Department of Biomedical Engineering

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

Admission is for the Fall 2021 quarter only.

Applications are due by December 15, 2020 and those that are incomplete after December 31, 2020, will not be considered.

Please review carefully our programs' 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.

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 MCAT scores of 508 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.


For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.

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 15, 2021. You will be expected to give us a response by April 15, 2021.