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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the requirements for the Ph.D. program?

2. What are the requirements for the M.S. Program?

3. How many graduate students are in the CBE department?

4. What types of funding are available?

5. What are my chances for being admitted?

6. I have a degree in Chemistry. Can I still apply?

7. Which faculty have positions for new PhD students?

8. Is the GRE test required? Do I need to take a subject test?

9. What is your TOEFL/English Language test requirement?

10. Can you admit me conditionally?

11. Can the application fee be waived?

12. How do I check the status of my application?

13. How can I remind/replace one of my recommenders?

14. Will I still be considered for financial support of I miss the deadline?

 

Answers:

1. What are the requirements for the Ph.D. program?

Requirements can be found by clicking the link below:

Ph.D. Application Requirements

2. What are the requirements for the M.S. Program?

Requirements can be found by clicking the link below:

Master's Application Requirements

3. How many graduate students are in the CBE department?

As of Autumn 2017 we have 79 Ph.D. students and 31 MS students.

4. What types of funding are available?

All Ph.D-dgree students in our department receive financial support. There are Fellowships, Graduate Research Associate and Graduate Teaching Associate positions typically available.

Masters students are not supported.

5. What are my chances for being admitted?

Due to the large number of such requests, we do not make any evaluations of an applicant's chances of admission. All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee during the period of December - March.

6. I have a degree in Chemistry. Can I still apply?

We do occasionally admit students who have undergraduate degrees in subjects other than chemical engineering. However, these students will need to take make-up course work to succeed in our graduate program. These students must take the following undergraduate courses or have equivalent coursework in the following subject areas:

Thermodynamics: CBE 3508
Transport Phenomena (Momentum and Mass Transfers): CBE 2420 and 3521
Chemical Engineering Kinetics: CBE 3610
Engineering Mathematics (Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations): Math 2177 or equivalent

7. Which faculty have positions for new Ph.D. students?

Please visit the individual faculty directory page. There is information listed if the faculty  member has open positions for Ph.D. students. Please visit for more information: https://cbe.osu.edu/people/faculty

8. Is the GRE test required? Do I need to take a subject test?

Yes, the GRE is required from ALL applicants. There is no exception.  You do not need to take any subject area test, only the general test.

9. What is your TOEFL/English Language test requirement?

A minimum score of 550 on  the Paper-based (PBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer based-TOEFL (CBT), or 79 on the Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL is required in order to be considered for admission. An 82 is the minimum score allowed on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or a 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

At least one of the following scores is preferred if English is not your native language : 100 on the Internet-based (IBT) TOEFL, 600 on the Paper-based (PBT), 250 on the computer-based TOEFL (CBT), 8.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an 82 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Exemptions:

Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.

10. Can you admit me conditionally?

No. We do not admit any student unless they have completed all of the application requirements.

11. Can the application fee be waived?

Neither the University nor the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will waive the application fee.

12. How do I check the status of my application?

The status of your application can be viewed online at http://appstatus.osu.edu.

After submitting an application, first time applicants are sent an email from The Ohio State University's Information Technology Service Desk, assigning an OSU ID and Internet Username (lastname.#).

Applicants who have or had an affiliation with OSU do not receive the above-mentioned email since they already have an OSU ID and username. The Username is used to access the self-service page. When the Username and password are not active, it can be activated at: http://my.osu.edu. Or, fi the OSU ID, username, or password are forgotten, assistance is also available at http://my.osu.edu.

New applicants with no prior or current affiliation with Ohio State who know their OSU ID and Username must activate it and create a password by requesting an activation code at: http://my.osu.edu. If you do not remember your ID, Username, or password, please visit 8help.osu.edu, or contact the IT Service Desk by email at 8help@osu.edu or calling (614)688-HELP (4357). For those applicants who do know their current password, passwords may be changed or reset by following the instructions at: http://my.osu.edu, or by contacting the IT Service Desk.

Test scores and transcripts are updated daily by the Graduate Admissions Office as they are received. However, from december to January that update can be delayed 7-10 days due to a large influx of received items. If one of those items is showing as incomplete and you believe it has been submitted, you can contact gradadmissions@osu.edu and they can assist you in checking on their status.

13. How can I remind/replace one of my recommenders?

  • Non-Ohio State students, must activate their Ohio State Username, (sent to you after you applied) at my.osu.edu  
  • Log into your Application References Summary using your Ohio State username and password at go.osu.edu/LOR.

Edit recommender information

  • Click the green "Edit" button to the right of the reference you wish to edit. Edit any incorrect information.
  • Copy the recommender's contact email address and paste into Confirm email address Click the green Re-send Email button at the bottom right to re-send the invitation email requesting a letter of recommendation.
  • To resend the invitation log into your Application references summaryat  go.osu.edu/LOR and click the green Resend Email button to the right of the recommender you wish to remind.nder you wish to remind.

Add a recommender

  • Log into your Application References Summary at go.osu.edu/LOR using your Ohio State username and password.
  • Click the Add a Reference to an Application button.
  • Read the Application References - Instructions and click ACCEPT. Click DECLINE only if your program requires paper references. 
  • Enter recommender name, organization phone, mailing address and email address on the Application References - Details page.
  • Select the application and term for which the recommender will direct their letter, and indicate whether or not you wish to Waive Access to view recommendation letters after they are submitted.
  • Check to make sure information is correct and click Save.

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14. Will I still be considered for financial support of I miss the deadline?

To have the best chance at funding it is imperative that your application be complete by the listed deadline for Fellowship consideration and priority funding consideration for Research positions.

If your application is not complete by the deadline, you could still be eligible for Fellowship consideration permitted any missing materials are submitted and received no later than December 15th.

Applications submitted after January 1st will not be eligible for Fellowship consideration, but can be considered for Research Assistantships.