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Application Process and Requirements

The bioengineering graduate program provides educational and research experiences that integrate the sciences of biology and medicine with the practices and principles of engineering. The program prepares graduates to become leaders in research, academia, industry or government. The graduate program in bioengineering admits few M.S.-only students because it is a research-oriented training program.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Bioengineering Graduate Program is very competitive. Successful applicants typically have GPAs above 3.5 (on a 4.0 = A scale) and GRE scores above the 80th percentiles. For Fall 2021 admission cycle only, GRE scores are optional and will not be required. The Department seeks students with strong analytical skills, demonstrated motivation, and experimental research experience or volunteer experience in bioengineering. Although not required, competitive applicants are encouraged to speak with bioengineering graduate program faculty regarding their research prior to submitting an application to see beginning graduate studies at Illinois.

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in bioengineering or a related field. Engineering students must have prior training in life sciences. Biology students must have strong mathematical and quantitative preparation, including calculus and differential equations. For more information, see preparing for graduate studies in bioengineering.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Graduate students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive financial support with a combination of department teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and graduate fellowships. For additional information, visit the financial aid page.

Application Process

The application process is entirely online. The university uses a web-based application system, which allows applicants to track their admission progress and conduct most of the process electronically. APPLY ONLINE

Applications for the following Fall term are due December 15. As early as possible in the admissions process, applicants should contact faculty directly whose research is of interest.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts of all completed university coursework.
    NOTE: Official transcripts are not required for application purposes but ARE required if an offer of admission is accepted.
  • Three letters of reference— The letters will be submitted online, and letter writers will receive instructions about the upload process via email. The letter of reference should comment on the applicant’s abilities and past experiences that may have prepared them to succeed in our Bioengineering graduate studies at Illinois. It should include the name of the person providing the recommendation, along with their title and signature. If possible, it should be submitted on an institution or company letterhead.
  • Statement of Purpose— Two- to three-page essay that outlines your interest and applicable skills, especially those relevant to research, that have prepared you for the rigors of a Ph.D. program.
  • Résumé or CV
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — For Fall 2021 admission consideration only, GRE scores will be optional and not required.

Additional instructions can be found on the frequently asked questions page.

Learn about what is different with the Master of Engineering in Bioengineering program admissions.