Grade Point Average (GPA)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Deadlines and due dates
Application for admission
Graduate degrees in biomedical engineering
BME Employment Information
What is the GPA requirement to get into graduate school at the UW-Madison?
Please visit the Graduate School Admission Requirements.
Typically, graduate students admitted into BME have GPAs greater than 3.5.
What is the GRE or MCAT requirement for the Biomedical Engineering Department?
Applicants to the BME graduate program are required to report either a GRE or MCAT score. There are no specific minimum requirements, but generally our students score in the top 75%tile or greater for the analytical and quantitative (GRE) or physical sciences (MCAT) portions of the exams. These scores are just one factor in the application review process.
Is either the GRE or MCAT acceptable?
Yes, either the GRE or MCAT is accepted by the Biomedical Engineering Department. Please have ETS send your GRE score to the Graduate School at the UW-Madison. Please give ETS the institution code of 1846 to transmit the score. You do not need to indicate a department code. If you send us a photocopy of your GRE score, ETS still must send the official score to the Graduate School.
What is the TOEFL requirement?
The BME department expects international students to report a TOEFL score. A TOEFL score of 625 (paper-based) or greater is required to be considered for admission to the graduate program.
Who is required to take the TOEFL?
Please visit the Graduate School Admission Requirements. Please note that if you take the TOEFL more than once, we will consider your highest score.
What are the deadlines to be considered for financial support?
The Biomedical Engineering Department has no deadline for financial support, but generally awards funding to applications who apply for Fall admission. The Fall application deadline is December 31st, but we evaluate candidates on a rolling basis and so strongly recommend you apply as early as possible Supporting material must be received by January 30th to receive an evaluation.
Research assistantships are available from individual faculty based on available research funding and needs and can be awarded any time after admission to the BME graduate program has been granted.
What is the application deadline for fall semester?
The application deadline for fall semester is December 31st, although we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. Available space is limited. The later you apply, the lower your chances are for admission and to obtain funding. Supporting material must be received by January 30th to receive an evaluation.
What is the application deadline for spring semester?
The application deadline for spring semester is October 1st, although we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. Supporting material must be received by November 1st to receive an evaluation.
What is the application deadline for summer semester?
We do not encourage students to apply for Summer, as there are not many courses offered. The application deadline for summer semester is February 1st. Supporting materials MUST be received by March 1st to receive an evaluation.
How do I apply to the Biomedical Engineering Department?
Apply online at Graduate School Application Form.
What if my undergraduate degree is in a bioscience field?
Bioscience majors have been successful in our program as long as exhibit strong aptitude in math and the physical sciences. Some additional undergraduate course work may be required after enrolling in the BME graduate program to fill training gaps.
What should the statement of purpose (reasons for graduate school) include?
The statement of purpose should include technical areas of interest, research experience, professional goals, and any other items unique or relevant to your qualifications for graduate school. See the sample outline. As part of your Statement of Purpose, please mention the names of the faculty members you would be interested in doing research with during your graduate program.
What items need to be included in my application packet to the Biomedical Engineering Program?
Reasons for Graduate Study - if not included in your online application. We prefer that you upload a statement of purpose with your online application, but a paper copy can be mailed if necessary.
Official Transcripts - See the details about transcripts.
Three letters of recommendation - See the instructions for sending letters. Please do not send any more than 3 letters - only the first three will be considered. Again, we prefer if you have the letters sent electronically through your online application, but paper copies can be mailed.
Resume - ONLY if applying for the PhD program.
DO NOT send your application fee or any financial documents to the department. The application fee should be mailed to the Graduate School or paid online (see next question) and financial documents should not be sent until requested.
Please do not send any other additional documents, such as high school transcripts, extra letters of recommendation, awards, certificates, etc.
Mail application materials that are not submitted online to:
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
3182 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Email: bme at engr.wisc.edu
I received an e-mail instructing me to log into Grad Apps, what is that?
GradApps is an additional database where we request you to fill out a questionnaire. This is extremely important, as this is where we ask you to indicate your area of interest. Applications will not be considered until this questionnaire is completed.
What items do I need to send to the Grad School?
The only item that should be mailed to the Graduate School initially is your application fee (which can also be paid by credit card). All other application documents, except for financial documents, should be sent to the department at the address listed above. Please send all financial documents to the graduate school. Please visit Graduate School Checklist.
If I apply to more than one department, do I have to send an application packet to each department?
Yes. Send a separate complete packet of application materials to each department or program you are applying to. NOTE: We will NOT copy an application packet for you and send it to another department or program.
