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The GRE requirement has been waived for spring 2021 and fall 2021.  Information on how to meet English language requirements can be found here.


Admissions

Where can I check the status of my application?

All student will apply and check the status of their application online through the EngineeringCAS portal.  Admitted students will receive an email from the department, as soon as a decision has been made.

On what basis are admissions decisions made?

Admissions decisions are based on evaluation of your complete undergraduate (and graduate) record, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Generally, a minimum GPR of 3.3 is required to be considered for admission into the graduate program. However, note that the average GPR for admitted students in previous years was 3.65. 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. Each candidate is evaluated individually by the departmental graduate admission and recruiting committee that makes admission recommendations to the graduate school. International students should be in the top 10 percent of their class

Is it possible to tell me what my chances are of being accepted before I apply?

Regrettably, the department does not have the resources to offer pre-screening of applications. It is recommended that you contact the advising staff at your own undergraduate institution for an evaluation of your current record and suggestions regarding where to apply for graduate school. Your undergraduate record, performance on the GRE, any undergraduate research experience, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement are all considered in our decision regarding admission.

Can I receive a Fee Waiver?

All applicants who are a US resident or US permanent resident are eligible for a fee waiver.  This process is now automated by completing the residency questions in the begging of the application.  If you believe you are eligible for a waiver, but do not see it in EngineeringCAS, please contact the Graduate Office prior to making you own payment.   EngineeringCAS does not issue refunds in such cases and we are not able to return your money.

Applications that have not completed the Fee portion will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed.

What is the deadline for applying?

  • Fall
    • Dec. 1 for international applicants
    • Dec. 15 for domestic applicants
  • Spring
    • Oct. 1 for all applicants
    • Dec. 15 for Quick admit applications

These deadlines apply for all students applying for financial aid from the department. Applications received after the deadline can be considered for the next full semester.

Where do I send my GRE and TOEFL scores?

GRE scores are not required for the Fall 2021 application cycle.  If you would like to report your score, you may self-report in the Academic History section of the application.

International students will need to submit official scores to the University if you wish to meet the English Language requirement with the verbal section score. Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to EngineeringCAS (use code 4119). Test scores should be from a test date within five years of the date of the application.

Note: Students who have had their official GRE test scores sent to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions prior to submitting their application through EngineeringCAS WILL NOT be required to send the scores again to EngineeringCAS. 

TOEFL official test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to EngineeringCAS (use code B887) to be considered official.

IELTS official test scores must be submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston). Please note: there may be multiple instances of Texas A&M University.

To get a PhD degree, must I first get a Master of Science degree?

No, the M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree. In fact, there are more students that enter the Ph.D. program with a B.S. than with a M.S.

What if I have a non-chemical engineering undergraduate degree?

The department offers a science majors program that is available and is described in our graduate handbook for those who have undergraduate degrees in science or engineering, but not in chemical engineering. These students may be required to take selected undergraduate courses in the chemical engineering department, and possibly additional chemistry courses depending on their background. Admission to the department and the science major program is made on a case-by-case basis.

I am an International Student, do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?

International students are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for review purposes, but are required to submit scores if they are admitted.   Students who have been accepted will be required to provide proof of English Language Certification in one of 4 ways: score of 80 overall or higher on the TOEFL exam, scores a 6.0 or higher on the IELTS speaking section, a score of 146 on the GRE verbal section, or receive an undergraduate degree from a US University.

What is the deadline for accepting an offer of admission?

The standard deadline for accepting an offer of admission is April 15. However, we would appreciate your letting us know of your acceptance decision as soon as possible. This will enable us to equitably distribute our financial aid to all qualified applicants.

Is spring semester admission possible?

Spring admissions are possible. However, the overwhelming majority of newly admitted graduate students will enter the program in the fall semester.


Funding

What kind of funding will I receive as a PhD student?

PhD students currently receive a stipend of $2,300 per month.  In addition to a stipend, the cost of tuition, all fees, and health insurance are provided.  On average a PhD student is responsible for a few one-time fees their first semester plus any optional services selected (parking, sports pass, etc.) in future semesters. 

