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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering graduate students Sandra Noriega (PhD '09)and Sanjukta GuhaThakurta (PhD '10), prepare an experiment in the Cell Culuture Lab.

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Graduate Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Ph.D.)

Research Areas

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering offers a course of study designed for students who plan careers in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the chemical and process industries to biotechnology, electronics, and the environment. Our faculty are currently pursuing relevant, cutting edge research in the following areas:

  • Developing new regenerative medical materials and therapies using bio- and nanotechnologies to speed the repair and regrowth of bone, blood vessels and soft tissues in vivo
  • Developing cutting edge genomic techniques like ultra-fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to search for emerging disease threats such as antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis
  • Using proteomic instruments like a specialized mass spectrometer designed to search for new genetically engineered protein medicines
  • Developing a new pliable bandage that can stop fatal bleeding from trauma in civilian and military applications
  • Partnering with international healthcare systems to develop abundant supplies of hemophilia medicines from the milk of genetically engineered livestock to treat 80% of the world's hemophilia patients
  • Discovering a device to give robots a human sense of touch using nanotechnology
  • Developing a process for sustainable biofuels production

Admission Requirements

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering adheres to the Admissions Policies of UNL Graduate Studies. Prospective students are required to submit all documents by the specified application deadlines, and meet the minimum entrance criteria outlined on the Application Checklist below.


Graduate Program Eligibility After Admission
Prior Degree Obtained Program Eligibility

BS Chemical Engineering

Masters
: Granted full graduate standing and may immediately begin MS course work.

Direct to PhD Option: Provisional admission to our PhD program with full graduate standing granted after successful completion of the following steps:
  1. Take and sucessfully pass (grade of B or better) the core courses of the MS Chemical Engineering program (12 credit hours). The core courses must be taken the first time they are offerred. Typical length of completion is one(1) acaemdic year.
  2. Pass the Qualifying Examination.
Students who choose to take the Direct to PhD Option bypass the MS thesis requirement.


BS Scientifically Related Field

Examples of scientifically related fields include, but are not limited to; other engineering majors, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, physics, and pre-med programs. All other admission criteria must be met.

Masters: Provisional admission to the MS program with full graduate standing granted after successful completion of undergraduate deficiencies. Required deficiency courses are individually specific and the student's advisor may require a student without a chemical engineering background to take, or test out of, undergraduate courses. After the student is admitted, he/she may request an advising appointment with either his/her assigned faculty advisor or the graduate chair, to outline a specific program of studies based on your educational background.

Direct to PhD Option: Provisional admission to our PhD program with full graduate standing granted after successful completion of the following steps:
  1. Successful completion of undergraduate deficiencies. Required deficiency courses are individually specific and the student's advisor may require a student without a chemical engineering background to take, or test out of, undergraduate courses. After the student is admitted, he/she may request an advising appointment with either his/her assigned faculty advisor or the graduate chair, to outline a specific program of studies based on your educational background.
  2. Take and sucessfully pass (grade of B or better) the core courses of the MS Chemical Engineering program (12 credit hours). The core courses must be taken the first time they are offerred. Typical length of completion is one(1) acaemdic year.
  3. Pass the Qualifying Examination.
Students who choose to take the Direct to PhD Option bypass the MS thesis requirement.


MS or MEng Chemical Engineering


PhD:
Provisional admission. May immediately begin PhD course work including electives and dissertation hours. Full graduate standing granted after successfully passing the Qualifying Examination at the beginning of the second semester of enrollment.


MS Scientifically Related Field


Examples of scientifically related fields include, but are not limited to; other engineering majors, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, physics, and pre-med programs. All other admission criteria must be met.

PhD: Provisional admission to our PhD program with full graduate standing granted after successful completion of the following steps:
  1. Successful completion of undergraduate deficiencies. Required deficiency courses are individually specific and the student's advisor may require a student without a chemical engineering background to take, or test out of, undergraduate courses. After the student is admitted, he/she may request an advising appointment with either his/her assigned faculty advisor or the graduate chair, to outline a specific program of studies based on your educational background.
  2. Take and sucessfully pass (grade of B or better) the core courses of the MS Chemical Engineering program (12 credit hours). The core courses must be taken the first time they are offerred. Typical length of completion is one(1) acaemdic year.
  3. Pass the Qualifying Examination.



Apply for Admission

Apply for the graduate program online: http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/

To apply to the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program (M.S.Ch.E), in Part 4 of the Application for Graduate Admission, Admission Objective, select Chemical Engineering (MS) from the Degree Objective drop down list.

To apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Ph.D.), in Part 4 of the Application for Graduate Admission, Admission Objective, selectChemical and Biomolecular Engineering (PHD)from the Degree Objective drop down list.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2014 Admission: September 1, 2013
Summer*/Fall 2014 Admission:
February 1, 2014

Admission decisions and priority funding decisions for graduate assistantships are made shortly after the published application deadline. For the best chance of admission, all application requirements should completed in their entirety, and your GAMES departmental application should be submitted by the published deadline. Late applications will be considered on a rolling basis; however, admission is unlikely due to limited space and resources.