If I apply for one semester, but want to reapply for another, how do I do that?
Applicants changing to the immediate adjacent term will not be required to complete a new application, but please note if you applied in Spring, you will be reconsidered for Summer (not Fall). Only applicants applying to a non-adjacent session will have to submit a new application and pay a new fee.
What do you mean by official transcripts?
Official transcripts or academic records are required from each institution attended as an undergraduate. We do not need any high school transcripts. If you have completed a MS degree, it is helpful to send us the transcripts but it is not required. *International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature. Transcripts should be sent to the department at the address above. A copy of your official transcript can be submitted for application review purposes. Your official transcript will be required to be submitted to the graduate school should you be admitted into the graduate program.
How do the recommendation letters need to be sent and can an electronic request be sent more than once to a recommender?
Again, we prefer if you have the letters sent electronically through your online application, but paper copies can be mailed. Please follow the instructions on the Graduate School website. Please do not send any more than 3 letters as only the first three will be considered. If your recommender has lost the initial e-mail request, you can log back into your online application and send a reminder e-mail.
Do I have to pay any tuition and fees?
Yes, unless you have an assistantship. Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Program/Project Assistants must have a minimum of a 1/3 time position in order to be eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission does not include segregated fees, which will be your responsibility each term. For further information on Graduate School tuition, fees, and stipends, please go to: http://registrar.wisc.edu/students/fees_tuition/.
How much is the application fee, how do I pay it, and where do I send it?
Please visit the Graduate School Checklist. The only item that should be mailed to the Graduate School is your application fee (which can also be paid by credit card and online).
Can I get the application fee waived?
The application fee cannot be waived
What are the international student expenses?
Please visit Graduate School Financial Information. Please do not mail any financial documents unless requested.
What degrees are offered in Biomedical Engineering?
MS in Biomedical Engineering
PhD in Biomedical Engineering
About how long will it take me to obtain an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering?
Approximately 2 years.
About how long will it take me to obtain a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering?
Coming in with an MS degree, approximately 3.5 years.
Coming in without an MS degree, approximately 5 years.
How are applications reviewed?
The Biomedical Engineering Department has an admissions committee comprised of faculty who review all graduate applications submitted.
How many students are admitted each semester and what are my chances of being admitted?
Please see our Program Profile for more information. Although we accept applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer, the majority of our applicants begin in the Fall of each year. Admission into the Biomedical Engineering Department is very competitive, and the number we accept varies on a year-to-year basis, largely dependent on how many faculty are looking for students and/or how many faculty have funds to support new graduate students.
Do all admitted students obtain funding?
It is our experience that nearly all doctoral students in the BME department obtain funding, but there are no guarantees. A limited number receive fellowships. Research Assistantships are available from individual faculty based on their research funding and awarded when grants are funded and after applications for BME admission are accepted. Sometimes there are Project Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Traineeships also available. A few students enrolled in MS coursework program are self funded.
Admission with or without funding — what does this mean?
Admitted with funding:
We have a limited number of University or Departmental fellowships to offer each year. In addition, there are Research Assistantships that are offered to grad applicants from individual faculty members. Teaching Assistantships (TA) are possible through specific departments with more opportunity in lower level courses, such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics. Often, funding matches with specific faculty occur during the Visit Wisconsin Weekend in the spring.
Admitted without funding:
If you are admitted without funding, please know that you will be considered by BME faculty for potential support. You are also encouraged to contact faculty in BME whose research is of particular interest. Our list is at http://www.engr.wisc.edu/bme/faculty/. Please wait to hear from us about your admission without aid before contacting faculty for support. You may also apply to BME specific TA positions after being admitted or other TA positions on campus.
How will I know if my application is complete?
Due to the volume of applications, please allow up to 4 weeks for your documents to be processed and your application check list updated. Please do not e-mail our office to confirm your transcripts have arrived, as we will not respond to these inquiries. When we process your individual application materials, we will notify you if there is anything missing. If your application is complete, you will see a box checked "Application Complete" in your MyUW.
How will I know when a decision has been made on my application?
We will either inform you of the decision the admissions committee makes on your application via e-mail, or we will send you a letter in the mail.
BME Employment Information
Where are some of the most recent alumni from Biomedical Engineering employed?
Visit Engineering Career Services for further information regarding BME student placement in industry.
American Medical Systems
Gore & Associates
Medical University of South Carolina
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
St. Jude Medical, Inc
Shumaker & Sieffert
Smith & Nephew
Tucker Davis Technologies
United States patent and Trademark Office
University of Wisconsin