Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Admission to the Program

The College of Graduate Studies was established by the Board of Trustees in 1969. It exercises a review of all graduate programs and supervises standards for admission and graduation.

Admission to the graduate programs in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering is open to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree in engineering or science, who present satisfactory evidence of the ability to pursue graduate studies.  A minimum baccalaureate grade-point average of  3.0 is usually is required.  

Applicants should make arrangements to have official transcripts sent directly from their undergraduate institutions to the Graduate Admissions Office. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s undergraduate or graduate work also are required.

If applicable, the applicant also should request that official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions office by the testing agencies. The applicant must achieve satisfactory scores in these examinations.

The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

  • The undergraduate degree was awarded by a college or university outside of the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
  • The student’s undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75.
  • The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, with program approval, if the applicant’s undergraduate grade-point average is 3.0 or above.

If the GRE is required, a minimum score at the 80th percentile on the Quantitative section, and a score of 3.5 or higher in the Analytical Writing Qualitative section, are typically required.

International students should refer to an earlier section in this Catalog for information on testing requirements that demonstrate English-language proficiency.

Acceptance of an applicant for admission is finalized by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies after the applicant's qualifications (academic record, experience, and ability to succeed in graduate studies) are assessed by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

The application must be made on the form provided by the Graduate College. Completed applications forms have to be returned to the Admissions Office. For further admission information and applications contact the Graduate Admissions Office:

Admissions Processing
Cleveland State University, KB 1400
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216-687-5599

If you are applying to the Graduate Program and would like your academic records to be pre-screened by our Graduate Program adviser, please fill an On-line Application Form.

The application deadline for Fall admission, with first priority for a graduate assistantship, is March 1. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The GRE general exam is required for all applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance.

Domestic Students may want to explore Scholarship options for STEM Programs at Cleveland State University.

Core Competency

Given the inter-disciplinary nature of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, applications for Masters studies are also open to STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors.  These students are required to have completed additional undergraduate coursework,including calculus through differential equations and multivariable calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of general chemistry with laboratory, and at least nine (9) credits of undergraduate engineering courses, as recommended by the program coordinator. A grade of B or better must be earned in each of these courses.

In addition, these students will be required to participate of a program of study developed for students with non-chemical engineering backgrounds, as described under the "Preparatory Program" section.

These students may be admitted into the program prior to their completing these requirements.  Students will only be permitted to enroll in courses for which they have completed the prerequisites.  These undergraduate credits will not count towards the 30 hours required for the degree.  

Please contact the Program Director at for specific details.