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Apply to the Graduate Program

A collection of resources to assist as you apply to the Biomedical Engineering graduate program.

What to Know Before Applying

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is home to students from around the world. The Department's small but diverse community of students is a source of comfort within the vast Ohio State University campus.

The Ohio State University Graduate School absolutely requires a minimum of 3.0 in all undergraduate work and a minimum 550 on the PBT TOEFL or a 79 for the IBT; however, minimum cuts for the University Fellowship Competition include a 3.6 GPA and an average verbal/quantitative GRE percentile of 75%.

The Department posts no required minima and honor considerations of experience, diversity, background, and recommendations.

The GRE is required of ALL applicants to the MS and PhD programs (with the exception of those applying to the MD/PhD, for whom MCATS will be accepted if accompanied by an undergraduate degree in engineering).

Most applicants to the BME graduate program have majored in a traditional branch of engineering (e.g., ChE, EE, ME, etc.) or in BME. Those with life science undergraduate degrees or with non-engineering backgrounds are required to complete some additional coursework to develop competence in engineering before applying. Please see our required background course list for details.

Preparation in biology or physiology can be helpful to those with engineering backgrounds.

We strive to make funding matches for those admitted to the PhD program; funding is available but not guaranteed.

The MS (including BS/MS) is a self-funded degree. 

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for Autumn (mid-August) Semester

For PhD admission & funding consideration
Nov 30 - Deadline for International applicants
Dec 15 - Deadline for Domestic applicants
For admission-only to MS or PhD, no funding
May 1 (Last-minute deadline for general admission)

Deadline for Spring (January) Semester

For admission-only, to MS or PhD, no funding
Nov 1 (Last-minute deadline for general admission except international apps)