In order to apply to our graduate programs, prospective students must have completed a regular four-year course in chemical engineering, or a related discipline at a recognized university with better than a B average. Admission is based on overall academic performance, recommendation letters, statement of purpose, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores (if applicable). Admission to the PhD program is further based on a demonstrated commitment to a research-based career via prior research experience. Note that our Masters and PhD degree programs are uncoupled: applicants to the PhD program do not need to have a Master’s degree to be considered for admission, and admitted Carnegie Mellon PhD students do not need to first complete a Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon. For more details about the application process, please see the Application Checklist below.
Financial Aid and Costs
Masters-level students provide their own financial support for their studies either from their own resources, employer programs, foundations or governmental agency sources. Masters-level students carrying 36 or more units, a course load for a full-time student, are charged tuition and fees and must carry health insurance. The amount of credit given for each course is measured in units. A unit is equivalent to one-third of a semester credit or semester hour and represents one hour a week spent in either class attendance or outside preparation, throughout a semester of about 14 weeks. Tuition rates are set by the Carnegie Institute of Technology (the college of engineering) and are subject to change without notice, but typically change on an annual basis. Student fees and University-provided health insurance costs are set by the University in consultation with the Graduate Student Association and are also subject to change without notice, but typically change on an annual basis. Tuition and fees are due and payable at the time of semester registration. These fees do not include books and course supplies. Current Carnegie Institute of Technology tuition rates and University fees for graduate students are summarized here along with estimates for room, board and miscellaneous expenses: CIT Cost of Attendance. Health insurance options, costs and waivers are described here: Student Health Insurance.
PhD-level students are provided with tuition and stipend support via governmental agency, foundation, employer, research grant, research contract and/or college and departmental sources as long as they remain graduate students in good standing. PhD students are responsible for University fees and must carry health insurance. Fees are due and payable at the time of semester registration. These fees do not include books and course supplies. Current University fees for graduate students and costs for University-provided health insurance are summarized here along with estimates for room, board and miscellaneous expenses: CIT Cost of Attendance. Health insurance options, costs and waivers are described here: Student Health Insurance.
Applications should be submitted using the online application. The online form is designed to permit you to edit and revise your application until you are satisfied. Once submitted on-line, you can check on the status of your application online, at any time.
Mail the following items to:
Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Manager
Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Doherty Hall A207D
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
*Please upload copies of your statement of purpose, resume, transcripts, and financial support documents (master's applicants only) with your Apply Yourself application. Please do not mail additional hard copies of these documents. Also, please refrain from mailing by post other supporting documents such as publications, certificates, or CDs. These items will not be filed with your application and cannot be held by the department.
1. An official copy of your GRE score report from ETS. Please use Institution Code 2074 and Department Code 1001. Please note that photocopies will not be accepted. (Computer-based scores from China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan from the years 2001 and 2002 will not be accepted.)
2. A legible, scanned or digitized copy of your transcripts and degree certificates (if applicable). If your transcript is in a language other than English, you must upload an English translation; do not upload the foreign language version. Official transcripts will be requested upon admission into the program.
3. If you are an international student and your native language is not English, an official copy of your TOEFL score report is required and should be reported directly from ETS to Carnegie Mellon University. Please use Institution Code 2074 and Department Code 64. We also accept the IELTS Academic exam, with a minimum score requirement of 7.00. Please request that official copies be mailed to our department to the attention of the Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Manager. Please note that photocopies of either exam will not be accepted.
4. Application processing fee. The fee is $65 USD and may be paid either online using a credit card at the time of application submission or via a check or money order payable to "Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemical Engineering." Please note, your application will not be processed or reviewed until the application fee has been received.
5. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Note that we prefer to have at least two letters from faculty at your current academic institution, or most recent institution if you’ve already graduated. For applications to our research-based graduate degree programs, we also prefer that you include at least one letter from a faculty member, industrial researcher, or government lab researcher who has supervised you in a research setting.
Once all of these items are received by the Graduate Admissions Office, your application will be complete. You can check on the status of your application on-line with your pin and password. All admissions decisions for Fall starting semesters will be complete by April 15th each year.