Applications received by the Office of Admissions will be reviewed prior to the deadlines (indicated on the Application Form) and decisions of the Department and the Graduate Studies Committee will be normally announced by the Office of Admissions within six weeks of the deadlines of applications. Accepted applicants are usually given one month to decide whether to accept, defer, or decline admission.
Applications for regular admission to graduate study should be submitted online through the link https://graduateadmissions.aub.edu.lb/ according to deadline set in the Admissions Office.
Admission to the Chemical Engineering Graduate Program
The MS program is open to students with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering, or other related disciplines, while the ME program is open to students with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Chemical Engineering, or other related disciplines.
In order to be admitted in either of these programs, a student must also satisfy the requirements of the University and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA).
A graduate student is considered in good standing when his/her graduate grade cumulative average is 80 or above. A student must be in good standing in order to be awarded a degree.
Criteria for Graduate Admission
Admission to graduate study offered by the departments of the MSFEA is on a merit basis and is limited to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from AUB or from an approved institution in an appropriate field as specified by the Department. These applicants must demonstrate, in the opinion of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Department in which the applicant proposes to study, sufficient quality and scope to indicate high promise of success in their graduate studies.
Applicants who hold degrees from institutions other than AUB must present, along with their official transcript, a letter from the institution awarding the degree indicating the denotation of their grading system in terms of its equivalence on a 4.0 GPA scale, or in terms of letter grades A, B, C with +/- scales. Alternatively, applicants may present an official letter from the Office of the Registrar of their respective institutions indicating the graduating class average of previous years along with standard deviation and class size.
Admission to graduate study will be in one of three categories. The minimum admission standards in all categories are described below.
Admission as a Regular Student
MS Program: The MS program will be open to students with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Engineering. In the MS Faculty of Engineering and Architecture an average of at least 80% is required for the last two years of undergraduate study or its equivalent at AUB or other universities as determined by the Faculty.
ME Program: The ME program will be open to students with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Chemical Engineering. A cumulative undergraduate average of 80 at AUB or its equivalent at other universities as determined by the Faculty.
In addition, adequate English proficiency as established by the University, and at least three letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with the academic ability of the applicant are also required.
Admission on Probation
An applicant is admitted on probation if s/he meets the following minimum admission requirements:
An average for the last two years of 75 at AUB or its equivalent at other universities as determined by the Faculty, adequate English proficiency as established by the University; and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the academic ability of the applicant.
A student whose last semester's grades are not included in the application is admitted on probation provided that s/he maintains an average of 75 for the last two years of undergraduate study. In addition, an applicant who does not meet the above minimum requirements, but appears to have reasonable potential for success as a graduate student, as manifested by appropriate practical experience or a high score on a relevant standardized exam, such as the GRE, may be admitted on probation. A student admitted on probation must complete nine credits of graduate level coursework during the first two semesters of graduate studies, must pass all courses, and must attain a minimum cumulative average of 80 to achieve the status of a “regular" student. If the student fails to meet any of these conditions, s/he will be dropped from the program. Students admitted on probation are not considered for financial assistantship until they achieve the status of a “regular" student.
Admission as a Prospective Graduate Student
This category is reserved for students applying to graduate work in a field other than that of their undergraduate major. An applicant is admitted as a prospective graduate student if s/he meets the following minimum admission requirements: An average of 75 at AUB for the last two years of undergraduate study or its equivalent at other universities, as determined by the Faculty. In addition, the application should have demonstrated good performance in courses related to the field being sought; adequate English proficiency as established by the University; and should present at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the academic ability of the applicant.
The Graduate Studies Committee shall act on the admission of prospective graduate students upon the recommendation of the department or program of the intended major. The department or program of the intended major, recommends to the Graduate Studies Committee the supplementary undergraduate courses the applicant must complete before being considered for admission to graduate work. Upon the completion of the supplementary undergraduate courses, with an average of at least 80, the department or the academic unit may recommend to the Graduate Studies Committee the admission of the applicant to the graduate program. The supplementary courses must be completed within four consecutive semesters excluding summers.
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Science Majors
The MS program will be open to students with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or physics. These students will be admitted conditionally provided they successfully complete the equivalent of 18-credit hours of required undergraduate chemical engineering courses (while maintaining a minimum GPA of 80) within a preparatory year before the start of their graduate program.
The equivalency of MATH 218 Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications [3-cr.] and MATH 251 Numerical Computing [3-cr.] are prerequisites for working at the Master's level in chemical engineering.