Graduate Admissions

General Requirements

Biomedical Engineering graduate students come to the department with strong academic records and show a strong potential to succeed at an advanced level. Successful applicants typically have:

  • B.S. in Engineering or the Physical Sciences (Physics, Polymer Science, Applied Math). Applications from closely related disciplines, particularly in the quantitative life sciences, will also be considered.
  • minimum 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale).

Master’s vs. PhD

Apply to the master’s program if you plan to end your studies at the master’s level. Apply to the Ph.D. program directly if you plan to pursue a Ph.D. ( If you do not currently hold a relevant master’s degree, you will earn it during the first two years of the Ph.D. program.)

  • If you have a Masters degree from a BME program at another school, you cannot apply to the Masters program

Entrance requirements

  • Biology Course with Lab or Physiology Course with Lab
  • Biological Science
  • Physics (2 terms)
  • Mathematics (through ordinary differential equations)
  • Minimum of 4 engineering courses

Each applicant’s background and preparation is evaluated during the admissions process.

Apply to the Rackham Graduate School

Applications are accepted for the fall term only. Submit all materials online through the Rackham Graduate School. Do not mail materials to the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Application deadlines

  • Ph.D. Applicants: December 1st (Note: New deadline!)
  • M.S. Applicants: January 15th*

*The deadline for applications for matriculation in Fall 2020 has been extended due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are interested in the BME Master’s Program, please email Ms. Maria Steele ( to find out more about the application requirements and process for entrance in Fall 2020.

Prepare your Application

Once an application is submitted, the materials cannot be modified. Please review your application carefully before you submit it.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from people best qualified to speak to your academic and research skills.

  • Letters are submitted online.
  • If your recommender does not want to submit their letter online, have them contact Maria Steele.


  • Scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records.
  • Submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript to Rackham before the graduate program application deadline.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should include your research interests and the name(s) of the faculty whom you are interested in working.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should include information on your life experiences and background, including what led you to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.


Admission typically requires a 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale). This is a guideline and is not strict.

If your institution does not use a 4.0 grading scale, the Rackham Graduate School will convert your GPA when they receive your official transcripts.


  • The general GRE is required for our Ph.D. program only. It is not required for our M.S. program.
  • Because our focus is on academic and research potential, we have no set minimum GRE scores.
  • Scores are valid for five years. We accept scores that expire during the application process providing the application is submitted before the expiration date.

Institution code: 1839


Rackham English Proficiency Exemptions

You qualify for an exemption from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria are met:

  • You are a native speaker of English.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You completed all of your graduate education and earned a graduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You are a current U-M student.

Examples of meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  • You completed the last three years of your undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, and in addition, earned a Master’s degree that was one and one-half years in duration at the University of London.
  • You completed the last two years of your undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, and in addition, earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Example of not meeting the English Proficiency Exemption criteria:

  • You completed two years of an undergraduate degree program at an overseas institution (Fudan University) where the medium of instruction is a language other than English. You then transferred to an institution (Monash University) where all classes are taught exclusively in English and earned a degree from that institution.
  • IBT TOEFL minimum overall score is 84
  • IELTS minimum overall score is 6.5

Institution code    1839

More information about required tests

Visit the Rackham Graduate School website.

Get Help

If you or your recommenders experience technical difficulty while applying, please contact Rackham.

Application Status

Applicants who would like to check the status of their materials, including GRE and TOEFL scores, should visit Rackham’s website.

Admission Decision

The BME Department typically makes decisions by the middle of April. Applicants are notified of decisions via email.

If an applicant is recommended for admission, Rackham will contact the applicant if additional information is required to finalize the admission.


Applicants whose admission has been finalized by Rackham may request to defer their admission for one year. The request should be sent to Maria Steele and should include the reason for the deferral.