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COVID-19 Impacts

The GRE requirement is waived for applicants seeking entry in fall 2021. This is a temporary accommodation due to COVID-19 and applies to Biomedical Engineering graduate programs only. If you are applying to multiple programs at UT Austin, please check with the other programs regarding GRE requirements.

After submitting an application, you may see the GRE requirement listed on your to-do list in MyStatus for up to 72 hours. There is no need to inquire with us. The requirement will eventually be removed from your MyStatus page.

This accommodation does not apply to TOEFL requirements for international students.

We will make every effort to be flexible in accepting recommended coursework that has been moved to a Pass/Fail format in the Spring/Winter 2020 semester.

Holistic Review

The BME admissions committee takes a holistic approach to application reviews. We fully review every application that we receive by the established deadline. We do not use cut-off scores to eliminate applicants from the pool, and we do not require minimum GRE scores to apply. The committee considers all parts of the application when making admission decisions: 

  • Grade Point Average
  • Official GRE scores (waived for 2021 admissions cycle)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Structured Personal Statement
  • Undergraduate degree area and institution
  • Transcripts
  • Research and work experience
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Contribution to diversity through personal experience and volunteer service

 The Graduate School reports average GRE and GPA numbers of applicants, admitted students, and entrants to our program

TOEFL scores (if applicable) are required to apply. Scores must be valid on the application deadline. We do not accept IELTS scores in lieu of TOEFL scores. 

Recommended Prerequisite College-level Courses

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field, and we admit students from many different backgrounds including biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and other engineering disciplines. To ensure admitted students are prepared for our graduate engineering curriculum, the BME admissions committee recommends applicants complete the following courses prior to applying:

  • Calculus-based physics (two semesters)
  • Differential equations
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Cell or molecular biology
  • Physiology

An M.S. degree is not required to apply. Doctoral applicants should possess a B.S. or B.A. degree in an area compatible with the field of biomedical engineering. If you possess an M.S. degree, some of your previous graduate coursework may be applied toward the Ph.D. program of work. 

M.S.E. applicants should possess a B.S. or a B.A. degree in an area compatible with the field of biomedical engineering. 

Application Cycles & Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted for fall admission only for both doctoral and master's degree programs. All application materials must be received by December 1 for full consideration. We do not typically admit students in the spring semester. Spring admission for doctoral applicants is possible via faculty nomination only. All admissions decision are made in the context of laboratory space and resources available each year. 

Admission decisions are communicated to applicants by the end of March. 

Applications that are incomplete as of December 1, including all documents and scores, will not be given full consideration. The deadline is absolute and we cannot grant extensions due to the condensed timeline of the admissions process.

After submitting your application for admission through the Cockrell School of Engineering, it can take up to 48 hours to receive a link to upload required documents. Please take this into consideration and submit your application early.

Review instructions to apply to the B.S. BME/M.S.E. Integrated Program (available for current UT Austin biomedical engineering students).