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The procedures involved in applying for graduate study at the Department of Biomedical Engineering are described here. To learn more about the different programs of study and degrees offered, view the Graduate Studies page.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for admission in the Fall semester only. The fees are: $0 for domestic and $15 for foreign PhD applicants, and $10 for domestic, $25 for foreign MS applicants. The application deadline for early admission is January 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 applications are subject to an additional late $30 fee.

All admitted PhD applicants will be invited for a visit, research presentations and interviews with faculty during the graduate recruitment weekend. For the Fall 2016 admission, these events are planned for February 18-21, 2016. Mark your calendar and reserve these dates to explore graduate study 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, and are expected to have mastered basic material in the following areas: mathematics (calculus through differential equations), physics (college physics with calculus, including mechanics and electronics), chemistry (organic and/or biochemistry), materials science (introductory course or strength of materials), and biology (introductory human anatomy or physiology). All aspects of an application will be seriously considered during the evaluation process. However, students should have a grade point average equivalent to 3.2 or better on a 4-point scale. 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.

Fellowships and Research Assistantships

Students making satisfactory progress in the Department typically receive stipend support and tuition waivers throughout their graduate studies.

Most Bioengineering graduate students are supported by individual faculty members as Research Assistants . Information regarding the research of individual faculty members can be found on the Department web site, and is organized by topic as well as by individual. Any faculty member with an appointment in Bioengineering may serve as your research advisor, including tenure-track faculty, research faculty, and adjunct faculty.

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 whether or not a particular faculty member will offer you funding, so it is in your best interest for you to play an active role in this process. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the types of research being conducted by a professor, and have the potential to participate in and contribute to these lines of research. Because this research will likely constitute part of your Masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation, it should be an area of genuine interest to you

A limited number of University 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.

Additional Information

If you need additional information, please contact our Graduate Academic Advisor, Laura L. Olsen, via e-mail (preferred) or by telephone 801-581-8559. Ms. Olsen can help you with most routine administrative matters.

We look forward to receiving your application.