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Chemical Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

The Chemical Engineering Program is designed to provide advanced work in a core of transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction engineering. Students conduct research on a diverse range of projects due to multidisciplinary strengths, including nanotechnology, drug delivery, cancer detection/treatment, renewable energy, clean semiconductor manufacturing, water treatment and reuse, atmospheric chemistry and physics, life cycle assessment, electrochemistry, and applied quantum chemistry. There are especially strong interdisciplinary links to the Environmental Engineering Program, which has long-standing strengths in water and wastewater treatment science and technology as well as technology transfer, hazardous waste treatment, development of environmentally-friendly technologies for industry, and air quality research. This department’s environmental research contributes to the UA being one of the top ranked world programs in environmental science research.

Departmental research takes advantage of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center (, the BIO5 Institute (, the Micro/Nano Fabrication Center (, and various facilities associated with the Institute for Energy Solutions (

Students in this program have a good track record of receiving financial aid from both university and federal fellowships. Graduates of this program most commonly obtain jobs in industry, government organizations, consulting, and continue on to advanced education to enter academia.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Chemical and Environmental Engineering -

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Grace Marie Fuller
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Marie Fuller
Director of Graduate Studies
Adam D Printz
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

These items can be sent through the Graduate College online application.

  • Graduate College Application for either domestic or international students
  • Application processing fee: $85 for degree-seeking domestic students, $95 for international students and $45 for non-degree-seeking students
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official scores from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CEFR exam (required for international students only; university code is 4832, chemical engineering code is 1001; environmental engineering code is 1103)
  • Official scores from the GRE (required for all applicants, both domestic and international; university code is 4832, chemical engineering code is 1001, environmental engineering code is 1103); scores above the 90th percentile are recommended for the analytical and quantitative sections
  • Unofficial electronic copies of transcripts from previous academic work

Test Scores: 
The institution code for the University of Arizona is 4832, which you chose when you register for tests like the TOEFL or GRE. Results are sent electronically to the university, typically within two weeks of the test date. After your application is submitted, our search/match system will attempt daily to match your test scores to your GradApp record. Please make sure the name on your tests matches the name on the application to avoid missing scores. The department code is helpful but not necessary.

English Proficiency:
English proficiency is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 60 on the revised paper-based (PB) (550 on PBT taken before 2017) or 79 internet-based (iBT); an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score of 7 or better, with no subject area score below a 6; a Pearson PTE Academic (PTE) score of 60 or better; or a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) score of level C1 or better. Individual departments may require a higher score and have minimum score requirements by test module. 

All applicants must submit their GRE General Test scores. No minimum score is required. GRE scores will be considered together with all other documentation submitted by applicants.

Review Process

After the application deadline passes, the faculty will review all of the applications and make recommendations for admissions. If you are recommended for admissions, the department will email you. At this time, the Graduate College may request original transcripts for verification. They will send you your actual admissions paperwork by post, or contact you by email if you are missing any items such as your degree certificate, original transcripts or financial guarantee. Applications for the fall semester application are reviewed in February and March.

NOTE: The Graduate College recommends a deadline for applicants, our department reserves the right to extend the deadline as listed above.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or CEFR and GRE

Minimum TOEFL: 60 on revised paper based (550 if taken before 2017)
Minimum IELTS: 7
Minimum PTE: 60
Minimum CEFR: C1

Minimum GRE Verbal: no minimum
Minimum GRE Quantitative: no minimum
Minumum GRE Written: no minimum

Financial Aid

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1001 - CHE

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30
Core coursework: 12 units of required courses:

CHEE 502, 505, 506, 530
Language requirements:
Other requirements:

Thesis MS:
12 units of elective courses in chemical engineering or related fields
1 unit of seminar (CHEE 696A)
5 units of MS Thesis (CHEE 910). The thesis must be successfully defended before a committee.

Non-thesis MS:
15 units of elective courses in chemical engineering or related fields
3 units of CHEE 909 (Masters report) or 2 units of CHEE 594 (Practicum) + 1 unit of CHEE 909

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 04 Feb 2019