Chemical Engineering


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is waiving the application fee for Fall 2024 admission applications. No waiver or code required.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Emphasis:
  • Advanced and Nanostructured Materials
  • Biorenewables
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Health Care Technology and Biomedical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of study.
  • Form testable hypotheses and articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.
  • Conduct quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Interpret research results appropriately, integrating them into the existing knowledge in the discipline.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate research findings orally and in writing.
  • Conduct independent scholarship in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism.
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.0 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.5 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Chemical & Biological Engineering
Phone: 515-294-7870
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Program
    2114 Sweeney Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1098

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: Yes
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 94
    IELTS 7
    PTE 64
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Fall admission applications: January 15. Applications will be reviewed between December 1 and February 1. Spring admission applications: October 15. Applications will be reviewed between October 1 and November 15. Admissions for M. Engr. degree only made for Fall term.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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