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. If you are interested in pursuing a M.S., we encourage you to contact the Graduate Programs Coordinator before applying.

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. The Department seeks students with strong analytical skills, demonstrated motivation, and experimental research experience or volunteer experience in bioengineering. Competitive applicants are encouraged to find Bioengineering Graduate Program Faculty research advisors prior to 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 Preparation 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

  • Ph.D. applicants: Select “Bioeng” as the Proposed Program, and enter “10KS0408PHD” for Program Code.
  • Terminal M.S. applicants: Select “Bioeng” as the Proposed Program, and enter “10KS0408MS” for Program Code.

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.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) — general aptitude test scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical portions). A GRE subject test is not required. These scores must be submitted through ETS, the company that administers the GRE. The institution code for the University of Illinois is 1836. For the department code, use "00" or "0000". (ETS records are held by the central administration, so no department code is required.)

Additional instructions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Master of Engineering in Bioengineering program has a different admissions criteria. For more information regarding program admissions, click here.


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