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Grad Students

Application Process

To gain admission to the UW Chemical Engineering graduate program, a student must apply to both the UW Graduate School and the Chemical Engineering Department. It is essential that both the Graduate School and the Chemical Engineering Department receive the materials they require by the deadlines to be considered for admission.

  • The UW Graduate School oversees all graduate programs. It collects basic application data and enforces certain minimum standards.
  • The Chemical Engineering Department administers the chemical engineering program. It collects additional data (details of professional experience, honors, and letters of recommendation, etc.) and imposes additional standards. Its Graduate Admissions Committee—a group of three faculty members—reviews each case.
We regret that we cannot accept all qualified applicants. In particular, we can admit only a few international applicants. To be competitive, such applicants must be highly ranked (top 5%) in a respected chemical engineering program,  show evidence if ability to carry out independent research and score at least 92 (internet-based) on the TOEFL. The GRE is optional. If it is submitted, we will consider it, however we will mark applications as complete and consider them without the scores. For specific Graduate School English Proficiency Requirements review Memo 8, and for Conditions of Appointment for TAs who are not Native Speakers of English review Memo 15.

Dates

We strongly prefer that students apply for Autumn Quarter (September) admission, in which case the following timetable applies (note that these dates do not apply for those applying to the Data Science MS program, we have extended the deadline through June 15 for that degree track):
 
   
December 15
(prior year)
International applicants urged to have submitted all required materials.
January 1 Domestic applicants urged to have submitted all required materials.
Early January Application review begins and continues until we reach our offer target, usually in mid-March. The application dates listed are not hard deadlines; we process late applications whenever they are complete, but they are at a disadvantage.
April 15 Admitted applicants must either accept or decline our offer. If the number accepting is below our target, we might make additional offers.
July 1 Official closure of admissions.

Those wishing to be admitted for winter or spring quarters must have completed at least one year of graduate course work in chemical engineering and should be aware that the chances of admission during off-quarters is sharply reduced because we do nearly all of our lab placements in autumn and we usually have either no or very few projects open for new students at other times of the year.


Step-by-Step Applying for International Applicants

An international student is anyone who is not a U.S. citizen and does not hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa. International students already studying in the U.S. must also use this procedure.

  1. If you wish us to consider it, the GRE and have scores reported to the UW (School code 4854). However, the GRE is optional.
  2. Unless you are exempt, take the TOEFL (UW is phasing out accepting IELTS. Any test with a date after Nov 1, 2016 cannot be accepted.) and have scores reported to the UW (School code 4854). The minimum score to place out of additional English language instruction is a 92 and the minimum speak score to qualify to serve as a Teaching Assistant is a 26 (nearly all Ph.D. students will serve in this capacity while M.S. students do not).
  3. Apply to UW Graduate School. All applicants apply online; there is no paper-based application form. Submit the following materials:
    • Unofficial transcripts and degree statements from each college and university you have attended (preferably in pdf format). Do not send official transcripts; if admitted you will be asked to submit official transcripts directly to the Graduate School.
    • Letters of recommendation: Ask three people to provide evaluations. The most useful and influential evaluations are from professors and other technical professionals who know our program and have recommended other students. Include at least one professor from the school most recently attended. Designate these recommenders in the online application and request that the letters be submitted online (not mailed to the department).
    • Personal Statement: Please provide a statement (suggested length of 1 page) describing your goals for graduate school, your reason for applying to the University of Washington, and any other background information you would like us to consider.
    • Optional: resume/cv and writing sample (an article, written in English, submitted to or published in a journal, is the only writing sample accepted; limit of one per applicant).

NOTE: You will be considered for financial support unless you are applying for the non-thesis Masters degree.


Step-by-Step Applying for Domestic Applicants

The following applies if you are a U.S. citizen or hold a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa
NOTE: You will be considered for financial support unless you are applying for the non-thesis Master's degree.
  1. If you wish us to consider it, the GRE and have scores reported to the UW (School code 4854). However, the GRE is optional.
  2. Apply to the UW Graduate School. All applicants apply online; there is no paper-based application form. Submit the following materials online:
    • Unofficial transcripts from each college and university you have attended (preferably in pdf format). Do not send official transcripts to the UW Graduate School or the Chemical Engineering department; if admitted you will be asked to send official transcripts directly to the Graduate School.
    • Letters of recommendation: Ask three people to provide evaluations. The most useful and influential evaluations are from professors and other technical professionals who know our program and have recommended other students. Include at least one professor from the school you most recently attended. Designate these recommenders in the online application and request that the letters be submitted online (not mailed to the department).
    • Personal statement: Please provide a statement (suggested length of 1 page) describing your goals for graduate school, your reason for applying the University of Washington, and any other background information you would like us to consider.
    • Optional: resume/CV and/or writing sample (an article submitted to or published in a journal is the only writing sample accepted; limit of one per applicant).