University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemical Engineering

Admission and Application Process

Admission and Applying

Applications for domestic and permanent residents will be considered after the $105.00 application fee has been paid. Applications for international students will be considered after the application fee of $125.00 has been paid.


Application Deadlines for Fall 2019:

December 1, 2018: priority for financial support consideration
January 5, 2019: Application deadline with financial support consideration 

Applications received after January 5th may still be considered depending on the availability of the remaining resources. For Fall Quarter (beginning in September), the deadline of Admission and Fellowship consideration for both Domestic (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents) and Foreign (International) applicants is January 5th. The Admissions Committee will only review an application once the application has been officially submitted and for international students the application fee has been paid.

Application Process

Applicants to the graduate program should hold a degree in Chemical/Environmental Engineering or a related field.  A master's degree in NOT a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program.  Additional requirements are: A minimum 3.2 GPA from undergraduate studies, three strong letters of recommendation, and a minimum of a 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

All students admitted are expected to satisfy the prerequisites for graduate courses (check here for details). Under special circumstances, students who have not completed the undergraduate requirements may be conditionally admitted with the promise that deficiencies are corrected within the first year of graduate study. However, courses taken for this purpose do not count towards an advanced degree.

International students, permanent residents, and even U.S. citizens whose native language is not English and who do not have a bachelor's or postgraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test and 80 for the internet based test (iBT).  International students can also take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  An overall score of 7, with no individual section score less than 6 is required.

In general, financial support will not be provided for international students whose primary goal is for a Masters degree. International applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must apply to the Ph.D. program.

Apply Online

To start your online application, please use the following link:  Through Grad SIS you will be able to apply, upload and submit your application material.  Your application progress can be saved and completed at a later time as well.  You will also be able to check on the status of your application and which materials have been received by the department.  When listing faculty for letters of reference, please use their university e-mail address.  E-mail addresses other than the recommender's official university e-mail address will significantly delay processing of your application.

Submit the Required Documents to the Department
  • Official GRE (General Record Examination) Scores - sent electronically
  • Official TOEFL Scores or IELTS Scores (if applicable) - TOEFL score sent electronically, the IELTS score must be mailed in: 
  • Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended - must be mailed in
  • Letters of Reference - submitted online
  • All official documents must be received in sealed envelopes directly from the issuing entity.
Department Mailing Address:

University of California, Riverside
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Graduate Program
A220 Bourns Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Institution/Department Codes:

Institution Code: 4839
IELTS - must be mailed in, see above

Additional Questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188