Prerequisites & admission criteria

Find prerequisites and admission criteria for the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota.


Applicants with an engineering degree do not need to complete any specific coursework before applying.

Applicants without an engineering degree must complete:

  • At least Calculus I, Calculus II, and Differential Equations.

  • At least one year of college-level physics, preferably calculus-based.

Grades and test scores

  • 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 to the PhD program, and at least 3.2 is preferred (but not required) for the MS program. Applicants with a GPA below the preferred level may still apply and be considered, but will have a lower chance of admission.


  • A baccalaureate degree in engineering or in a physical or biological science is required.

  • A Master's degree is not required to apply to the PhD program. Students may apply to begin the PhD program directly after completing the undergraduate degree.

  • Individuals who already hold a PhD in engineering from any institution should not apply and will not be considered.

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