*Although students may be admitted for the summer term, core CHME courses of the graduate curriculum are not offered in the summer session. Students admitted for summer enrollment may choose to take graduate electives, or immediately begin research work at the direction of their advisor.

Application Checklist

We practice holistic admissions and review all application materials.

In fairness to all applicants, our Department will not extend conditional admission consideration to any applicant. Emails sent directly to the faculty and staff of the Department will not be evaluated for potential of acceptance.  All applicants are required to complete the entire application process and pay the $50 application fee before their application will be reviewed by our Graduate Committee.

Required by the UNL Office of Graduate Studies
  • Complete the Online Application for Graduate Admission
  • Include the $50 non-refundable application fee
    Online applicants may pay using Visa or MasterCard on a secure site at the time of application.
    Checks should be made payable to the "University of Nebraska" and include the applicant's name on the memo line of the check.
  • Upload an unoffical copy of your transcripts to your MyRed account. Uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial. Admission based on uploaded transcripts is provisional and contingent upon receipt of official transcripts within a specified timeframe. We do not accept transcripts by email or fax.
  • If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency is required
Required by the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Entrance Exam: GRE
    All applicants for admission must take the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and should arrange to have their scores reported to the Graduates Studies Office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the earliest possible date since action on admitting the applicant will not be taken until these scores are received. UNL's institution code is 6877. You do not need to enter a departmental code as all scores are processed centrally. Scores must be less than 2 years old.

    Competitive applicants usually receive above our minimum GRE scores below:
    - - Test taken prior to November 1, 2011 - 400 verbal, 700 quantitative.
    - - Test taken after November 1, 2011 - 146 verbal, 155 quantitative.

    Students who are prior graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are not required to take the GRE. The Department reserves the right to consider admission without GRE in exceptional cases.

    Effective November 1, 2013, the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering will no longer accept scores from the old format of the GRE exam.
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL
    All international applicants must complete the TOEFL with the following minimum scores: Paper-550, Computer-213, Internet-80. Note that the Chemical & Biomolecular minimum scores are higher than the published University minimum scores.
  • Departmental Application: GAMES
    Complete of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering GAMES Application at https://games.unl.edu/GAMES/login.jsp. Graduate Studies will provide you with login information via email after you have completed the UNL Graduate Programs application online. (Please note that there is a delay between the submission of your application and the receipt of your GAMES login email.)

    Verify the following information imported from your UNL Graduate Studies application:
    -- Personal contact information
    -- Academic history and credentials (official GRE and TOEFL scores will be verified by UNL Graduate Studies and then locked)
    -- Previous institutions attended (a reminder to upload an unoffical copy of your transcripts to your MyRed account )

    Complete the following information required by Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering:
    -- Area(s) of research interest (selected from a drop-down list)
    -- Other Information (descriptions of any relevant teaching, research, or volunteer experience not highlighted on your resume)

    References:
    -- Enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three(3) individuals who will serve as your references.
    -- References should be asked to submit recommendation letters electronically via the email references feature in GAMES. They will be given the option to type their comments directly in a web form, or to upload their letter in PDF or Word format.
    -- Questions about reference letters should be directed to nchurch2@unl.edu

    Upload the following supporting documents:
    -- One-page letter of intent or statement of purpose
    -- Curriculum vitae or resume
    -- Any other supporting documents that may aid the Department in making your admission decision. (Examples: PDF of a published article or research poster presented at a national conference)

    NOTE: After you complete the GAMES application you must "SUBMIT" your application for review. Your application will remain in "Submitted" status until the application deadline.

The Review Process

  • On GAMES, the status of your application will change to Under Review.
  • The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Committee meets approximately two weeks after the published application deadline for the approaching term and performs a group review of all completed applications. For example, after the September 1st deadline, the Committee will arrange to meet for the first time approximately September 16.
  • If you submit your application early, it will not be reviewed until the Committee meets.
  • Dependent on the number of applications, the Committee may need to meet multiple times to finalize their decisions.
  • If your application is not complete by the deadline - including all letters of reference and official test scores received - it will not be reviewed in the initial group round. It is the Graduate Committee's discretion whether or not to review late applications. They may choose to 1.) review your application at a later date, 2.) defer the review of your application until the following term, or 3.) deny your application for the reason "Incomplete application by the published deadline." It is important that you complete your application by the deadline.
  • You will know that the review has been completed and informed of the admission decision in the following ways:
    1. On GAMES, the status of your application will change to one of the following; Reviewed, Withdrawn, Admitted or Denied.
    2. You will be sent an email by the Department informing you of the admission decision.
    3. The Office of Graduate Studies will send you a Certificate of Admission or a letter of denial.
    4. If you are admitted and awarded funding in the form of a fellowship, graduate teaching assistantship, or graduate research fellowship, the Department will send you a formal letter of offer outlining the details of your award. You will be required to respond to this offer by the date published in the letter.
  • The entire review process takes approximately 6 weeks.. For example, applicants who submit materials by the September 1st deadline will be notified no later than October 15.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2014
    Admission:

    September 1, 2013
  • Summer/Fall 2014
    Admission:

    February 1, 2014

Contact

Graduate Programs Secretary
Nicole Church
nchurch2@unl.edu
402-472-5377