Master's program

Frequently asked questions

Yes, the MS in Molecular Engineering degree does qualify for the OPT STEM extension.

We do not require a BS in engineering for MSME applicants. However, while we encourage all passionate and interested students to apply, this program was largely designed for students with backgrounds in STEM fields. A strong quantitative background is recommended.

The application process is a holistic review of the applicant. GPA scores are assessed with all elements of the application. If you feel your GPA does not reflect your skills and abilities, you are welcome to include a personal explanatory statement.

No, but it is considered a relevant part of the applicant consideration.

GRE scores are not required; the GMAT is not accepted.

Scores are uploaded on the application. Please have official scores sent to school code 1832.

The application process is a holistic review of the applicant. Test scores are assessed with all elements of the application. If you feel your scores do not reflect your skills and abilities, you are welcome to include a personal explanatory statement. The coursework in the program is highly quantitative and scores and transcripts should signal the student will be successful in the program.

TOEFL/IELTS is valid for two (2) years.

The MSME requires TOEFL scores to be 90 or above (or IELTS overall and sub-scores of at least 7) in order to be eligible for admission to the University of Chicago.

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded via the electronic application. All applicants who are offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts. Most institutions have the ability to send electronic official transcripts. If your institution is unable to do so, please request that they send hard copy versions to our Admissions Office.

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We strongly encourage you to submit only three letters of recommendation.

Decisions are expected to be released 6 – 8 weeks after the application deadline.

There are two specialization “tracks” available for the MS in Molecular Engineering: Computational Materials Modeling and Polymer Science and Engineering.

You will receive a Master of Science in Molecular Engineering.

MS in Molecular Engineering courses are held on the main campus of the University of Chicago located in Hyde Park, approximately eight (8) miles south of downtown Chicago. Classes generally meet 2 or 3 times per week. While this program may be taken either part-time or full-time, we do not currently offer classes on the weekend or in the evening. The ability to complete the program while working full-time will be dependent on the schedule of classes offered and the flexibility of your employer.