Frequently Asked Questions

Program

  1. Where can I learn about the graduate program?
  2. Can I transfer coursework?
  3. How can I schedule a visit with the department?
  4. I am currently a graduate student at The Unversity of Texas at Austin. Can I complete a Change of Major application to apply to BME?
  5. Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering to apply?
  6. What professional development and extracurricular activities are available for students?
  7. What are the requirements to enter the graduate program?
  8. How long does it typically take to finish the degree?
  9. I've contacted faculty and haven't received a response. What do I do now?
  10. Who are the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering?
  11. What are the application statistics for the department (e.g., average test scores/GPAs, number of applicants and admits, majors)?

Application Process

  1. When is the application due and when should I submit it?
  2. Can I submit materials late?
  3. Do I have to take the TOEFL?
  4. Is there an application fee waiver?
  5. Where do I send paper/print documentation?
  6. How do I make changes to my application?
  7. Can you tell me the status of my application?
  8. Can you confirm that materials have been received by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and International student and Scholar Services (ISSS)?
  9. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?
  10. When will I know if I've been admitted?
  11. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted what paperwork do I need to complete?
  12. My GRE scores expire before the application deadline. If I apply for they expire, will they still count?
  13. I applied last year and wasn't accepted. Can you provide me with specific feedback on my application?
  14. How do I submit my transcripts? Do I need official transcripts?
  15. I can't find the application on ApplyTexas. Where is it?
  16. I  haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late can I take it?

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive?
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship or assistantship?
  3. What is the minimum stipend rate for GRAs/TAs?
  4. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?
  5. Are master's students funded?
  6. Should I apply for financial aid?
  7. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?
  8. Am I required to pay taxes?


Program

  1. Where can I learn about the graduate program?

    View information about the BME graduate program here.
  2. Can I transfer coursework?

    UT Austin permits the transfer of up to 6 hours of coursework as long as those courses do not count toward another degree.
  3. How can I schedule a visit with the department?

    Please email the Graduate Coordinator in advance to set up a meeting. To meet with faculty, you should contact them directly.
  4. I am currently a graduate student at The University of Texas Austin. Can I complete a Change of Major application to apply to BME?

    Even if you are currently a UT graduate student, you must apply to the program. Change of major applications are not accepted.
  5. Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering to apply?

    The department accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, natural sciences, math, physics, computer science, etc.
  6. What professional development and extracurricular activities are available for students?

    Our students participate in national and departmental engineering organizations. BME also hosts several speakers throughout the year, and a number of our students attend and present at national and international conferences.
  7. What are the requirements to enter the graduate program?

    Learn more about requirements here
  8. How long does it typically take to finish the degree?

    The time to completion varies. The average as of 2012 is 5.7 years.
  9. I've contacted faculty and haven't received a response. What do I do now?

    Our faculty teach, research, and travel often. Follow up with them. If after a while you still cannot get in touch, you may contact the Graduate Coordinator and/or Graduate Advisor to follow up.
  10. Who are the faculty in the department of Biomedical Engineering?

    Learn more about our faculty here.
  11. What are the application statistics for your department (e.g., average scores/GPAs, number of applicants and admits, majors)?

    The department does not publish scores, GPAs, or other information about applicants. All aspects of the application are considered by the admissions committee.


Application Process

  1. When is the application due and when should I submit it?

    Review application deadlines here. You should submit your application well in advance of the deadline as it can take days to weeks for materials to arrive and be processed by the university.
  2. Can I submit materials late?

    No, you may not submit materials after the deadline. Once you have officially submitted your application online, you may not make any changes or additions, even if it is before the deadline.
  3. Do I have to take the TOEFL?

    International students are required to take the TOEFL. The score must be valid at the application deadline. Learn more about exceptions.
  4. Is there an application fee waiver?

    Some students are eligible for a fee waiver.
  5. Where do I send paper/print documentation?

    We strongly encourage you to submit your application materials online. If you choose to send hard copy materials, please do not send them to the Biomedical Engineering Department. Instead, send materials to Graduate and International Admissions.
  6. How do I make changes to my application?

    Once you have officially submitted your application online, you may not make any changes. Before you submit, please make sure your application is complete and you are satisfied with your submission.
  7. Can you tell me the status of my application?

    Applicants may check their application and materials submission status.
  8. Can you confirm that materials have been received by Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)?

    The department cannot confirm that application materials have been received. You may check your status page.
  9. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?

    Your references will receive an automatic email when you input their information into your application providing them with instructions for submitting their reference online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that these are submitted prior to the deadline. Once you have submitted your application, you can use the self-service feature on the My Status Website to resend the Request for Reference email to your recommenders, if necessary. You can use this site to supply an alternate email such as gmail, if your recommender's spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. 
  10. When will I know if I've been admitted?

    You will receive notification by the end of March for fall admission.
  11. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted, what paperwork do I need to complete?

    Review the admissions page to learn more about paperwork and application materials. You should also review the International Student and Scholar Services page.
  12. My GRE scores expire before the application deadline. If I apply before they expire, will they still count?

    Your scores must be valid at the application deadline.
  13. I applied last year and wasn't accepted. Can you provide me with specific feedback on my application?

    Each year we receive a large number of competitive applications and are not able to provide individualized feedback. Know that every applicant's materials are reviewed. Coursework, GPAs, scores, references, personal statements, and CVs are all heavily considered in the admissions process.
  14. How do I submit my transcripts? Do I need official transcripts? 

    Find information and instructions on how to submit your transcripts here
  15. I can't find the application on ApplyTexas. Where is it? 

    The Cockrell School of Engineering uses a separate application. Apply now
  16. I  haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late can I take it? 

    The GRE is required. If we do not have your official scores by the application deadline, your application may not be reviewed. We recommend  you take the GRE by October to ensure your scores are received by the December 1 deadline for fall admissions. Visit the ETS website for more information on getting your scores. 

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive?

    Only students in the Ph.D. program are guaranteed funding. Doctoral students are fully funded and receive tuition, stipend and insurance through a combination of fellowships and/or employment as a TA/GRA.
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship or assistantship?

    If you are admitted, the department nominates you for institutional fellowships. You will be contacted if we need additional information or materials from you. We will also contact you if you need to apply for any type of assistantship.
  3. What is the minimum stipend rate for GRAs/TAs?

    Incoming BME students will receive a minimum stipend of $26,000 per year.
  4. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?

    Student academic employees also receive a tuition benefit and are eligible for UT's employee insurance. You will have to discuss any professional development support with your supervisor.
  5. Are master's students funded?

    Master's students are not guaranteed support. Learn more about financial aid.
  6. Should I apply for financial aid?

    Whether or not you apply for financial aid is up to you. Doctoral students are fully funded and generally do not apply for aid. Master's students may need to since they are not guaranteed departmental financial support for their degrees.
  7. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?

    The department awards travel grants for the fall, spring and summer sessions. Supervisors may also provide support for their students depending on the funding they have available.
  8. Am I required to pay taxes?

    University administrators may not provide tax guidance to students. However, you can learn more about tax considerations here.