How to Apply

Admission Requirements:

  1. Must hold a B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. International applicants must earn a minimum score of 79 (Internet-based test iBT, or iBT Home Edition, or iBT Paper Edition) or higher on the TOEFL test (TOEFL Essentials is not accepted).  A minimum score of 6.5 or higher is required on the IELTS Academic test (IELTS General Training and IELTS Indicator are not accepted).  A minimum score of 53 or higher is required on the PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online test.  A minimum score of 100 or higher is required on the Duolingo test.
    1. For more information on English Proficiency requirements, please see the UConn Graduate School website.
  3. For all Ph.D. and M.S. applicants applying for the Spring and Fall 2024 semesters, GRE scores are NOT part of our admissions process and will not be considered.

How to Apply:

  1. Apply online to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut. It is preferred that you apply online at the UConn Graduate School website. The online application fee is $75.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Graduate School covering your entire previous academic work (both undergraduate and graduate).  It must meet one of the following criteria:
    1. A cumulative GPA for their most recent degree of 3.0 or higher for the entire degree, or
    2. If the most recent degree is an undergraduate degree or the student has not yet completed their undergraduate degree:
      1. A GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire two most recent years of full-time undergraduate coursework, or
      2. A GPA of 3.5 or higher for the entire most recent year of full-time undergraduate coursework, or
    3. If a student has taken at least one semester of full-time study following the completion of the most recent undergraduate or graduate degree, a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all of their post-degree coursework.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your online application.  If you attended an international university and have one set of original documents or diploma, you can mail them to The Graduate School and they will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you.  Please attach an International Transcripts Cover Sheet with your submission. If you submitted these documents when applying for admission to a university in the US that you currently attend, we will accept copies from the registrar or graduate school if they certify that these documents from your prior university were made from the originals. Official transcripts should be mailed to our Graduate School for verification purposes.

The Graduate School
University of Connecticut
Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

  1. International students must submit English Proficiency scores. We cannot make any decisions about your application without this information.  For the TOEFL, please submit official scores through ETS.  Our University code is 3915.  A departmental code is not needed to submit scores.  Please contact the test center at which you took the IELTS test to request that your scores be sent to the University of Connecticut.  To send PTE scores, please login to your PTE account and follow the directions for sending your scores through their portal.
  2. Submit at least 3 letters of recommendation. To ensure the timely completion of applications, students are encouraged to reach out to their references to inform them of the application deadline.
  3. Submit a personal statement of purpose. Include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and why you selected your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, and any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received will be helpful as well.

Recommended deadlines for completed applications are as follows:

  • January 1 for both full-time M.S. and Ph.D. applications for Fall admission. Late applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until all openings are filled.
  • October 1 for both full-time M.S. and Ph.D. applications for Spring admission. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for Fall admission since Spring admission is not routinely considered.

Financial Aid:

Applicants must indicate in their applications that they are seeking financial aid.

Full-time Ph.D. graduate students generally receive financial aid throughout their tenure of study. Plan A master’s students may also be considered for support based upon availability of funds. Along with financial aid, our attractive benefits package includes discounted medical and dental coverage.

Financial aid awards are based on academic merit and include graduate assistantships (teaching or research), university pre-doctoral fellowships, dissertation fellowships, industrial fellowship, and summer fellowships.

All offers of financial aid will be made in writing, usually at the time admission is offered.

Duties associated with teaching assistantships require approximately 10-20 hours per week and may include grading homework assignments, leading discuss sections, reviewing problem sets with students, and supervising undergraduates in the laboratory. The duties associated with research assistantships and fellowships are somewhat more flexible. Summer research work for additional compensation beyond that normally provided for teaching and/or research duties during the usual academic year is frequently available.

U.S. Student Visa Sponsorship:

Wilbur Cross with fall foliage. Oct. 12, 2021. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)If you are an international student requiring U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office. This request will be sent to you after you have been admitted by the Graduate School.

Please be prepared to submit the following documents to the ISSS Office after you have been admitted:

  1. Financial Declaration Form
  2. Proof of Support
  3. Copy of Support

Once you have been admitted by the Graduate School, you will be sent a link to request an Initial I-20/DS-2019 where you will be required to upload the materials mentioned above.

Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS Office at


Any offer of admission and financial aid will be made in writing and must be accepted within the period of time stated in the offer letter.

More information can be found on our FAQ. Requests for additional information about the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Program should be directed to the Graduate Committee Chair or Graduate Program Secretary.

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Dr. Matthew Stuber

Chair, Graduate Committee
(860) 486-3689

Kristen Wood

Administrative Coordinator
(860) 486-0316
(860) 486-2959