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Degrees Offered

  • The Master of Engineering (ME) 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 biomedical product and process development.
  • The Master of Science (MS) includes both coursework and research, culminating in a thesis. Graduates of the MS program typically pursue careers in industry or continue their research endeavors in a Ph.D. program.
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers. Graduates of the PhD program are well-prepared for careers in academia, government, and industry.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. This publications may be found at

Applying to Our Graduate Program

If you are interested in applying, forms and instructions for both domestic and international students are available on the UVA Engineering website. Additional information helpful to applicants may also be found in our FAQ section. 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.  Please consider the following application tips when applying:

  • 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. You do not need to complete an M.S. degree before beginning your Ph.D. studies with us.
  • 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 component versus the project component. The M.S. requirements include an extensive research experience culminating in a thesis.The M.E. is a 15-month program that 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.

Requirements for Admission

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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

The Department of Biomedical Engineering announces GRE scores are optional for 2020 applicants. This policy aligns with our admissions philosophy of holistic review and supports UVA Engineering's and the School of Medicine's focus on access and diversity. 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.

Dean’s Scholar Fellowship Program

The Dean’s Scholar Fellowship Program aims to foster a graduate student body that reflects the core value of societal impact, educating engineering leaders, innovation, excellence through diversity, and collegiality. You nominate yourself for the Dean’s Scholar Fellowship through the UVA Engineering graduate application process by submitting a short essay (400-word limit) that explains how you have demonstrated or will demonstrate these core values and how you will help UVA Engineering toward achievement of them. 

You must be a domestic Ph.D. (US Citizen and Permanent Resident) applicant to qualify for the program.

Further Information

You will find the answers to many common questions on our FAQ page. If, after reviewing this page, you find that you have additional questions about our program, 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

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