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
  • M.S. Applicants: January 15th

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. For the Ph.D. program in particular, these letters are important parts of the admissions review process to assess your readiness for graduate-level coursework and research.

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


Step 1: Upload a Scanned Copy of the Official Transcript to ApplyWeb

  • All applicants must upload a scanned copy, front and back, of their official transcript/academic record issued by the Registrar or Records Office, to ApplyWeb for each bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree earned or in progress. The scanned copy of the official transcript is used for initial review by the graduate program faculty.
  • If you are attending or have graduated from a Non-U.S. institution, review the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for requirements by country. 

Step 2: After an Offer of Admission, Submit the Official Transcript

  • An official transcript must be submitted to Rackham only after an offer of admission is made.
  • Please see Rackham’s website for information on how to submit transcripts/academic records to the Rackham Graduate School.

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.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Your resume or curriculum vitae should list out your relevant work and research experience and skills. If you have been an author on any conference presentations, publications, patents, or other materials, these should be clearly listed. These types of materials can be important factors towards consideration for Ph.D. admissions.


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


  • The general GRE is not accepted for the M.S. or the Ph.D. programs.

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 see Rackham’s website.  

Admission Decision

Each application is reviewed by at least two faculty members. Applications are reviewed with a holistic perspective, assessing strengths and weaknesses across the full application. Considerations may also made with respect to fit of student interests with faculty research areas that are recruiting students in a given year. Graduate admissions, particularly for the Ph.D. program is very competitive. The Rackham Graduate School maintains a dashboard of program statistics which provides information on application selectivity and other factors of interest.

The department typically has one or two recruitment weekends in which students under consideration for admission are invited to campus to interview with faculty, meet with students, and experience our environment and community. The BME Department typically makes final admissions decisions after these visits, no later than 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.