Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University


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 $75

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 TOEFL total score is 88 with subscores of 22 or higher for reading, listening, speaking, and writing.┬áThe 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.
  • Statement of Purpose (first paragraph) should start with the identification of primary areas of research interests and BME faculty member you would most like to work with. Please indicate as many areas of research interest as appropriate from the following list, using the letter identifier
    • Biomaterials and Biotechnology:
      • Biopolymers & Nanotechnology
      • Interfacial Biotechnology & Drug Deliver
      • Microfabrication, Micropatterning, & Micro/Nanodevices
    • Cell and Tissue Engineering:
      • Biosensors for Cell Tissue Imaging
      • Cellular/Molecular Mechanics & Engineering
      • Tissue Engineering
    • Imaging and Signal Processing:
      • Biological Imaging & Image Informatics
      • Medical Imaging & Image Processing
      • Neural Computation & Associated Devices
    • Medical Devices and Robotics:
      • Cardiovascular Mechanics & Devices
      • Surgical Engineering & Robotics

    Please use this page and the list of BME faculty members to identify faculty members working in each area of research.

  • Deadlines
    • Fall entry, Ph.D.: December 15 (starting from October 15)
    • Fall entry, M.S.: January 15 (starting from October 15)
    • Fall entry, BME/E&TIM dual Masters program: see E&TIM page
    • Fall entry, BME/TV dual Masters program: see MS-TV page January 15 (starting from October 15)
    • 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

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Graduate Admissions
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Scott Hall 4N119
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Fall entry, Ph.D.: December 15
  • Fall entry, M.S.: January 15
  • Fall entry, BME/E&TIM dual program: see E&TIM page
  • Spring entry, Ph.D. or M.S.: October 1


ETS Information

Please consult the Admissions FAQ page, where many common questions are answered.