Department of Biomedical Engineering

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

Admission is for the Fall quarter only, and the application deadline is January 15th, 2018 for the following fall.
Please review carefully our programs in research and courses. You may also contact individual faculty to learn about current research activities and possible opportunities for academic support. If you have a strong interest in our programs, you are welcome to apply.

The next deadline for applications is January 15th, 2018 for Fall 2018.

Coursework Requirements for Admission

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, Biomedical Engineering attracts students with a variety of backgrounds. Students should have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering, physical science or biological science discipline.

  • 6 quarters of calculus through linear algebra and ordinary differential equations
  • 3 quarters of calculus based physics
  • 3 quarters of chemistry
  • 2 quarters of biology

Students who do not meet the above requirements prior to enrollment or without a physics, chemistry, or engineering undergraduate degree can still apply, but will be required to take additional relevant undergraduate engineering courses in the first year of the program.

Cumulative GPA

A cumulative GPA of 3.20 during undergraduate study is recommended for admission into the Biomedical Engineering program.

Application for Admission

You must complete and submit your online application for graduate admissions.  Paper applications are no longer accepted at UCI. 

Please note the BME program will only accept one application from an applicant—either M.S. or Ph.D.
The five digit application codes for Biomedical Engineering are:

  • 01289 for Ph.D.    
  • 03289 for M.S. (terminal)

Your application cannot be reviewed until UCI has received your non-refundable application fee. ($105 for U.S. Citizens and lawful U.S. Permanent Residents; $125 for all other applicants). The non-refundable application fee may be made by MasterCard or Visa credit card OR by check or money order. For details about application fee and fee waiver eligibility, please go to UCI Graduate Division Application Fee Information and Fee Waivers.


Minimum GRE scores of 310 (quantitative plus verbal), or minimum combined MCAT scores in Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences of 508 (a minimum score of 125 on each section) are recommended.


A minimum score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 94 on the TOEFL iBT, is required of all international students whose native language is not English. Students applying to Biomedical Engineering will be evaluated based on these TOEFL requirements, not on the minimum University standards.

As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).UC Irvine only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report ForM.S. will be accepted. An overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required to be submitted on your behalf. Letters may be submitted online or on paper via regular mail; online submissions are strongly preferred. Please refer to the Letters of Recommendation website for submission methods.


Submit one transcript for every post secondary program attended.

Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to the BME Academic Coordinator, Clare Cheng to for admission review purpose.

Students who are admitted to the graduate degree program will need to submit official transcripts in order to complete the admission process. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) you have attended.
Please mail official transcripts to the following address:

Graduate Academic Program Coordinator
Department of Biomedical Engineering
3120 Natural Sciences II
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2715

What Happens Next

Once all the paperwork is received, your application is evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Committee will decide admission and possible financial support. We are as anxious as you are to make early decisions. If accepted into our graduate program, we will contact you by March 1st. You will be expected to give us a response by April 15.