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Master's Application Requirements

Application Requirements:

Students with a strong background in chemical engineering or related field are encouraged to apply. 

  • A bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, or closely related field (another engineering field, chemistry, etc).
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores for all international applicants.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required by OSU: 79, IELTS: 7.0, MELAB: 82
    • You are exempt if you are a citizen in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Caribbeah, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zeland, Scotland, Wales, and The United States.
      If you receive a 4 year bachelor's degree or higher from a US institution or one of the countries listed above, you are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

Average Test Scores for 2017 incoming MS students

Verbal GRE%

Quantitative GRE%

Writing GRE


65 84 3.75 96

Prerequisites for non chemical engineering majors:
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


The MS degree provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through technical electives. This program prepares students for successful careers in high-tech fields. This program can be full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the non-thesis requirements in three semesters. This program is also a good option for working professionals looking to complete their master’s degree on a part-time basis.

Master's Non-Thesis Program - a course-work based degree that provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through elective courses and includes an independent project.

Master's Thesis Program - a course and project-based degree that prepares students for a variety of career paths. Students complete both coursework and an independent research project that provides specialization in a sub-field of chemical engineering.