Graduate School Admission Requirements

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes both domestic and international applications from well-qualified students. Competitive applicants will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related engineering or science discipline.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher is preferred. Applicants with a GPA between 3.0/4.0 and 3.5/4.0 can also be considered for admission. (A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required by the Graduate School.)
  • GRE scores in the top quartile
  • For international applicants a TOEFL score of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required. (International applicants from a country that has English as its official language, or who have earned a degree from an American university are exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.)

If you have questions regarding graduate study in Chemical and Biological Engineering at CSU, please see the Frequently Asked Questions at the Graduate Program Info link at the right. You can also direct enquiries to the Graduate Adviser. Individual faculty do not respond to requests for information unless they are directed through the email address listed above. Please do not send application materials directly to faculty for their review. Faculty cannot review materials from applicants who do not complete an application.

All Applicants:

All applications to the graduate program must be made online through the graduate school website: Graduate School. Please review the Graduate School information regarding application requirements in addition to the following information.

The online application requires submission of a Personal Statement. This should clearly indicate the applicant’s background and areas of research interest. If your personal statement is too long to fit on the online application, it may be sent via email to the Graduate Adviser.

In addition to the online application at the Graduate School website, all applicants should have the following items sent directly to the Department:

  • Three letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes. These may be sent individually by the recommenders. Recommenders may use the form available at this link, or they may submit a candid letter that addresses the applicant’s academic credentials and potential for success in our graduate program. If the form is not used, letters should be written on the recommender’s official letterhead.
  • Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts from each college or university attended are required regardless of the length of attendance, including courses in progress. Final records will be required upon completion of the course or degree. ALL records submitted must be in the native language; any credentials written in languages other than English MUST be accompanied by a certified English translation (Colorado State University transcripts are not required).

These items should be sent to:

Graduate Advisor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1370

  • Official GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS scores, if required) should be reported to the Department by the testing service. The Institution Code for CSU is 4075 and the Department code for Chemical Engineering is 1001. Note: Official scores are often not received by the Department before the application deadline. It is acceptable for an applicant to report their scores on the Graduate School website for the purpose of completing the application on time. However, official scores must be received from the testing service before applicants can be formally admitted.


Application Deadlines:
All application materials must be received by the following dates:
Fall semester: January 15
Spring semester: September 15
Enquiries about the graduate program may be directed to Graduate Adviser

International Applicants:

In addition to the items above, international applicants must also submit proof of adequate financial support to the Admissions office. See the Graduate School website for more information. This information is not required by the Department for review of applications, but is required prior to the applicant being admitted to the program.