CBE Graduate Admission Requirements

The GRE requirement has been waived (and extended) for all engineering master’s applicants applying through Fall 2026!


The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering is proud to offer graduate and doctoral programs in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.

Candidates for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy programs in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must first meet the general graduate admission requirements of either FAMU or FSU. In addition, a candidate must also meet the department's requirements.

New PhD applicants are typically considered for fall admissions. For full consideration for departmental funding, please complete the application by 1 February.


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Application Deadlines


Chemical and Biomedical Engineering - PhD (Admits Fall Semester)
Decision Type Deadline
Early Admissions 31 December
Full Funding Consideration/Admissions 1 February
Regular International Student Admissions 1 March
Regular Domestic (USA) Student Admissions 1 July
Chemical Engineering - MS (Non-Thesis)
Term Final Deadline
Spring 1 November
Summer 1 March
Fall 1 July
Chemical Engineering - MS (Thesis) 
Term Final Deadline
Fall 1 July
Biomedical Engineering - MS (Non-Thesis)
Term Final Deadline
Spring 1 November
Summer 1 March
Fall 1 July
Biomedical Engineering - MS (Thesis) 
Term Final Deadline
Fall 1 July

We encourage all international students to apply well in advance of the above deadlines.


Additional Department Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements of each University, a candidate for post-baccalaureate study in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering must also meet the following requirements:

Admissions Requirements and Required Documents
  1. A baccalaureate degree in chemical/biomedical engineering or an allied field from an accredited college or university. Depending on the students’ academic background certain undergraduate classes might have to be taken in order to handle and be successful in a chemical/biomedical engineering curriculum.
  2. An undergraduate upper-division or graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
  3. The GRE requirement has been waived (and extended) for all engineering master’s applicants through Fall 2026.
  4. CV/Resume - Information should be current.
  5. Statement of Purpose – Outlining your research and career goals. We want to know how your background and prior training make you the right candidate and why FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is a good fit for you. 
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation – Academics or professionals who can comment on the academic and research potential of the applicant.
  7. Credit Requirements
    • International Credit Requirements — International applicants or degrees earned from international institutions must submit official transcripts through a NACES approved evaluator. We recommend using SpanTran for your course-by-course evaluation. We are unable to review applications with unofficial transcripts from international institutions. The University will not waive this requirement. For more information visit FSU Graduate School or FAMU Graduate School.
    •  US Credit Requirements — Credits earned from US institutions can be reviewed with unofficial transcripts.
  8. For International students, an English Proficiency Score Report is required if:
    • The applicant’s country’s official language is NOT English or
    • The applicant did NOT graduate from an accredited US institution with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
    • The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University:


Application Process

You only need to apply through one university. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is a joint college shared by two universities, Florida A&M University and Florida State University. The program and coursework will be the same no matter which university you apply through. However, upon completion of the degree, you will only earn a diploma from one university.

All required application materials listed above must be on file, and the fee paid, before an application is considered complete and ready for review. We encourage you to submit and complete your application early. The graduate admissions committee reviews completed applications throughout the open application period, which allows you to quickly receive an admissions decision.


Preparatory Courses

Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering may be required to complete a department-designated sequence of undergraduate courses with grade of “B” or higher in each course. In all cases, an applicant must have taken a course in differential equations prior to their matriculation and have completed sequences in basic sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics). Typical preparatory undergraduate course-sequences for graduate courses may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:

  • ECH 3101 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
  • ECH 3266 - Transport Phenomena I (3)
  • ECH 3418 - Separations Processes (3)
  • ECH 3854 - Chemical Engineering Computations (3
  • ECH 4267 - Transport Phenomena II (3)
  • ECH 4504 - Kinetics and Reactor Design (3)

If necessary, sophomore pre-requisite classes ECH 3023 (Mass and Energy Balances I), ECH 3024 (Mass and Energy Balances II, and ECH 3301 (Process Analysis and Design) may be required prior to taking the above listed classes.

Additional courses in subjects including mathematics, chemistry, physics, and general engineering may also be required. Departmental financial support may not be available for graduate students taking undergraduate courses. Transfer credit from another institution is limited to six (6) semester hours with departmental approval provided that those courses were not already counted towards another degree. Acceptance of equivalent courses is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, following petition to the Graduate Committee.


To learn more information about the chemical engineering master’s degree, please view the program description here.


These links will provide you with information regarding the specific application processes for each university FAMU and FSU.


The Department offers graduate assistantships in forms of research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships, which includes competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and student health care coverage. By applying to PhD programs by departmental application deadlines you will automatically be under consideration for student funding. These can be awarded as departmental TA or RA by individual faculty basis. These awards are renewable provided satisfactory performance. For more details on TA support, please contact Shelly Huang Leparulo (Graduate Coordinator) or particular faculty of interest for information on RA support.

Funding through assistantships is typically reserved for PhD students, and all current PhD students are supported by these assistantships.Since funding is limited, priority consideration for funding is given to doctoral applicants. Departmental funding offers are made at both the time of admission and after acceptance. All applicants are automatically considered for TA funding when they apply. If you are interested in research assistant (RA) positions, you should reach out to the faculty directly. Research areas can be found here, and faculty contact information can be found here. If you are selected for a Graduate Assistantship position, you will receive an official letter, via email, from the department.

Graduate Funding

Combined BS to MS

Please visit the Combined BS to MS page to learn how you can earn your bachelor's and master's degree in less time at FAMU-FSU COE.

BS - MS Pathway

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about graduate studies at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, please contact us for more information or to schedule a visit.

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