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DEGREE Biomedical Engineering: Research, MS

Master’s degree in biomedical engineering

As a master’s student in biomedical engineering, you’ll apply engineering tools in your research as you solve problems in biology and medicine. You’ll sharpen your grasp of the fundamentals of the biomedical sciences and put into practice the advanced engineering methods of analysis and design.

At a glance

Biomedical engineering department

12
AIMBE fellows
8
undergraduate ranking among public universities
9
graduate ranking among public universities

Learn more about what information you need to apply.

Fall Deadline December 15
Spring Deadline October 1
Summer Deadline December 15
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.) or science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, immunology, physics, etc.). Each application is judged on the basis of:

All applicants must satisfy requirements that are set forth by the Graduate School. Students admitted to the program may be required to make up deficiency course requirements.

To apply to the BME program, complete applications, including supportive materials, must be submitted as described below and received by the following deadline dates:

  • Fall Semester—December 15 
  • Spring Semester—October 1
  • Summer Session1—December 15 

1Please note that summer admissions are generally limited to continuing BME students at UW–Madison or applicants who have research assistantships already arranged with UW faculty.

Official Academic Transcript

Electronically submit one copy of your transcript of all undergraduate and previous graduate work along with your online application to the Graduate School. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted for review, but official copies are required for admitted students. Please do not send transcripts or any other application materials to the Graduate School or the BME department unless requested. If you have questions, please contact bmegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL is required for international students unless a degree from a U.S. educational institution is held. Scores should be sent using institution code 1846.

An applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237; (TOEFL internet-based iBT) test score below 92; IELTS score below 7; or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. Depending on your score, you may need to register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the first semester you are enrolled.

Any international applicant who will hold a teaching assistantship (TA), and whose native language is not English must take the SPEAK test when arriving on campus.

Three Letters of Recommendations

These letters are required from people who can accurately judge the applicant’s academic or research performance. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically to graduate programs through the online application. Applicants should not send any more than three letters (if more than three are sent, only the first three will be considered). See the Graduate School for FAQs regarding letters of recommendation.

Statement of Purpose

In this document, applicants should explain why they want to pursue further education in BME and discuss which UW faculty members they would be interested in doing research with during their graduate study (see the Graduate School for more advice on how to structure a personal statement).

RESUME 

Upload your resume in your application.

Application Fee

Submission must be accompanied by the one-time application fee. It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa) or debit/ATM. By state law, this fee can only be waived or deferred through the conditions outlined here by the Graduate School.

Tuition

Tuition and segregated fee rates are always listed per semester (not for Fall and Spring combined).

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Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Biomedical engineering is multidisciplinary, bringing together expertise in engineering, physics, materials science, computation, biology and medicine to increase our understanding of diseases, improve diagnosis, and develop treatments that benefit human health. Our researchers are pushing the boundaries of science and technology, developing new tools and techniques to help solve some of the most challenging problems in medicine and healthcare.

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Minimum graduate school requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university’s Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-guide/).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations There are no degree-specific assessments and examinations outside of those given in individual courses.
Language Requirements n/a

Specific course selection is very flexible and draws upon a variety of courses. The required coursework is designed to complement each student’s interests and background in biomedical engineering.

Two semesters of B M E 701 Seminar in Biomedical Engineering
Research (such as B M E 790)6
Coursework24
At least 12 credits of College of Engineering courses, 400 level or above
At least 15 credits, 400 level or above, in one area of specialization 1
At least 3 credits of bioscience from the following list (or other bioscience course with advisor approval):
Physiology
Fundamentals of Human Physiology
Introduction to Biochemistry
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (Topic in Physiology for Biomedical Engineering Students)
Fundamentals of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Molecular and Cellular Organogenesis
Biology of Heart Disease and Regeneration
Introduction to Exercise Psychology
Neural Control of Movement
Cardiorespiratory Adaptions to Environment and Exercise
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience
Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
Introduction to Animal Development
Neurobiology
Cell Biology
Total Credits30

Graduate Student Services
bmegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu
3180 Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706

Kip Ludwig, Chair of Graduate Admissions, Department of Biomedical Engineering
kip.ludwig@wisc.edu

View the Graduate Guide for program-specific information on policies, rules and regulations.

Biomedical engineering news

Research in our department pushes the boundaries of science and technology, covering a spectrum of conditions, and is uniquely situated with access to one of the top-20 hospitals in the country, a veterinary school, and cutting-edge research centers.

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