M.S. in Chemical Engineering Admission Requirements

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Admission to the M.S. in Chemical Engineering is highly competitive as we have only a limited amount of spaces for this program. We expect to admit only 3-5 students to this program. Please also review information about opportunities with our Professional Masters in Product Development. The online application is now available at the Graduate Division Website. Applications are only accepted for the Fall semester.

Application Deadline for the M.S. Program

M.S. in Chemical Engineering | Dec 14, 2021 8:59 PM

Application Materials

Admission is granted by the University's Graduate Division on the recommendation of the department. Applicants are required to provide the following:

  • Evidence of superior performance and research experience in the last 2 years of undergraduate studies;
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with the applicant's academic, research, and professional aptitudes, a statement of purpose and a personal history statement.
  • International students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.*

The weight of evidence from all sources determines admission. Most applicants will have completed a typical undergraduate program in chemical engineering. However, admission may be granted to students with undergraduate degrees in a related discipline. In this case, necessary background courses in chemical engineering are taken as part of the program for the first year.

*All international applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by providing test scores from either the TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL is at least a 90 on the (Internet-based test) iBT. You may also submit an IELTS score of an overall Band score of 7 on a 9-point scale.The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if you have studied at a U.S. institution of higher education for at least a year and received grades of B or better. In that case, an official transcript from that institution can be used as evidence of English language proficiency.

The faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at UC Berkeley have determined the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is a proven identifier of race and socio-economic status. Its association with successful completion of the doctorate is minimal, and its fulfillment is an economic burden on applicants. CBE will no longer consider it for admission.

We welcome inquiries concerning admission to our graduate program by email at: chegrad@cchem.berkeley.edu



We are not currently taking applications.