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Thank you for your interest in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program! Our department offers three graduate degrees:
We also offer three combined/dual degree programs, for which there are separate application instructions and admissions criteria:
Combined BBmE/MS Program (exclusively for current BBmE students at the University of Minnesota)
Students interested in a combined/dual degree program should visit the links above for more details. The information below is only for those applying for the regular M.S. and Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering programs.
A baccalaureate degree in engineering or in a physical or biological science is required.
Applicants with an engineering degree do not need to complete any specific coursework prior to applying.
Applicants without an engineering degree must complete
math coursework through Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations; and
at least one year of college-level physics, preferably calculus-based.
We do not have minimum GPA or GRE requirements. A GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred (but not required) for admission the Ph.D. program, and at least 3.2 is preferred (but not required) for the M.S. Applicants with a GPA below the preferred level may still apply and be considered but will have a lower chance of admission.
A Master's degree is NOT required for application to the Ph.D. program. Students may apply to begin the Ph.D. program directly after completion of the undergraduate degree.
Individuals who already hold a Ph.D. in engineering from any institution should not apply and will not be considered.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: It is extremely rare for international students to be admitted to our Master's program, which is a terminal degree program. Students interested in ultimately earning a Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. program by the Ph.D. deadline (see below).
All application materials must be submitted electronically to the online ApplyYourself application system, exactly as specified in our APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (pdf). Do NOT submit paper copies of your application materials.
Failure to follow our application instructions may result in severe delays and/or rejection of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have questions about the application instructions, contact the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator, Rachel Jorgenson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline for Ph.D. applicants is December 31. We admit Ph.D. students for the fall semester only.
Complete applications received by the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after December 31 may still be considered, but individuals who apply late are significantly less likely to be admitted. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that all materials are received by December 31.
The fall application deadline for M.S. applicants is March 31. Complete applications received by the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission.
Local applicants applying for the program as part-time students may, under certain circumstances, be considered for spring admission. The spring application deadline for part-time M.S. applicants is November 1. Full-time applicants cannot be considered for spring admission.
Only Ph.D. applicants will be considered for financial support. There is no separate financial support application. All full-time Ph.D. applicants (both domestic and international) are automatically considered for financial support, which includes a stipend, health insurance, and full tuition coverage.
M.S. applicants are not eligible to apply for financial support from the department (fellowships, research/teaching assistantships, etc.). Individuals seeking a terminal Master's program that will provide funding should look into other programs/institutions. Students who apply for our Master's program should do so with the understanding that they will need to fund their own graduate degree program through personal savings, loans, off-campus employment, and/or other external sources of financial aid. International students are very rarely admitted to the terminal Master's program.
If you can't find the information you need on this page, please read through our frequently asked questions. If you still can't find what you're looking for, contact the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator, Rachel Jorgenson, at email@example.com.