Applications and all supporting materials for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are due by December 15 for Fall matriculation. The M.E. degree has rolling admissions December - April.

Forms and Instructions

Forms and instructions for both domestic and international students are available on the UVA Engineering website MORE

Degrees Offered

  • The Master of Engineering (M.E.) is a professional degree designed to give students the precise set of skills and hands-on experiences needed to build a successful private-sector career in developing innovative biomedical technologies More
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) includes both coursework and research, culminating in a thesis. Graduates of the M.S. program typically pursue careers in industry or continue their research endeavors in a Ph.D. program More
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers. Graduates of the Ph.D. program are well-prepared for careers in academia, government, and industry More

Please consider the following:

  • Apply for the final degree you wish to obtain. If you want to pursue a Ph.D. at UVA, you should apply to the Ph.D. program. We do not require students to coplete the M.S. degree before beginning the Ph.D.
  • Be as specific as you can about what research areas and laboratories interest you. Telling us which professors and labs best match your interests helps us make sure the right people read your application.
  • A difference between the M.S. and the M.E. is the research thesis component versus the clinical challenge component. The M.S. requirements include research in a lab culminating in a thesis.The Master of Engineering takes you step-by-step through the process of developing your own solution, either as an individual or part of a team, to a clinical challenge that you identify.

Application Fee Waiver

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and Active Duty/Vet, Peace Corps, Americorps, Gem Consortium, etc. or are need-based, or attend a Minority Serving Institute, you may qualify for an application fee waiver.  Explore fee waiver before you submit your application More

Requirements for Admission

The general requirements for admission to the Ph.D., M.S., or M.E. programs include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, a completed application packet with short essay and letters of recommendation. GRE scores are optional. TOEFL scores are required for international students whose first language is not English. Qualified applicants who are deficient in certain prerequisites may be admitted with the expectation that they will remedy the deficiencies during the master's program. Prerequisite courses include introductory chemistry and biology, physics (two semesters based on calculus), mathematics through differential equations, and computer programming (Matlab, C++ or Java). We evaluate each application on its own merit recognizing that a diverse student body has diverse backgrounds. You may find it helpful to know that a typical entering class of graduate students has an average undergraduate GPA above 3.5 on a 4-point scale. For students whose first language is not English, TOEFL scores of 250 computer-based/600-paper based, IELTS scores of 7.0 or above or iBT scores of 90 to 100 are recommended.

GRE Scores are Optional

GRE scores are an optional credential and as an applicant you may decide if you want to submit your scores as part of your application. If you have already taken the GREs and count them as reflective of your abilities, feel free to submit them. If you choose not to submit test scores, you will not be viewed negatively. Applications are evaluated as a total package. Each application is scoured for excellence and best fit via recommendation letters, research experience and interest, tenacity and curiosity, leadership abilities, and prior academic abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional information helpful to applicants may also be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section FAQs

Professional Development

Please explore the Professional Development section of the BME website More

Further Information

You will find the answers to many common questions on our FAQ page. If your questions are not answered there, please contact us at

Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Director of Graduate Programs & Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Kim Fitzhugh-Higgins, Graduate Student Coordinator

Craig Meyer, Graduate Admissions Director & Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Us

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