Graduate Admissions

 

Fall Admission

  • Ph.D. Applications: December 5th
    • All application material, including letters of recommendations, must be received by the Academic Office on or before this deadline
  • MS Applications: December 31st
    • All application material, including letters of recommendations, must be received by the Academic Office on or before this deadline.

Spring and Summer admissions are restricted to current UF students transferring from BS to MS or MS to Ph.D. Students that do not meet these criteria should not apply to the program without explicit permission from the BME Graduate Program Office. Students seeking an eligibility review for admission to our program during these off-semesters should contact grad@bme.ufl.edu and explicitly outline this request, as well as their reasoning for seeking an off-cycle admission.

Prerequisites

For students who do not have a Biomedical Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree

  • BS in Engineering, Science, Physics, or Math
  • Pre-Professional Courses: Students must demonstrate competence in each of the following areas or their equivalents (semester-based given):
    • 3 Courses of Calculus
    • 1 Course of Differential Equations
    • 2 Courses of Physics with Calculus
    • 1 Course of General Chemistry
    • 3 courses in Biochemistry, Biology and/or Chemistry
    • 1 Course in Technical Communications
    • 1 Course covering one programming language (Java, MatLab, C, C++, etc.)
  • Engineering Courses:  Students must have taken at least one course from three of the following six areas:
    • Statics or Dynamics
    • Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, or Fluid Flow
    • Electrical Circuits, Electronics, or Signal Processing
    • Engineering Materials
    • Engineering Economy or Management
    • Engineering Mathematics or Statistics

Students that do not meet the above criteria should specify their plans to complete these requirements prior to admission or outline how other non-didactic experiences could substitute for these requirements. Students who do not meet admission requirements may be conditionally admitted, whereby they would be required to complete this required coursework during their first year of study. Courses taken to meet these requirements would not count towards their graduate degree.

Application Requirements

Electronic Submission of Application

  • Test Scores (Use Institution Code 5812)
    • Standard GRE scores for domestic applicants
    • Standard GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Resume

Area of Study form

  • Academic Transcripts
    • International applications should upload a photo copy of their transcripts in both the Native Language and English Translation
  • Degree Certificates (International Applicants Only)
    • Certificates should be uploaded in the Native Language and English Translation
  • Personalized Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Paid Application Fee

For specific details about how to complete the application, check out our application process page. Note, due to the high volume of applications, we are asking applicants to not/email asking about the status of their application. Our Academic team will release decisions as soon as they are available.

Application Process

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering graduate program is defined by our diverse, dynamic, and engaged student body. Students admitted to our programs become part of this growing family and serve as ambassadors to this department, college, university, and discipline.

We seek to evaluate students in a holistic manner, taking into account not just a student’s academic background, but also their life experience and engagement outside of the classroom. Please review instructions below that provide information as to how you can best convey all of your experiences.

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.

Applying via the UF Application System

Personal Info: Complete all required information.

Conduct Disclosure and Application Information:
Complete requested information.

Application Type
Complete requested information.

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. Finally, select “Save and Confirm Program.”

Note: 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
Please leave this portion blank.

Note: We no longer offer the Medical Physics program through BME, so we are not accepting applications for this concentration. Any applications for this concentration will be canceled. If you are interested in the Medical Physics program, apply via the College of Medicine Medical Physics Graduate Program.

Academic Background
Select your undergraduate major and specialization (if applicable). Use the “Select a College” feature to complete your current institutions information. All applicants should upload their unofficial transcript(s) (you still need to request official transcripts from your university but this expedites the review process). Finally, insert the total number of junior and senior-level semester/quarter hours earned for each letter grade in the appropriate box.

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
Complete as outlined. The site will require you to enter at least one activity. This section is not critical, as your resume can outline your activities.

Test Score Information
Check the required boxes. Note that all applicants must 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 potential exclusions to this policy).

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. 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. All applicants must:

  • upload a resume in the resume section to summarize their academic experience.
  • upload a completed Area of Study form in the resume section under the “Other Upload” tab.

Special Program Section
Complete 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 Resumer/Other section.

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, see instructions 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 PhD application fee waivers to selected PhD applicants that meet exceptional criteria. See admissions for details and request information and apply.

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.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.org to institution code 5812. Please see International Admissions 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, 
PO Box 114000, 
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
 USA

Note: The PO 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 APPLICATION SYSTEM.

Application Status

At UF, you can think and dream big because you’ll be challenged and motivated by the scholastic environment here. We know how important your application is, so we want to assure you that we review your submitted materials thoroughly and completely.

You will receive an email 24-48 hours after submitting your UF application with instructions to create your MyAdmissions application status credentials. After creating your MyAdmissions credentials, please log in.

If you received a decision on your application prior to August 30, 2018, please use our legacy system to access your application status. To log in to the legacy system, use the same credentials that you used to apply.