General information

  1. What makes a strong candidate?
  2. How many classes would I take?
  3. Will I receive financial support as a graduate student?
  4. I want to work with a specific professor. Can I join in a research lab?
  5. Where can I learn more about job opportunities in the Department of Bioengineering or on the UW Campus?
  6. Can I apply for a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship as a MAB Applicant?
  7. Is this program financial aid eligible?

Applying

  1. What are the deadlines for your graduate programs?
  2. Are there prerequisite courses?
  3. Do I need to have a B.S. in bioengineering to apply to your program?
  4. I do not have an engineering, mathematics, or science background as you mentioned above. Can I still get into your program?
  5. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
  6. Do I have to take the GRE?
  7. Do I have to take the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
  8. What are the required application materials?
  9. Do I need to send paper copies of my GRE and/or English Language Proficiency Exam scores?
  10. Whom do I ask for recommendations?
  11. I applied for the wrong quarter/year and already submitted my application – will my application be considered for the quarter/year for which I meant to apply?
  12. I applied as a Domestic applicant but I’m actually an International applicant OR I applied as an International Applicant but I’m actually a Domestic applicant. Will my application be considered?
  13. My application to the M.S. or Ph.D. in Bioengineering program has been denied. Can I apply and be reconsidered for the MAB program?
  14. Has UW Bioengineering Received My Official GRE, English Language Proficiency Exam Score, and/or Letters of Recommendation?
  15. Does UW Bioengineering require the GRE subject test?
  16. What is an “unofficial transcript”?
  17. What is an “official transcript”?
  18. Does UW Bioengineering require official transcripts?
  19. Do letters of recommendation have to be submitted by the deadline?
  20. Do I have to include community college transcripts in my application if my courses transferred to my undergraduate or former graduate institution?
  21. What do I write in the fellowships, grants and awards section of the application?
  22. (International Applicants) Do I have to complete the Financial Availability Form?
  23. Do you offer application fee waivers?

After Applying

  1. When and how will I be notified of the admission decision?
  2. What do I do if I haven’t heard yet from UW?
  3. Who will I work with if I’m accepted as a MAB student into the Department of Bioengineering?

General Information

  1. What makes a strong candidate?
    A B.S. or higher in an engineering, biological, physical or applied scientific disciplines, good academic performance, and academic background aligned with one of our technical concentration areas. We also expect students to have some experience in research or design, and have an interest in technical innovation to improve clinical medicine. Strong candidates will also be self-motivated, and have evidence of good teamwork and communication skills.
  2. How many classes would I take?
    The MAB program requires 55 quarter credits that are completed in one year (August-August). Each class is 3 or 4 quarter credits. The sequence of courses is followed by a full-time summer industry internship.
  3. Will I receive financial support as a graduate student?
    No, at this time, MAB students are not financially supported by the Department of Bioengineering.
  4. I want to work with a specific professor. Can I join in a research lab?
    No, the Master of Applied Bioengineering program is a non-thesis degree program. If you are primarily interested in research, please read about our M.S. in Bioengineering degree. MAB students will have opportunities to learn about current bioengineering research in their technical electives, in the departmental seminars, through various departmental special events, and through BioEngage research symposia.
  5. Where can I learn more about job opportunities in the Department of Bioengineering or on the UW Campus?
    If you are an International student, please contact the International Student Services Office. Visit the UW Bioengineering jobs page or Husky Jobs to learn about other employment opportunities.
  6. Can I apply for a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship as a MAB Applicant?
    MAB students are 100% responsible for paying for their tuition and benefits. MAB is an intensive full-time daytime degree program, with little time flexibility for MAB students to have a TA-ship or RA-ship. MAB students may apply for assistantships in Bioengineering and other departments; however, Ph.D. students have priority for these appointments.
  7. Is this program financial aid eligible? Yes, MAB students who qualify, can receive financial aid. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly for more information.

