Applications and Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying for graduate studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering. We hope to make your admission process as simple as possible. If you would like to know more about our different graduate program, please read about the various degrees we offer. You can also fill out this request for information form and we will send information specific to your educational interests.

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Application Requirements

Applicants to the graduate program in the Department of Chemical Engineering must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelors degree:  Applicants must have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not in chemical engineering are expected to be able to demonstrate proficiency in chemical engineering concepts equivalent to those of a chemical engineering graduate.
  • GPA:  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for an application to be evaluated. For applicants to the PhD program, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 is encouraged.
  • GRE Test:  All applicants are required to take the GRE exam. Only applications with a minimum 155 on the quantitative portion of the GRE will be evaluated. A score of 160 or higher is recommended.
  • TOEFL:  International applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test. The University of Utah requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT), or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, for an application to be evaluated. The Department of Chemical Engineering looks favorably upon applicants with a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 96 (590 pBt; 7 IELTS). International students that have received a Bachelors or Masters degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand are not required to take the TOEFL exam.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for applying to the PhD or MS in Chemical Engineering program are indicated below. PhD applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by the priority deadline to be considered for funding and to ensure timely evaluation and response. All application material and the application fee must be received by the University of Utah by the date indicated. Deadlines for the MS in Petroleum Engineering degree are available here.

PhD in Chemical Engineering Application Deadlines*

Semester Domestic International
Fall  (priority) January 1 December 15
Fall  (final) January 15 January 15
Spring  (priority) October 1 Not Admitted
Spring  (final) November 1 Not Admitted

      * No summer admits for the PhD program.
International PhD applicants accepted for fall semester only.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Application Deadlines

Semester Domestic International
Fall May 1 April 1
Spring November 1 October 1

                                                                * No summer admits for the MS program.

Application Fees

The University of Utah College of Engineering strives to keep application fees for graduate degrees as low as possible. Fees for the degrees offered by the Department of Chemical Engineering are indicated below.

Degree Domestic International
PhD $0 $15
MS $10 $25

Application Process

The University of Utah uses the ApplyYourself system for all graduate program applications. To submit an application for a Masters or PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, please click on the button below, which will take you to the ApplyYourself web site. After you have created an account on the ApplyYourself system, you can enter and upload all information required for the application (see below).


The online ApplyYourself application requires the following information:

  • Personal Information – Name, contact information
  • Educational History – Schools attended and degrees conferred
  • Transcripts and GPA – Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application. You are not required to send official transcripts to the University of Utah until you have received a letter from the Department of Chemical Engineering indicating that your application has progressed through the preliminary evaluations. All transcripts must be mailed directly to:          University of Utah Admissions Office
    201 South 1460 East, Room 250 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USADo not mail transcripts to the Chemical Engineering Department; applications sent directly to the department will not be uploaded to the application. The GPA equivalent (on a 4.0 scale) of students whose undergraduate institution is outside the U.S. will be calculated by the University of Utah Office of Admissions.
  • GRE Test Score – GRE scores are required of all applicants. Scores must be no more than 2 years old and must be sent directly to the Department of Chemical Engineering by Education Testing Services (ETS). Our school code is 4853; our department code is 1001.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable) – Official EFL scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office by Education Testing Services (ETS). They may not be more than 2 years old.
  • Written Statement of Purpose – Approximately 1 page describing the applicant’s motivation for seeking a graduate degree.
  • Resume – This is optional, but highly recommended. The resume should include a description of work experience, prior research, publications and presentations, and teaching experience (if any) as well as any relevant awards or scholarships received.
  • Letters of Recommendation – A minimum of three letters of recommendation from individuals that can comment on an applicant’s motivation and professionalism (e.g. professors, supervisors) are required. As part of the application, you will be asked to provide contact information for three references. These references will be notified, via email, to upload their letters of recommendation to your online Apply Yourself account. They will also be asked to fill out a brief recommendation form online before submitting their letters. Individuals providing reference letters must complete and submit letters through the online application system. Hard copy (paper) letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Instructions are provided in the ApplyYourself application form.

The Chemical Engineering Department will notify all students when the University of Utah Admissions Office Application had been received by the department. Applicants can track their University of Utah Admissions Application (Track Application).

Contact Us

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Room 3290 MEB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9203

Phone: (801) 581-6915
Fax: (801) 585-9291