Frequently Asked Questions

Program

  1. Where can I learn about the graduate program requirements?
  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. Am I required 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 have 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?

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. Can you tell me the status of my application?
  7. Can you confirm that materials have been received by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and International student and Scholar Services (ISSS)?
  8. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?
  9. When will I know my admission status? 
  10. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted what paperwork do I need to complete?
  11. My GRE or TOEFL scores expire before the application deadline. If I apply for they expire, will they still count?
  12. I applied last year and wasn't accepted. Can you provide me with specific feedback on my application?
  13. How do I submit my transcripts as part of the application for admission? Do I need official transcripts?
  14. I can't find the application on ApplyTexas. Where is it?
  15. I  haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late can I take it?
  16. Do you accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores?

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive? 
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship, teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant position?
  3. What is the requirement to become a TA or GRA?
  4. What is the minimum stipend for TAs and GRAs?
  5. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?
  6. Are M.S.E. students funded? 
  7. Should I apply for financial aid?
  8. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?
  9. 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 (2 classes), as long as those courses do not count toward another degree. Transfer credit will be determined after admittance and enrollment in the program. 
  3. How can I schedule a visit with the department?

    Due to the overwhelming number of requests to visit our department, we do not conduct individual visits. Applicants who are offered admission may  have the opportunity to visit during recruitment events. To meet with a faculty member outside of a recruitment event, 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?

    Change of major applications are not accepted. Even if you are currently a UT graduate student, you must apply to the program.
  5. Am I required 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 but averages 5 to 6 year for the Ph.D. degree and 2-3 years for the M.S.E. degree while studing full-time
  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.
  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? 

    Application statistics are maintained by the Graduate School and can be found here

Application Process

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

    Admissions applications are due December 1. After completing the initial application, it takes approximately 4 hours to receive the link to upload additional documents. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline to ensure all materials are received on time. 
  2. Can I submit materials late?

    No, you may not submit materials after the deadline or change your application. Ensure your first submission is accurate and complete as changes are not allowed. 
  3. Do I have to take the TOEFL?

    International applicants are required to take the TOEFL and submit official, valid, unexpired scores as part of the application process. The score must be valid at the application deadline. The Department of Biomedical Engineering does not accept IELTS scores for English proficiency. Some international applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL. Learn more.
  4. Is there an application fee waiver?

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

    We strongly encourage you to submit application materials online. If you must submit paper documents, do not send them to the Biomedical Engineering Department. Instead, send materials to the Graduate and International Admissions.
  6. Can you tell me the status of my application?

    Applicants may check their application and materials submission on the MyStatus page.
  7. Can you confirm that materials have been received by the 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 the MyStatus page.
  8. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?

    After entering your recommender’s information in the application, an automatic email will be sent to them with instructions for submitting their recommendation 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 MyStatus page 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. Submitting an early application will ensure your recommendation letters are received by the deadline.
  9. When will I know my admission status?

    You will receive notification typically by the end of March for fall admission. All applicants will receive notification; please do not contact us asking for updates. 
  10. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted, what paperwork do I need to complete?

    Review our admissions page to learn more about paperwork and application materials. You should also review the International Student and Scholar Services page.

    Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must apply using the domestic application. Students who are permanent residents of the U.S. are not required to submit TOEFL scores. 
  11. My GRE or TOEFL 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.
  12. 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.
  13. How do I submit my transcripts as part of the application for admission? DO I need official transcripts? 

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

    The Cockrell School of Engineering uses a separate application and does not accept the ApplyTexas application. Click here for the correct application
  15. I haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late an 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. 
  16. Do you accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores? 
    We do not accept MCAT scores. A valid score of the GRE is required for admission to the M.S.E. and Ph.D. programs.

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive?

    Only students admitted to the Ph.D. program are guaranteed full funding throughout their program to graduation. Doctoral students receive tuition, stipend, and funds for health insurance through a combination of fellowships and employment as a teaching assistant or graduate research assistant.
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship, teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant position?

    If admitted, the department may nominate you for institutional fellowships. You will be contacted if we need additional information or materials from you. Students who are not funded by a fellowship will be assigned as a TA or GRA after admittance. All Ph.D. students admitted to the program are guaranteed funding for the duration of their studies, as long as they make satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree.

    M.S.E. students can apply for TA position to earn funding toward tuition, a stipend, and health care coverage. Although not guaranteed, M.S.E. students may earn funding through a GRA position as well. More information about Academic Employment policies are provided by the Graduate School.
  3. What is the requirement to become a TA or GRA?

    All BME Ph.D. students must serve as a TA for at least two semesters. Students apply to be a TA and are assigned after admittance to the program. We do not accept TA or GRA applications prior to admittance.
  4. What is the minimum stipend for TAs and GRAs?

    Incoming BME Ph.D. students will receive a minimum stipend of $26,000 per year. The stipend may be supplemented with fellowships from the Cockrell School of Engineering.

    M.S.E. students who earn a position as a TA or GRA will receive commensurate stipend rates as well.
  5. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?

    Student academic employees (TAs and GRAs) also receive a tuition benefit and are eligible for UT’s employee health insurance. Admitted students should discuss professional development support with their supervisor.
  6. Are M.S.E. students funded?

    Master’s students are not guaranteed support but may earn support in some semesters. Learn more
  7. 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.
  8. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?

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

    Departmental staff cannot provide tax guidance to students. However, you can learn more about tax considerations here.