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Applying

International candidates, please visit the Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

  1. What are the deadlines for your graduate programs? Master of Applied Bioengineering program has one application cycle each year, for Autumn quarter matriculation only. The MAB Application Deadline for both domestic and international applicants is January 31, 11:59PM Pacific Time, USA for Autumn (late August) admission. All required materials must be received by the Deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Decision Deadline: April 15. Admitted applicants must either accept or decline our offer by the decision deadline.
  2. Are there prerequisite courses?
    Most applicants should have had exposure to some chemistry and biology in addition to (or included in) their major fields of study. Students should have a suitable academic background to successfully complete the required courses in at least one of the technical concentration areas for the MAB. The recommended background is as follows:
    Biomedical Imaging: Differential equations, linear algebra, physics (waves), circuits, DSP, some programming, such as MATLAB, and physiology is beneficial.
    Molecular Bioengineering and Biomaterials: Biology (especially fundamentals of cell biology), general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are beneficial.
    Regenerative Medicine and Biomaterials: Biology (especially fundamentals of cell biology), general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are beneficial
  3. Do I need to have a B.S. in bioengineering to apply to your program?
    No. If you have a broad education and a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, the physical or life sciences, you may find a home here. We actively seek individuals with degrees in bioengineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, electrical engineering and related interdisciplinary fields. We pick the best applicants from a wide array of backgrounds.
  4. I do not have an engineering, mathematics, or science background as you mentioned above. Can I still get into your program?
    This will be determined on a case?by?case basis based on the following criteria: experience in science or engineering research or design, relevant experience in biomedical industry and/or clinical settings, exposure to math, science and engineering course content sufficient to perform well in required technical electives, and a persuasive personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.
  5. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
    While the department does not have a minimum score requirement, but we can tell you our average GPA and GRE scores for the MAB program. For the 2016 incoming cohort, the average GPA for the was 3.46 (on a 4.0 scale). The average GRE Verbal percentile was 61, and average GRE Quantitative percentile was 79 for the incoming cohort.
  6. Do I have to take the GRE?
    Yes, the only way the GRE requirement can be waived is if you have previously earned a Ph.D.
  7. Do I have to take the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
    Please refer to the UW Graduate School Memo 8. Applicants in the process of earning a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution as defined in the UW Graduate School Memo 8 (see #1), or whose undergraduate instruction is/was taught entirely in English (see #2) can waive the English Language Proficiency exam requirement in the application by entering “N/A” or by leaving the section blank. Minimum TOEFL: 580, Minimum TOEFLC: 237, Minimum TOEFLiBT: 92. The UW no longer accepts the IELTS test. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted.  No institutional code is required.  Please note that the Department will not accept English language proficiency scores below the scores listed on this website.
  8. What are the required application materials?
    Please refer to the instructions on how to submit an application to the Master of Applied Bioengineering program.
  9. Do I need to send paper copies of my GRE and/or English Language Proficiency Exam scores?
    No, GRE scores need to be sent electronically, directly from ETS to University code: 4854. A Department code should no longer be required, but if it is, you can enter: TOEFLiBT: 99 GRE (paper?based centers): 19448 GRE electronic department code: 1603. In addition to the 6?week process to have your scores sent to the correct department at the University of Washington, it also takes at least 24 hours for your electronic GRE scores to be matched to your SUBMITTED Graduate School Application. To ensure that your official GRE scores are matched before the deadline, it is best to submit your application at least 48 hours before the deadline. For more information about where to send your English Language Proficiency exam scores, please visit the UW Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions – International Students. English Language Proficiency exam scores can take a few weeks to process, so it important to take the exams early to ensure that the scores reach UW before the deadline.
  10. Whom do I ask for recommendations?
    Request letters from mentors who can describe your motivation and qualification for the MAB program. The strongest letters of recommendation come from mentors who have seen you in an academic or professional environment, and who can speak to your academic ability, design or research skills, teamwork and communication skills. Recommendations must be submitted by the deadlines, late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered. You should track the status of the letters of recommendation by logging back into the online application.
  11. I applied for the wrong quarter/year and already submitted my application – will my application be considered for the quarter/year for which I meant to apply?
    If you wish to be considered for the quarter/year you meant to apply for, you must resubmit a new application by the deadline, and then contact the department to have your other application withdrawn. The department cannot transfer materials from one application to the other on your behalf. If you select the wrong quarter/year but have not yet submitted your application, it is possible for you to change the quarter and year in your application, yourself, before submitting the application to the Graduate School.
  12. I applied as a Domestic applicant but I’m actually an International applicant OR I applied as an International Applicant but I’m actually a Domestic applicant. Will my application be considered?
