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Biomedical Engineering (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The BME GIDP offers an Accelerated Master's of Science program for exceptional students enrolled at the University of Arizona for both their bachelor's and master's degrees. Students obtain a B.S. in Biosystems or Systems Engineering and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. The M.S. is completed in one year beyond the B.S degree.

General requirements for Accelerated Master's Programs are set by the office of Academic Affairs, and can be found here.

Most importantly, the Accelerated Master’s Program is not designed to accelerate progress towards a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering.  The intent of the AMP is to provide students with a terminal M.S. degree that they can then use to accelerate their careers in industry or medical research institutions.  The AMP program is not a stepping-stone for obtaining a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree within 7 years, which is an unlikely scenario within our program. Students who are interested in a Ph.D. degree should consider the Ph.D. program rather than the AMP.

Qualified students apply to the program nominally in the second semester of their junior year (i.e. with two full semesters remaining in their undergraduate program). Application deadlines are December 1st for international students and January 6th for domestic.

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
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements:

1. Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.

2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA.

3. Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major at The University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.

4. Completion or near completion of general education requirements.

5. Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.

6. Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.

7. Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Recommended GRE Subject tests:

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

Financial Aid

Financial support from the program is not normally provided to students in the Accelerated Masters Program. Students are encouraged to obtain a relevant position at UA or industry that can provide the experience necessary for the master's thesis or report. Such positions may be paid or students can obtain course credit (e.g. industrial/clinical internship BME 693). Due to the accelerated nature of the program, outside employment not related to the masters thesis or report is strongly discouraged.

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.

The BME Graduate Interdisciplinary Program also encourages individual students to seek supplementary Predoctoral Fellowship funding. This provides the student with an opportunity to develop grant-writing skills and permits the student to supplement the stipend. The Resources Committee provides guidance in this endeavor by identifying potential funding agencies.


Admissions Deadlines

We currently admit students to begin our program in Fall only. Applications are only accepted between September 15th 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

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st
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
  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 can be uploaded to the Grad App portal or sent as an email attachement to the following address:, but must be on letterhead and come directly from the recommender.
  4. An original official transcript that can be uploaded via the Grad Path portal. 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.

Minor Requirements

There are no minor requirements for the Accelerated Master's program.

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Last revised 05 Dec 2016