How to apply

Use this webpage to apply for the regular Master’s and PhD Biomedical Engineering programs:

Students interested in an integrated or dual degree program should visit that program’s page for application instructions:

Application instructions

All application materials must be submitted electronically. Do not submit paper copies of any application materials.

Special instructions and requirements for individuals applying to our program are outlined below, listed by application section. For all other sections of the application, simply follow the on-screen prompts.

Failure to follow application instructions may result in severe delays and/or rejection of the application. Incomplete applications won’t be considered. 

Program selection

Select University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for the campus.

Term selection

Full-time applicants must apply for the Fall term. Part-time applicants who wish to be considered for Spring admission must first email bmengp@umn.edu to get authorization to apply for Spring. We don’t admit for Summer term under any circumstances.

Academic history

Upload unofficial transcripts showing all coursework completed/in-progress at the institutions you list in this section.

Test scores

GRE General Test: Required for all full-time applicants, optional for part-time. Enter your scores in this section, and upload an unofficial copy of your GRE score report in Materials > Graduate Program Additional Material. Official score reports aren’t required for application review but you can submit them to institution code 6874. You don’t need to list a department code.

 

English Language Proficiency: Required for all international applicants and for domestic applicants whose native language isn’t English. Our program accepts the types of English proficiency evidence listed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Enter your test scores in this section, and upload an unofficial copy of your score report in Materials > Graduate Program Additional Material. Official score reports aren’t required for application review, but the Office of Graduate Admissions won’t issue visa documents to admitted students until official scores have been received. How to submit scores.

Materials: Statements

Personal Statement: Required for all applicants. Include a description of your research and/or work experience and how it has prepared you for graduate study in biomedical engineering. There’s no minimum or maximum length requirement.

Diversity Statement: Only required for domestic applicants (i.e., U.S. citizens and permanent residents). Domestic PhD applicants interested in being considered for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship should mention any hardship or obstacles you had to overcome to complete your post-secondary education (e.g., first-generation college student, low-income family, etc.). There’s no minimum or maximum length requirement.

Extenuating Circumstances Statement: Optional.

Materials: Other Materials

Resume/CV: Required for all applicants. Include education; research, work, and teaching experience; publication and presentation citations; and leadership/service.

Writing Sample: Don’t submit.

Description of Research: Don’t submit. Include this information in your Personal Statement, as described above.

Graduate Program Additional Material: Only for uploading unofficial test score reports, as described above.

Recommendations

Three letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted online by the recommenders. In the online application, click on Recommendations in the menu on the left. Recommendation letters can be submitted either before or after you’ve submitted your online application.

Letters should come from current or former professors or research advisors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Letters from current or former employers or supervisors are also acceptable for applicants who have been out of school for several years.

Deadlines

PhD applicants

The application deadline for PhD applicants is December 15. We only admit PhD students for the fall semester.

Complete applications received by the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after December 15 may still be considered, but individuals who apply late are significantly less likely to be admitted. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure all materials are received by December 15.

MS applicants

The fall application deadline for MS applicants is March 31. Complete applications received by the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission.

Part-time

Local applicants applying for the program as part-time students may, under certain circumstances, be considered for spring admission. Email bmengp@umn.edu for more information and to be approved for a spring application.

The spring application deadline for part-time MS applicants is November 1. Full-time applicants can’t be considered for spring admission.