    If you wish to be considered by the deadline you must resubmit a new application and then contact the department to have your other application withdrawn. The department cannot transfer materials from one application to the other on your behalf.
  13. My application to the M.S. or Ph.D. in Bioengineering program has been denied. Can I apply and be reconsidered for the MAB program?
    While it is not possible to be automatically reconsidered for a different program after the application has been denied, you can submit a separate application for the MAB program by the appropriate deadlines. Applicants who apply to the Ph.D./M.S, programs typically have a strong interest in Bioengineering research. Conversely the MAB is a project-based degree program in biomedical engineering. You are encouraged to contact the MAB Academic Counselor, discuss what would make you a stronger candidate, and reapply.
  14. Has UW Bioengineering Received My Official GRE, English Language Proficiency Exam Score, and/or Letters of Recommendation?
    To check the status of these documents, please log back into your application prior to contacting the UW Department of Bioengineering. If your official GRE and English Language Proficiency Scores have been received you will see a “check mark” next to your “TESTS” category of your application. If your letter(s) of recommendation has/have been received, you will see “RECEIVED” next to the name of your recommender(s). Please note, it takes 48 hours for scores and letters of recommendation to match with an application after the application has been successfully submitted.
  15. Does UW Bioengineering require the GRE subject test?
    No, the GRE subject test is not required.
  16. What is an “unofficial transcript”?
    An unofficial transcript is any transcript that you have received or have uploaded from your former institution. The UW Bioengineering requires unofficial transcripts to be uploaded directly into a candidate’s application by the deadline.
  17. What is an “official transcript”?
    The University of Washington defines an official transcript as a transcript that is sent directly to the Graduate School from your former institution. If you are an international student who is unable to access official transcript copies, but you do have an official transcript at home, the Graduate School will only accept this copy if it is hand delivered to the Graduate School at the time it is requested. Official transcripts are only required after a student has been made an offer to the Department of Bioengineering. The Department and the Graduate School will provide instructions regarding which transcript(s) to send directly to the Graduate School from the former institution. Candidates can access this information by logging back into their applications once an offer has been made.
  18. Does UW Bioengineering require official transcripts?
    For the initial review process, only unofficial transcripts are required.
  19. Do letters of recommendation have to be submitted by the deadline?
    All application materials, including letters of recommendation are required to be submitted by the January 31 deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Out of fairness to all of our applicants, and to our admissions committee members, who have a tight review schedule, we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.
  20. Do I have to include community college transcripts in my application if my courses transferred to my undergraduate or former graduate institution?
    If your courses AND their grades and credit information are recorded on your undergraduate institution unofficial transcript, you do not need to provide unofficial transcripts from the other institutions you attended. However, if one or more of these criteria are missing from your undergrad transcript, then you will need to provide unofficial transcripts from the community college.
  21. What do I write in the fellowships, grants and awards section of the application?
    If you did not apply for any awards for your graduate studies, please respond: “N/A” or “not applicable.” If you are in the process of applying for grants or fellowship, please respond: I am in the process of applying for X, Y, and Z. If you have received a fellowship or grant for your graduate studies, please respond with the name and some information about the award.
  22. (International Applicants) Do I have to complete the Financial Availability Form? Please do not submit this request until you have received an offer and decided that you will be attending the University of Washington. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandates that all schools verify that students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 show proof of readily accessible and adequate financial resources for themselves and any dependents they declare without resorting to unauthorized employment. Learn more about the financial ability requirement.
  23. Do you offer application fee waivers?
    Application fee waivers are available for McNair fellows and Posse scholars, in addition to students who indicate financial need and have filed a FAFSA. To apply for the application fee waiver, please submit your application no less than 1 week prior to the deadline, as it takes several days for your request to process. Fee waiver requests are reviewed by the Graduate School every day M-F, but not on the weekend. Toward the end of the application, there is a drop down option (or a box you can select) where you can select an “apply for application fee waiver” option.

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After applying

  1. When and how will I be notified of the admission decision?
    UW starts sending out MAB notifications (via e?mail and/or through the online application profile) to students as early as middle of February and all the way through the end of March.
  2. What do I do if I haven’t heard yet from UW?
    The review of completed MAB applications starts in early February. All admissions decisions will be made by March 1. If you are waiting to hear, keep checking the e?mail account you submitted with your online application and also log back into your application profile. If you still have not heard from the UW by late March please contact the MAB Academic Counselor.
  3. Who will I work with if I’m accepted as a MAB student into the Department of Bioengineering?
    The MAB program is a one year cohort program, where students work closely as a team with the UW Bioengineering MAB Design Instructor and MAB faculty. MAB students also have a dedicated MAB Academic Counselor.

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