University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

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Hardened in a plate of polymer plastic, a cross section of a cancerous tumor is pictured after being milled and macro-photographed in layers of 1/1000th of an inch at time in the Advanced Fabrication Lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Hardened in a plate of polymer plastic, a cross-section of a cancerous tumor after being milled and macrophotographed in layers of 1/1000th of an inch at time at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The Advanced Fabrication Lab is part of the Medical Devices team led by Thomas "Rock" Mackie, professor of medical physics and biomedical engineering, in the Morgridge Institute for Research. Photo: Jeff Miller.

Admission to the graduate program


Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.) or science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, immunology, physics, etc.). Each application is judged on the basis of previous academic record, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for the general test (or TOEFL examination for international students), three letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Students admitted to the program may be required to make up deficiency course requirements. In addition, all applicants must satisfy requirements that are set forth by the Graduate School.


Materials should be submitted as described below and received by the following deadline dates: Fall Entry — December 31; Spring Entry — October 1; and Summer Entry — February 1. Note checklists provided by BME and the Graduate School.

The application cannot be processed until we have received all of the application material and the file is complete.


  • Online application

    • Statement of purpose explaining why you want to pursue further education in BME. As part of your Statement of Purpose, please mention the names of faculty members you would be interested in doing research with during your graduate program.

    • Three letters of recommendation. These letters are required from people who can accurately judge your academic or research performance. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically to graduate programs through the online application.

  • Official GRE aptitude scores. (MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE). Notify ETS to send the scores to us (institution code 1846, department 1603).

  • Official TOEFL scores. Required for international students unless a degree from a U.S. educational institution is held (institution code 1846, department 69).

    An applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer based test (CBT) score below 237; (TOEFL internet based iBT) test score below 92; IELTS score below 7; or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. Depending on your score you may need to register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the first semester you are enrolled.

    Any international applicant who will hold a teaching Assistantship (TA), and whose native language is not English must:

    1. Take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) prior to admission, or
    2. Take the SPEAK test when arriving on campus

  • Application fee - online or by check or money order, in U.S. dollars--payable to the University of Wisconsin. Send this directly to the Graduate School. By state law, this fee cannot be waived or deferred.

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work. One official copy must be sent to the BME Grad Admissions Office for each school attended (see below). Please do not send transcripts or any other departmental documentation to the Graduate School.

    BME Graduate Admissions
    3182 Mechanical Engineering Building
    1513 University Ave.
    Madison, WI 53706