Graduate Admissions Overview
(See separate page for Carnegie Mellon students applying for the Practicum-Option M.S. program)
- Bachelor's degree from a recognized 4-year university, in any engineering or engineering-related disciplines including computer science, biological science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or applied mathematics
- Strong quantitative skills and background in life sciences, as evidenced by coursework or research experience
- Transcripts from all the universities attended (non-official transcripts acceptable for admissions review)
- GRE general test - Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing (non-official report acceptable for admissions review)
- TOEFL - for all non-native-English-speaking students regardless of previous education in English-speaking institutions, with a minimum of 22 for all the iBT sub-scores (non-official report acceptable for admissions review)
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted online directly by the referees
- Statement of Purpose, as part of the online application
- Non-refundable fee of US $65
GRE and TOEFL Information
- GRE and TOEFL scores must be within the valid period; GRE scores are valid for 5 years, TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.
- Applicants must self-report and enter the scores in the online application; official reports from Education Testing Service (ETS) are not required until after admission.
- ETS Information
- GRE may be substituted with MCAT or DAT upon petition.
- TOEFL may be substituted with IELTS. The minimal acceptable IELTS band score is 7.5.
- All applicants must use the online application system, except for qualified Carnegie Mellon students applying for Practicum-Option M.S. program (see separate admissions page).
- Do not create multiple accounts on the online application system, which will likely jeopardize the review process.
- Fall entry, Ph.D.: December 15
- Fall entry, M.S.: January 15
- Fall entry, BME/E&TIM dual Masters program: see E&TIM page
- Fall entry, BME/TV dual Masters program: see MS-TV page
- Spring entry, Ph.D. or M.S.: October 1 (M.S. programs restricted to domestic applicants only, Ph.D. programs open to all applicants)
Inquiries and Assistance
- Please consult the Admissions FAQ page first, where many common questions are answered.
- Please do not contact the staff or faculty regarding the status of application, the quality of credentials, or the probability of acceptance. Admission decisions are made through consensus of a faculty committee, taking into consideration multiple factors.
- For issues not addressed on the Admissions FAQ page, please contact bme-gradandrew.cmu.edu.
- Additional sources of information:
- For visa issues of foreign students, please visit the Office of International Education.
- For information on the College of Engineering, please visit the college page for prospective graduate students.
- For the information on Pittsburgh, please see the visitor page, CIT web page on Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.
- For details of BME graduate programs, please refer to the BME Graduate Student Handbook