Form
  2. Proof of Support
  3. Copy of Support

Once you have been admitted by the Graduate School, you will be sent a link to request an immigration document where you will be required to upload the materials mentioned above.

Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS Office (international@uconn.edu).

Acceptance

Any offer of admission and financial aid will be made in writing and must be accepted within the period of time stated in the offer letter.

Contact & Mailing Information

Requests for additional information for the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Program should be directed to:

Dr. Yongku Cho
Chair, Graduate Committee
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Rd., Unit 3222
Storrs, CT 06269-3222

Graduate Program Secretary: Leah Winterberger
E-mail: leah@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 486-4019