Prospective Graduate Students

Please note: Although the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering does not require all application materials to be submitted at once, the reviewing process is expedited when materials are submitted simultaneously.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering encourages all applicants to utilize the new online application system in order to streamline the application process. To apply online, please visit the Graduate School website.

Prospective students unable to complete the online application can email chbegrad@colorado.edu to obtain a PDF file of the Graduate Admissions Application.
Download the supplemental Departmental Questionnaire.

ApplyApply via Mail

Please send transcripts and other required supporting materials to the appropriate address below using standard mail, including USPS Priority and Express.

Domestic Applicants

     Graduate Admissions
     University of Colorado Boulder
     3100 Marine St Suite A122
     553 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

All International Applicants

     Office of Admissions/International
     University of Colorado Boulder
     3100 Marine St Suite A122
     65 UCB
     Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Domestic and International Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions (no set deadline) for spring terms
     
  • Fall Domestic and International Application Deadline: January 8, 2014
     

Application Materials

   Online Application
   Departmental Questionnaire
   Official Transcripts
One official transcript must be submitted from each undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate institution attended. This includes community colleges and any school attended for which credit has been awarded.
   Official GRE Scores
The University of Colorado Boulder school code is 4841. There is no need to input a department code for GRE scores. Please contact the testing service to have official scores sent directly to the University of Colorado Boulder. Unofficial scores will not be accepted.
   Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Students Only)
Please make sure to contact the testing service to have official scores sent directly to the University of Colorado Boulder. Unofficial scores will not be accepted. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for students who qualify under the following conditions: a) the student’s native language is English, or b) the student has completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. Institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language), at the time of submission, or within two years from the desired admission term. Students with questions as to whether they qualify for the TOEFL exemption should email chbegrad@colorado.edu. The minimum TOEFL for our department is 100 (IBT) and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Letters of Recommendation

Applications are considered complete with three letters of recommendation. Letters of Recommendation help the Graduate Admissions Committee learn more about the qualifications and experiences of prospective students. Applicants should choose recommenders that can help relay a holistic view of his or her past experiences. Many students elect to have former professors, supervisors or industry colleagues submit letters on their behalf.

Application Fee

There is a $70.00 for all international graduate applicants. Application fees are payable by credit using the online application. Visa or MasterCard are accepted.

Application Fee Waived for All Domestic Applicants!
If you are from a US Institution, and submit your application between September 1st and January 1st, the department will waive your fee. Simply fill out your application online and indicate that you will pay by “check or moneyorder”, and your fee will be waived.

Applications submitted between January 2nd and August 31st will be subject to the $50.00 domestic application fee. Please contact chbegrad@colorado.edu with any questions.

Notification Process

Application Status: An application for admission will only be considered complete upon receipt of all of the materials listed above. Letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and official testing scores must be signed or stamped as official on the envelope seal. Upon the receipt of all parts of the application for admission, files are submitted for review to the Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee considers all aspects of the graduate application for admission. Once the committee has made a complete assessment of the application, the prospective student will be contacted and informed of the final admissions decision.

Diversity Initiative

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering particularly encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups. Click here to learn more about the University of Colorado at Boulder Diversity Initiative.

ApplyChBE Graduate Program Application Deadlines
 

  • Spring 2014 Domestic and International Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions (no set deadline) for spring terms
     
  • Fall 2014 Domestic and International Application Deadline: January 8, 2014
     
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The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers full departmental financial aid (including tuition remission and a monthly stipend) for all students accepted to the PhD program. No other forms are needed to be eligible for departmental financial assistance. Students automatically receive aid if accepted to the department as a PhD student. Most students work as Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Research Assistants (RAs) to earn this financial assistance while in the department. Students accepted to solely the MS program or on a part-time basis are not eligible to receive any departmental funding.