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Sample preparation for photochemistry researchThe Department's doctoral program offers financially attractive research assistantships, which include a generous stipend, full tuition waiver, and a health insurance subsidy.
A Masters degree is not needed in order to apply to the Ph.D. program. Doctoral students have the option of obtaining a masters degree while pursuing the Ph.D.

While most applicants for the graduate program have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, this is not necessarily a requirement. The field of chemical engineering is broad in its scope, so applicants who hold degrees in chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials science, or any engineering discipline are encouraged to apply. Students admitted to our program with such backgrounds are normally required to complete some undergraduate chemical engineering courses. The exact program is tailored to each applicant's previous training.


The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering requires a statement of intent, three letters of recommendation, a GRE score, a CV/resume, and an unofficial transcript. The TOEFL score is required for those in which English is not their first language, except for those who have completed a degree in the US. The department does not have any minimum score requirements, except for the TOEFL score requirements posed by the Graduate School. For applicants who have completed work beyond a bachelor's degree, records of both graduate and undergraduate work are taken into account.


All graduate applications are online and centralized through the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, with decisions being made by individual departments. To begin the application process, go to the graduate school admissions gateway.


The application deadline for fall admission is January 15th. Under certain situations, applications received after January 15th may still be considered. Please contact the CBE Department at cbe@nd.edu if for some reason you cannot meet the January 15th deadline. Offers of admission and financial aid may be made in advance of January 15th, if a completed application is on file. Although official scores are required, applications can be submitted with unofficial GRE and TOEFL scores before the official scores are sent by the exam system. Applications may be submitted before receipt of scores or recommendation letters and will be reviewed once it is complete.

The Ph.D. program is accepting applications for Spring. The deadline is October 1.

Application Fee

The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions will not process an application until the $75 application fee has been received. The application fee is automatically waived for all US citizens and permanent residents. Non-US citizens who are enrolled in a degree program or have received a degree from a US institution should contact cbe@nd.edu before completion of the online application to arrange for a possible fee waiver.


All applicants are required to take the GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical). Official scores from ETS are required in order to receive an admissions decision. Test dates are available throughout the year and may be scheduled through ETS, the independent testing agency that conducts the testing. To get desired test dates and to ensure that scores are received in a timely fashion, early registration is recommended. More specific information concerning these tests and online registration can be found at www.gre.org or by writing to:

Graduate Record Examinations
CN 6000 Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

Applicants should request that the results of all tests be sent using our institution code 1841 or to:

Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Room 502, Administration Building
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5602

To have scores uploaded to your application after you have already submitted the application, please send the scores to gradapp@nd.edu and include your name, email, date of birth, and test registration number.


National Awards

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for competitive national fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Students who receive these awards may have their stipends augmented as permitted by the donating agency in accordance with departmental policy. Any applicant from a foreign country should inquire as to the availability of financial aid from his or her government. Augmentation of stipends from these awards may also be possible.


If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us at cbe@nd.edu.

If you have questions about your application requirements or status once you have submitted, please contact Graduate Admissions at gradapp@nd.edu and include your date of birth.