Graduate Admissions

The Texas A&M University formal graduate admission process is administered by the Office of Admissions.

Applicants must submit all requirements by the listed deadline.  Once a complete application is received, the departmental graduate admission and recruiting committee decides whether admissions is granted.  Since admission is highly competitive, it serves the applicant well to begin and complete the application early.

The application deadline for the graduate program are:

  • December 1 for admission for the fall semester
  • October 1 for admission for the spring semester

These deadlines are strictly enforced.  This is due to several reasons, among them that all of our Ph.D. students are fully supported and we need to plan our financial aid as well as to allow time for the international students to obtain visas.  Also, keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of the students enter the program in the fall.

Once the application has been started, progress can be monitored online through the Applicant Information System (AIS).

Application Checklist

More information on each of these items can be found by visiting the Office of Admissions website

ApplyTexas Application

The application can be found online at ApplyTexas.  2 to 5 business days (longer during peak times) after you have submitted the application, you should receive an email acknowledgement that it was received the by the Office of Admissions.  In this email you will receive your University Identification Number (UIN) and instructions on setting up access to track your application on the Applicant Information System (AIS) website. 

Application Fee

All applicants who are US citizens or US permanent residents do not need to pay the application fee as the department will pay the fee for them (choose the pay-by check option for submitting the application).  A non-refundable application fee of $90 for international applicants is required.

Statement of Purpose

A one to two page essay on why you would like to purse a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M.  It is also helpful to include are of interest, relevant experience, and plans for your graduate research.  The statement of purpose should be submitted through ApplyTexas.

Departmental Data Sheet

The Department Data Sheet should be completed once you have access to the AIS website.  The department cannot view your application until the data sheet has been completed, so failure to complete this form will greatly delay your application.  Completing the form will allow the department to have a quick summary of your academic history and you may update it at any time.  For GPA purposes, please report a raw score, such as 3.5 out of 4, or 8.9 out of 10.

Test Scores

GRE test scores are required for all applicants.  Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date of the application.  Use code 6003 for reporting (Departmental code not needed).  While there is no minimum GRE score required, the average quantitative GRE score for students accepted is 165; the average verbal GRE score is 156.

Verification of English proficiency can be achieved by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 internet-based or GRE Verbal score of 146. Those graduate applicants not verified must take the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) prior to registering for courses in their first semester. The ELPE evaluates English skills in the area of grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, written composition, and oral communication.

Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts are required for admission.  However, for application review, you may upload your transcript through AIS.  If you are admitted, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be submitted to the Office of Admissions.  Official transcripts can be mailed to the address below:

If you are an International applicant:

International Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX 77842-4002 

Or

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001 

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are submitted electronically through the AIS system.  Three letters are required and it is recommend they be from faculty members (preferably) or other persons who can discuss your potential for graduate work in chemical engineering.  Letters must be request through the AIS system by the applicant.  Recommenders will then receive instructions on how to submit their letter.