Applying to Graduate School

Welcome to the MIT Chemical Engineering Graduate Admissions page. This page explains the application process in general. To apply, go to the on-line application. You will be asked to create a user ID and password. Please write down your user ID and password for future use. You do not need to complete the entire application in one sitting. You may begin the application, save it, and return to it at a later time using your user id and password.

MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering offers three graduate degree programs — PhD, PhD CEP and MSCEP.  MIT admits students for the Fall term each year; there is no January or June admissions.

Prospective student applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Understanding of the Chemical Engineering Fundamentals: The candidate’s core knowledge of chemical kinetics, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and the underlying quantitative skills that form the core solution methods for Chemical Engineers.

Analytical and Scientific Preparation: A candidate’s background in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science as relevant to the candidate’s area(s) of interest.

Drive and Persistence: A candidate’s commitment to education and research and ability to overcome adversity when challenges are encountered.

Excellence in Research: A candidate’s demonstrated accomplishment in scientific research, including scientific creativity and ability to formulate important scientific questions.

Character: A candidate’s integrity, leadership potential, and ability to work effectively on teams and as a community member within a diverse and multicultural environment.

Communication Skills: A candidate’s demonstrated effectiveness with scientific written and oral communication in English on technical and non-technical subjects.

We are excited to launch the ChemE Application Mentorship Program (ChAMP)! ChAMP is a volunteer-based student mentoring program which aims to assist applicants from communities that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including students from groups underrepresented in STEM, students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, and students from academic institutions which have not historically send many students to MIT. Applicants will be paired with graduate student mentors who can answer questions about MIT ChemE and provide assistance in preparing strong applications for the MIT Chemical Engineering Department PhD program. Participating in ChAMP is completely voluntary and will not affect your graduate admissions decision. Sign-up here if you are interested in participating!

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and are responsible for ensuring that all admissions credentials are submitted on time. Your application will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. There is no separate application for financial support; all admitted students are offered support. To apply follow these steps.

Note: the new application deadline is November 20.

1. Fill out the on-line application by 23:59, EST, November 20.

You will be providing the following information:

  • Field(s) of interest
  • Personal information/addresses
  • International student data
  • Three or more names and e-mail addresses of letter writers
    • We recommend that before October 15 you notify your letter writers that you will be requesting evaluations from them. This will give them time to prepare and submit their letters by November 20. Once you have submitted your on-line application, instructions to your letter writers will be generated for you. You are responsible for making sure that your letter writers have copies of these instructions.
    • Letters of recommendation should address the admissions criteria listed above.
  • Scanned copies of your College Transcripts
  • For international students, scanned copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Self-reported GRE general exam scores (required for PhDCEP applicants)
  • Educational and work history
  • Credit/debit card payment of $75*
  • Resume or CV of no more than two pages (12 point font or larger and 1 inch margins) that includes the following information:
    • Any honors, awards, prizes, or fellowships you have received.
    • All teaching, work, and research experiences you have had.
    • Any publications or presentations, including full citation with title and list of all authors and the DOI if applicable.
    • Any military or major volunteer service and study abroad experiences.
    • Anything else you’d like to share.
  • Responses to short answer essay questions:
    • What motivates you to earn a Ph.D./PhD.CEP/MSCEP in Chemical Engineering at MIT? (300 words)
    • For up to two of your most important scientific, engineering, research, or work experiences over the last four years, describe your specific role, the new knowledge or discovery that you made, and the potential impacts of the project on science or society.  (300 words/experience)
    • In what type of environment do you and others thrive?  How do you find, create, and maintain those environments?  (300 words)
    • Please tell us anything else about yourself that you think we should know.

*Fee waivers are available for eligible applicants.
Note: GRE scores are no longer required or accepted as part of the PhD/ScD and MSCEP applications.

2. Arrange for submission of (official reports only)

For international students, TOEFL or IELTS
For reporting the TOEFL scores, the MIT institution code is 3514, and the department code is 64.  To register for a test, visit

IELTS scores should also be sent directly to MIT.
To register for a test, visit

If your first language is not English, you are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL test by November 1. The TOEFL/IELTS is waived for applicants who are citizens of Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, or the United Kingdom, or for applicants who have or will earn a BS degree at a US university.

3.  If Admitted, submit Official College Transcripts

Mail official transcripts to:
Department of Chemical Engineering
Graduate Admissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 66-366
Cambridge, MA 02139

Or electronically send them to


Many questions are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Before you contact Graduate Admissions, please take the time to review our FAQ page.

Please address questions about the application process to chemegrad@MIT.EDU. You can find more information about MIT graduate admissions in general at the MIT Graduate Admissions site.