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Thank you for your interest in Department of Bioengineering Graduate Studies Program. The procedures involved in applying for admission to our program are described here. To learn more about the different degrees offered and specific program requirements, please view the Graduate Studies page.

If a Ph.D. is your ultimate degree objective, we encourage exceptionally qualified B.S. students to apply for direct admission to our Ph.D. program. This will increases the opportunities for financial support through Research Assistantships, Fellowship, etc. Please see our Graduate Support page for more details.

Application Fees and Deadlines

Applications are accepted for admission in the Fall semester only.

Application Fees:

The early admission application deadline is December 15. Applications received thereafter will continue to be considered on a space-available basis, up to the University deadline of April 1. After this date all applications are subject to an additional $30 late fee.

Recruitment Weekend: PhD applicants who meet the priority application deadline will be considered for an invitation to our on-campus graduate recruitment weekend for interviews with faculty, research presentations, social activities and more. PhD applicants who submit their completed application by January 15 will also be considered for an invitation on a space available basis. For the Fall 2017 admission cycle, these events are planned for February 23-26, 2017. Mark your calendar and reserve these dates to visit campus and explore PhD program opportunities at the University of Utah!


Application Procedures

All applicants are required to use the "Apply Yourself" (AY) online application system. Below is a list of materials you will need to complete the process.

Admission Standards

Applicants must have received, prior to commencing graduate study, a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institute, college, or university. Although no single field of undergraduate specialization is required, applicants to the program must have a thorough undergraduate background in engineering and life sciences. They are expected to have mastered basic material in the following areas:

All aspects of an application will be seriously considered during the evaluation process. However, typically successful applicants have a cumulative GPA that meets or exceeds ~3.5 and GRE scores of ~156 verbal, ~165 quantitative, ~4 analytical writing. International students should have a minimum TOEFL score of 575 on the paper-based test, 232 on the computer-based test, or 90 on internet-based test. Students with TOEFL scores below 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test) may be required to enroll in English classes. The Department will also accept a minimum 7.5 IELTS score in lieu of the TOEFL.

Financial Support

Students making satisfactory progress in the Department may be eligible to receive financial support and participate in the University of Utah Graduate School Tuition Benefit Program during their graduate studies.

Most Bioengineering PhD students are supported by individual faculty members as Research Assistants (funded by grants) or Graduate Assistants (non-grant funding). Generally, MS students are expected to be self funded; however, some faculty may have the ability to support MS students (typically thesis option) as Graduate/Research Assistants.

We encourage you to contact faculty members directly at the e-mail addresses shown on their web pages in order to seek out potential research projects and to explore avenues of funding. The Admissions Committee has no direct role in determining lab placement of whether or not a particular faculty member will offer you funding. Therefore, it is in your best interest to play an active role in this process. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the types of research being conducted by a professor, to determine the potential to participate in and contribute to these lines of research. Because this research will constitute your Ph.D. dissertation or Masterís thesis, it should be an area of genuine interest to you.

A limited number of College and Department Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to exceptionally well-qualified applicants. You will be automatically considered for these awards on the basis of your application materials. You do not need to provide any additional information unless you are specifically requested to do so at a later time.

We also encourage prospective students to apply for Fellowships from extramural sources such as the National Science Foundation or the Whitaker Foundation. Please see the following website for more Fellowship information:

Bioengineering Graduate Support
College of Engineering Fellowships
Graduate School Fellowship Opportunities

Additional Information

If you need additional information, please contact our Graduate Academic Advisor, Laura L. Olsen, via e-mail laura.l.olsen@utah.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application.