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Graduate Admission

M.S. applicants are expected to have at least a 3.0 graduate point average on a 4.0 scale from an accredited post-secondary institution. Ph.D. applicants are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The appropriate academic preparation includes both general and track prerequisites. General prerequisites include calculus I and II, differential equations, linear algebra, general physics I and II, chemistry, and biology. Track prerequisites depend on the student’s track of study. More complete details about academic preparation can be found on the program's website.

Applicants normally have a B.S. and/or an M.S. degree in an engineering discipline, physical sciences, the life sciences, or a closely related field. Students with a degree in an engineering discipline outside of bioengineering may be required to take additional courses (e.g., in the life sciences). Students with a degree from outside engineering may be required to take additional courses (e.g., in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering). These additional courses generally do not count toward the graduate degree.

A highly qualified applicant (with a grade-point average higher than 3.75) may apply for admission directly into the Ph.D. program after completing the B.S. degree. Generally, a student who does not have an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline must complete the M.S. before entering the Ph.D. program.

A student may enter the bioengineering graduate program before meeting all the prerequisites if approved by the graduate studies committee. This student must plan to complete the prerequisites during the program in addition to the degree requirements. Consultation with the program director is required to determine which courses satisfy these requirements. Course credits from prerequisites generally do not apply toward the graduate degree; they must be completed with a grade of B or higher.

Unless the applicant’s native language is English or the applicant has received a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, he or she must meet the program’s standard for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants for graduate teaching assistantships must obtain satisfactory scores on the Test of Spoken English (SPEAK).

The application deadline for fall admission is December 15. The deadline for spring admission is the last working day of September.

The applicant must submit transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). A strong applicant should have outstanding academic credentials, some formal research experience, research interests that fit one of our tracks of study, and a strong potential for advanced study.

Submit your graduate application online. Send all other required application materials as listed on the bioengineering website to the program:

The University of Kansas
Bioengineering Graduate Program
Eaton Hall
1520 W. 15th Street, Room 1
Lawrence, KS 66045-7605

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