Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018


We are excited that you are considering our Graduate Program. Chemical and Molecular Engineering department offers admission to M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The Ph.D. program is intended for students who wish to pursue a research-oriented career, while M.S. program is intended for students who are looking for advanced positions in industry. Admission to the Ph.D. program is more competitive than the M.S. program.

To apply for Graduate Studies in Chemical and Molecular Engineering at Stony Brook you must fill out and send online application. You can fill out the application online at Graduate School's web site. Please note that there may be more steps involved than simply filling out the form online. Please note that there are no application fee waivers. Also, when sending the required application documents please include a photocopy of your GRE and TOEFL scores besides having official scores sent.


Admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs are handled separately by the departmental Admissions Committee. The requirements for admission to graduate study in CME include:

  1. Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree in CME (or a closely related field).
  2. A grade average of at least B (i.e., 3.0/4.0) in all mathematics, engineering, and science courses.
  3. GRE Examination. All applicants to the MS or PhD program must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general aptitude tests. Applicants are encouraged to submit GRE test scores for the advanced examination in Computer Science as well.
  4. Submission of TOEFL Test scores for all students whose native language is not English. Minimum TOEFL score of 85 is required for general admission and 90 for admission to a doctoral program and to be eligible for consideration for GA/TA support.  Masters students that have completed a degree program from a U.S. institution may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver and need to request the waiver from our Graduate Program Director. All PhD applicants with a TA stipend whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of English-speaking proficiency (TOEFL Speaking score) and may be required to take ESL courses based on these measures.


Listed below are the application deadlines associated with Spring admission. Please be sure to follow them as listed.

October 1: Application deadline for all applications and deadline for supplementary materials for international students

Listed below are the application deadlines associated with Fall admission. Please be sure to follow them as listed.

January 15: Application deadline for international students and PhD applicants

March 1: Deadline for supplementary materials from international students

If you have any questions about these deadlines feel free to contact the department.


Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online. All additional required documents, such as, official transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. must be sent directly to our department.

Please do not put your additional required documentation in any type of binder, portfolio, or report cover.

Mail your application materials to the following address:

Stony Brook University

Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering

Engineering, Room 208

Attn: Graduate Program Secretary

Stony Brook, NY 11794-2275


The Graduate School application fee is $100* and is non-refundable. It is required for applicants from all countries.


Checking on the Status of your Application

Fall applications are reviewed in February.  If your application file is missing anything, you will receive an e-mail from the department. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we can’t respond to e-mails checking on status until AFTER April 10th. 

Offer letters will begin to be mailed out in March.  We ask that you do not send us numerous e-mails checking on the status of your application or telephone us regarding application status.

If you do NOT receive a letter of offer from us by April 10th, you should then contact us if you have any questions.

We appreciate your patience during this busy time of year.


Financial Support

Admitted Ph.D. students are typically offered financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships, which include full tuition. Admission into this program is very competitive, though, and you must have the intention of completing this program. M.S. students are typically admitted with no financial aid. Information regarding tuition and other costs can be found from the Graduate School.

Transfer of credits into M.S. or Ph.D. programs 

Students may transfer up to 9 credits of graduate courses obtained from another US accredited university. The following conditions and procedure is required to transfer any credits.

In order to be counted towards graduation, the credits must be evaluated by CME graduate director or one of our faculty members. The evaluation must establish equivalence between a course being transferred from another institution and a CME course in Stony Brook, which is accepted as part of the graduation requirements. The faculty member must be one of those who are teaching the corresponding graduate course on a regular basis. The professor typically evaluates the course materials/contents, student transcripts, etc. The approval is not automatic and we generally take a very careful look at such transfer requests.

Graduate courses that do not meet the previous requirement can be transferred without being counted towards graduation. This can sometimes be useful because students who have earned 24 graduate credits of any kind need to be registered for only 9 credits (instead of 12) in order to have full status. Therefore, gaining this status early might reduce tuition liability.

M.S.  to  Ph.D 

A student in the M.S. program can subsequently apply for admission into the Ph.D. program, but should keep in mind the higher standards for entry into the Ph.D. program. The CME Ph.D. program recognize M.S. degree from other accredited US institutions, person that has M.S. degree in CME can be exempt from the mandatory course requirements for the PhD, totaling 24 credits. The student will be accepted as G5 level student and expected to complete remaining credits and requirements towards the Ph.D. degree.