Application Process

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please follow the directions outlined below for successful submission of your application. Note that incomplete applications cannot be reviewed and will remain at the Office of Admissions until ALL required credentials have been received. International students should apply well in advance of the deadline, as credentials typically take longer to process.

All interested students must apply through the University of Florida Graduate Application system. Please follow the explicit step outlined below to ensure a complete application to our BME Graduate Programs.

Specific Instructions for applying via the UF Application System:

Personal Info: Fill out all required information

Conduct Disclosure and Application Information: Fill out requested information and select “Main Campus-Gainesville” as the location

Program of Study: Select “Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering” and then “Biomedical Engineering” with the degree you intend to apply under and select the “Fall” term.

Note that all PhD applicants are automatically considered for the Masters program, so you do not need to apply to both. Also, all Masters program application (MS or ME) will be routed to the same applicant pool and all applicants are automatically entered into the MS program (students can easily switch to the ME program once they provide validation that they earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from an ABET accredited school).

Additional Information: Select “none” for concentration and leave the rest blank.

Note: We no longer have a Medical Physics program, so we are not accepting applications for this concentration and any applicants selecting this concentration will be canceled. If you are interested in the Medical Physics program, apply via the College of Medicine here.

Academic Background: Select your undergraduate major and specialization (if applicable). All applicants should upload their unofficial transcript(s) (you still need to request official from university but this expedites the review process).

If an international student, check the box under “Self-Reported GPA Calculation”. If domestic, calculate your GPA by following the instructions (this expedites applicant reviews).

Activities: Fill in as outlined. The site will require you to enter at least 1 activity. This section is not critical, as your resume can more clearly outline your activities.

Test Score Information: Check the required boxes. Note that all applicants must have a take the GRE. For international applicants, UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The university's TOEFL code is 5812 (see here for potential exclusions to this policy).

Please note: International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries.

Additional Questions: The more information the applicant can provide within this section of the Application, the easier it can be for the review committee to holistically review the student.

Statement of Purpose: This document serves to outline the student’s motivation for applying to a BME graduate degree at the University of Florida. As such, it should provide support regarding the student’s preparation for the rigors of a graduate program, enthusiasm for the field of BME, and specific research interests. It should also describe previous research experiences and how this lead to their current research goals. Further, research interests should align with research areas within UF (see here). Providing details as to how their interests align with unique academic and research opportunities at UF, including specific faculty in BME, will further distinguish the applicant and also help the review process.

Resume/Other: This section provides a means to upload additional documents. In this section you should:

·         All applicants must upload a resume to summarize their academic experience (upload under resume section).

·         All applicants must upload a completed Area of Study form (upload under resume section under “Other Upload” tab).

Special Program Section: Fill out the requested information as directed. Note that this section serves only to gather information regarding fellowships the applicant has applied to at the time of the application. Selecting a fellowship option in the UF Application System will not start the selected fellowship application process for the student. The student must independently apply for any fellowships via the organization’s specific process. Note: If you selected “applied to”, you must provide some form of documentation of this application to proceed to the next step. This would include any submission documents (the actual grant application is not required). If you are planning to apply for fellowships, but have not done so at this time, do not select any options or you application will remain incomplete. You are free to mention fellowships you are going to apply to in your Statement of Purpose. If interested in fellowship opportunities, please see here for a summary of some opportunities. If a student has already received a commitment of funding for their graduate work, this should be upload under the fellowship selection.

Recommendations: Three (3) Letters of Recommendations are required to apply to our graduate program. Recommenders must be designated within recommendation section of UF application. These letters cannot be sent directly to the department and must only be received via the UF Application system. The best recommendations come from faculty or references that know the applicant beyond the classroom and can clearly convey knowledge of the applicant’s research interests, attitude, and work ethic and style. If you are unable to list recommenders using the UF application system, click HERE for the paper format.

Residency Affidavit: Complete the requested information. Note that residency status has no impact on admission decisions, only tuition rates.

Application Summary: Review application for accuracy and pay application fee to submit the application.

Application Fee: Submit the $30.00 application fee via the UF Office of Admissions online application. Note: The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida provides Ph.D. application fee waivers to selected PhD applicants that meet exceptional criteria. See here for details and click here to apply: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/graduate/prospects/request-information/

Additional Documents Required to Complete Application

In addition to the UF Application system, students must also send in the REQUIRED information and/or documents listed below. Only send the materials listed below, as other materials that were not uploaded in the original application (e.g. resumes, publications, and certifications) cannot be forwarded to the department or used in the review process. Admission decisions cannot be made until all required application materials have been received.

  • Official GRE score report sent directly from ETS (www.ets.org). Use institution code 5812 (no departmental code is needed).
  • For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident applicants: Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • For international applicants, English language test score (TOEFLY or other approved test) report sent directly from ETS (www.ets.org) to institution code 5812. Please see the International Admissions page (http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html) to determine tests options, submission process, and exemption options.
  • For International Applicants: Official transcripts and diplomas/degree certificates from all schools attended in the original language, accompanied by an official English translation

Mail all required documentation to:

Office of Admissions
University of Florida
P. O. Box 114000
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
USA

Note: The P. O. Box number may be excluded when using mail carriers that only accept a physical address (i.e. DHL).

DO NOT SEND PRINTED MATERIALS, TRANSCRIPTS OR SCORES TO THE BME DEPARTMENT AS THESE MUST BE ROUTED VIA THE UF ADMISSION SYSTEM.

After submitting your application:

You may check your application status anytime at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/appstatus.html 

 Questions regarding admission process or status?

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions section first. Note that the high volume of applications our department receives during this time prevents us from providing personalized responses regarding application strategies or status. Further, Federal and State privacy laws prevent us from answering questions regarding application status over the phone, so do not call the BME Office to inquire about your application status. If you do have critical questions that are not addressed by the FAQ page or by checking your status on-line, please email grad@bme.ufl.edu and include you UFID so we may track your application.