Graduate Admission FAQs

Some Quick Answers to Your Application Process

Q: What is a “relevant” master’s degree, and how do I make my degree relevant?

A “relevant” master’s degree includes graded, graduate-level course work in:

  • Bioinstrumentation laboratory
  • Life science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

If your degree doesn’t meet these criteria, you’ll need to take some additional courses. Submit your BME Course Plan of Study Form and any applicable petitions to the Graduate Education Committee, which will determine what courses you need.

Q: How long does it generally take to complete a BME graduate program?

The M.S.E. program takes 1.5 – 2 years to complete; a PhD takes 4-6 years.

Q: Can I apply to more than one Rackham program?

Yes, but you will need to submit a new application form, materials, and fee for each program that you apply to.

Q: My application was rejected and I would like to apply for a future term. Can I use the same application?

Applicants who were not recommended for admission must submit a new application and pay the application fee. If the test scores are still valid, there is no need to send new scores.

Q: Do you allow part-time students in your Ph.D. program?

Ph.D. students are required to be enrolled full-time during the fall and winter terms. Information on the registration policy is available on Rackham’s website.