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Biomedical Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at The University of Arizona offers exciting opportunities for students interested in research and training related to biomedical engineering. Students can learn in a broad range of areas, integrating engineering, mathematics, biology, and medicine in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment. The Biomedical Engineering Graduate program offers Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees as well as graduate minor degrees in related disciplines.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Biomedical Engineering -

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Patricia L Stanley
Graduate Program Coordinator
Patricia L Stanley
Director of Graduate Studies
Theodore P Trouard
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  1. Official transcripts of current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Our Institution Code is 4832, and Department Code is 1603. Only the general GRE scores are necessary, and we recommend a minimum of 500 verbal and 650 quantitative, as well as 650 analytical on tests taken before October 2002 or a 3 on the new analytical writing section.
  2. A 1-2 page essay or statement of purpose describing your background, research interests and career goals. Include in your statement any information pertinent to your research experience, whether in course work, special projects or employment. Please explain why you want to obtain a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and what, specifically, led you to apply to our graduate program. This can be uploaded via the Grad App portal or sent as an email attachment to the following address:
  3. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or individuals knowledgeable about your academic and scientific abilities. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via the Grad App portal or sent as an email attachment to the following address:, but must be on letterhead and come directly from the recommender.
  4. An original official transcript. Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in enginering, mathematics, physical sciences, or quantitative life sciences for admission into the Program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If you are currently attending or have graduated from the University of Arizona, our program will obtain copies of your transcript. Previous coursework including two courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and at least one course in life science is required. Applicants lacking in some area at the time of application may provide a plan to gain competence in these areas, or may request conditional admission status.
  5. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit the TOEFL with a score of 600 or more, as well as provide a Financial Guarantee statement as part of their application.

Financial assistance, such as assistantships, traineeships, fellowships and internships, is available according to merit and awarded on a competitive basis after review of the applicants admitted to our program.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Required GRE Subject tests:

Recommended tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:

Minimum GRE Verbal: 500
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 650
Minumum GRE Written: 3.0
Minimum TOEFL: 600 or greater
Minimum IELTS:

Financial Aid

Funding for Masters students is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Students may also be supported by a variety of fellowships and awards, many of which are listed by the Graduate College. The University of Arizona Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid also provides financial aid information.


Admissions Deadlines

We currently admit students to begin our program in Fall only. Applications are only accepted between October 1st and January 6th. All application materials must be submitted by December 1 of the year preceding entrance for international applicants, and January 6th of the entrance year for domestic applicants.

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 6th - Deadline for receipt of all completed applications

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st -  Deadline for receipt of all completed applications
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Master of Science Requirements

All M.S. students in the program must complete a minimum of 35 units of graduate credit including the following courses:(a) four Biomedical Engineering core courses; (b) a minimum of 3 units in a BME approved ethics course; (c) BME seminar and student forum every semester offered, but only four units will count towards the degree; (d) 1 unit of Research methods in Biomedical Engineering (lab rotations); (e) 9 units in graduate engineering, life or physical sciences, or mathematics courses; and (f) 6 units of BME Thesis. The remaining units may be chosen by the student to supplement their plan of study. A final thesis defense is required. The Master of Science program is an unfunded, two-year program. The student is expected to pay all expenses.


Minimum GPA: 3.0 or higher - recommended (3.3)

Minor Requirements

The BME MS program does not require that students complete a minor.

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Last revised 19 Sep 2017