The faculty is comprised of eight internationally known researchers and academians, who consistently strive to provide students with a strong, well-rounded background for immediate entry into the industrial workplace or graduate study. Graduate study at the University of Idaho will prepare you for employment in areas such as pulp and paper, environmental engineering, electronic materials processing, food processing, nuclear power, petroleum and petrochemicals, synthetic fuels, plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, education, biomedical engineering, computer applications, microelectronics, and alternate energy sources.
The Degree Programs Offered:
The Master of Science degree requires 10 credits of directed thesis study and 20 credits of coursework. The Master of Engineering option requires 30 credits of coursework that includes a written project report. It typically takes two to three semesters to complete the requirements for a MS or ME degree.
The PhD requires a minimum of 78 credits beyond the BS degree, of which 52 credits MUST be in 500-above courses. In addition, at least 33 of the 78 credits MUST be in courses other than ChE 600 (directed PhD study).
If you hold a BS or advanced degree in an allied field such as chemistry, physics, or another engineering discipline, you will be required to register as undergraduate students for as many semesters as it takes to meet the prerequisites to the courses required in the MS ChE degree program.
The Application Process:
Please apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Once your file is completed the Office of Graduate Admissions will route your admissions material directly to our department for consideration. Your application packet should contain a personal data form and three letters of recommendation, in addition to your TOEFL and GRE scores and a certified copy of your transcript(s).
All international students from non-English speaking countries are REQUIRED to take the TOEFL exam. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) and 225 (computer-based) is required to be considered for admission to the Chemical Engineering Graduate Program. The Graduate School does not waive the TOEFL requirement in favor of any other examination. Applicants will not be evaluated without receipt of TOEFL scores. Foreign students whose BS degree is from a US or Canadian university are not required to take the TOEFL exam.
In order to be considered for admission into the graduate program in chemical engineering, the applicant needs to have a GRE score of at least 1450 (combined Analytical and Quantitative) or, if taking the new GRE test, a 5 or greater in the written Analytical section and 725 or better in the Quantitative section.
The following priority deadlines ensure plenty of time for the University to process your application, route your admissions file for consideration into the ChE graduate program and the necessary processing time to receive your student visa.
Students admitted into our graduate program are usually offered financial assistance in the form of Graduate Assistantships. These assistantships are research appointments in the department to support thesis-related research. No additional duties beyond the usual coursework and thesis research are required. Please note that the Admissions Office will not process your application until they receive a statement of financial responsibility. This is normally in the form of a letter from your bank or sponsoring agency stating that you have sufficient funds for your graduate education, as well as a supplemental form with your application. If you are offered an Assistantship, the Chemical Engineering department will complete the financial responsibility form and send it to Admissions.
If you are offered admission with an assistantship and you decide to accept, then you must do so by the date indicated in your offer letter. If you decline our offer, please do so at the earliest so we can consider other qualified applicants. If you are put on the waiting list, please notify us immediately of your continuing interest in our graduate program.
Waiver of Application Fee:
The Department cannot waive or defer this fee. The Admissions Office will not process your I-20 until your fee is paid. All checks submitted for payment must be drawn on a US bank.