Support for Ph.D. students is provided by the department through a TA position until a research advisor is chosen during the first semester.  The support is then continued by the research advisor.

During the first semester, PhD student can expect to pay several one times fees such as New Graduate Student Fee, International Orientation fee, Deposit.  International Students may also be expected to cover Health Insurance during the first month.  More information can be found on can be found on ISS’s website.

As a Master of Science student, are there any opportunities for TA positions?

Masters students typically do not receive funding.  TA opportunities are not guaranteed and availability depends on funding and/or need.  The decisions are made semester to semester, so Students should make appropriate plans to cover the cost of their program. 


Advisor Selection

Do I need to contact Faculty before I am admitted?

Students do not need to contact Faculty prior to being admitted or arriving.  All students (who are not assigned to a research group at the time of admission) will participate in the Advisor Selection Process.

How do I select my research advisor?

Advisor selection is the process for all new students (who are not pre-assigned to a research group at the time of admission) to find and join a Research Group.  It is held in the Fall semester each year.  Faculty who are accepting students will present in 30 minute slots during Seminar four to six times a week.  Presentations will continue until all have presented.

Students should remember funding are determined each year and there is no guarantee that a particular Faculty member will have an opening.  Potential funding opportunities are takin into consideration during the Admissions process.


Graduate Student Experience

Can I take an internship during my degree?

Students are able to complete an internship during their degree. 

What is the first year experience like?

Our first-year students study two core courses during the first semester (thermodynamics, and mathematics) and may have teaching/grading responsibilities during this semester. The most important decision that students have to make during their first semester is which research advisor to work for. The choice of a research advisor usually determines the field of research and the research project and the research supervisor will serve as the primary contact person for the student from then on. In the second semester, students usually take the last two core course (transport and kinetics) and spend a significant portion of their time working on their research project.

How long does it take to get a graduate degree?

The answer depends primarily on the student. A Master of Science degree typically takes two years to complete. A Ph.D. degree typically requires three to six years beyond the Bachelor of Science, with five years being the average.

When do I take the Qualifying Exam?

Students take the Qualifying exam once every year in January. All PhD students are expected to take the exam after their first fall semester in residency. If necessary, a second round of exams will be held later in the Spring semester.

The qualifying exam will consist of an oral exam and written abstract. As part of this exam, they will choose a paper and critique it for 15 min, followed by open-ended questions on the paper/topic and chemical engineering fundamentals for 15 min. Students will be randomly assigned a paper. The papers will be on core chemical engineering subjects and will be selected from Journals such as AIChE Journal, IECR Research, J Heat Transfer, Soft Matter, Journal of Fluids, J Applied Physics, etc. Students will not have the option of returning it to the pile and picking a different paper. Students will select their paper before the holidays start in December and will have ~ 6 weeks to prepare for the exam.


Pre/After Arrival Information

What do I do after I have been admitted?

After a student has been admitted and accepted, they should work on submitting any missing admissions documents and applying for visas/I-20 (for international students).  The Graduate Office will contact all students after the April 15th deadline to provide more information and a time line for the weeks prior to enrollment.

When can I register and what courses should I select?

Students will register through Howdy each semester.  Prior to your first semester, Domestic students may register before they arrive.  International students will not be able to register until they have arrived and completed the check-in process with ISS.

What do I do if I don’t know anyone at Texas A&M University?

While Texas A&M is a large campus, there are organizations and groups for everyone to find a place.  ChEGSA (Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association) will offer peer mentoring for new incoming students.  This will allow new students to ask questions to current students and have a resource already on campus.  ChEGSA also offers a variety of Professional Development and social activities throughout the year, as well as the Welcome Back Dinner at the start of the Fall semester.

ISS has a cumulative list of International Student Organizations and cultural groups already established.  These groups are a good resource for you before you arrive.  Groups like IGSA (Indian Graduate Student Association) have an extensive list of pre and post arrival steps and offer a link to current students who have been through the process.


If you still have questions about admission to the program or the program itself, contact che-admissions@tamu.edu.