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Admissions Information

Undergraduate Admissions

Drexel's Admissions Office handles all undergraduate admissions. Minimum requirements for admission to Drexel's College of Engineering (of which Chemical and Biological Engineering is a part of) are 1 year of physics with a lab, 1 year of chemistry with a lab, and 4 years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, geometry/trigonometry, and pre-calculus).

If you have taken AP exams, you can get course credit for any AP exams with a score of 4 or 5, except for the two physics exams. In order to get course credit for either physics AP exam, you must have a 5. For more information about transferring AP exam credit or other credits you may have taken in high school, please contact the College's Undergraduate Advising Center.

Once you have decided to apply to Drexel, you can apply online.

Graduate Admissions

*Drexel University Admissions accept applications on a rolling basis. The deadline for P.h.D. applicants is January 1. The deadline for M.S. applicants is June 13, with rolling admissions starting mid-January.

Frequently Asked Questions

Collection of application materials is handled by a central Graduate Admissions office at the university. More information about how to start an application to one of the programs administered by the CBE Department - including application materials submission requirements and deadlines - can be found on the website of the Graduate Admissions office.

The CBE Department considers applications for the graduate degree programs it administers purely on the basis of academic merit, as evidenced by the information contained in a complete application package. The following information is meant to provide clarification about how certain academic indicators are utilized by the department in the application review process.

Educational Background

Individuals seeking admission to the CBE Department graduate program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited domestic college or university, or the equivalent educational credential from outside the United States of America. Typically, successful candidates will hold such a degree in chemical engineering; however, degrees in other closely related fields are also considered.

Academic transcripts are evaluated both to confirm completion of coursework in key foundational areas as well as to judge the applicant's understanding of the content presented in said foundational coursework as expressed in the assignment of a final grade or other mode of performance evaluation. Overall academic performance in all post-secondary coursework is also considered. As the department recognizes that the transition to post-secondary education can be difficult, greater weight is given to an applicant's academic performance in the final two years of full-time, degree-relevant post-secondary academic study.

GRE Requirement

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants seeking to enter the doctoral program as well as those applicants seeking to enter one of the MS programs with the intent to pursue studies on a full-time basis. Generally, successful candidates will have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher and an analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a post-secondary degree at the bachelor's level or higher from a regionally-accredited domestic college or university must demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency by examination. The CBE Department accepts valid test scores from both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam as demonstration of English language proficiency. Generally, successful candidates will have earned a total score of 92 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, 560 or higher on the TOEFL PBT, or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS exam. Please be aware that scores are evaluated not only on the basis of total scores but also with consideration for individual section scores.