Chemical Engineering


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    At ISU we are dedicated to your success as a graduate student. Iowa State University has a two-step application process. The first step is free and will generally be reviewed within two weeks. That outcome will determine if you are invited to apply for the second step. Students that are encouraged to submit a full application as part of the second step can update their profile. Transcripts, English proficiency scores (for international students), and letter of recommendations are required for step two.
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: Pre-applications will be reviewed between November 15 and January 15. Full applications will be reviewed between December 1 and February 1. Spring admission applications: Pre-applications will be reviewed between September 15 and October 15. Full applications will be reviewed between October 1 and November 15. Admissions for M. Eng. degree only made for Fall term.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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