GRE scores – Optional
If choosing to submit, GRE scores must be directly reported from ETS to UW (use institutional code 4854; department code 1603). GRE scores must be valid and five (5) years old or less on the date the application is submitted.
For consideration, official GRE scores must be submitted and properly uploaded into a candidate’s application by the January 31 Deadline.
Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded into the Graduate School online application. Paper transcripts will not be accepted. Candidates should not submit official transcripts unless explicitly requested.
Letters of recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted on the applicant’s behalf for the application to be considered complete; three (3) letters are preferred. The application will ask each candidate to designate mentors who will write letters of recommendation describing his/her motivation and qualification for the MAB program. Each recommender will immediately receive an e-mail directing him/her to a secure website to submit the letter and to complete an on-line evaluation form. Candidates and letter writers must use the UW online system. Letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio or any other recommendation site will not be accepted. Applications with fewer that two (2) letters of recommendation will be considered “incomplete” and the application will not be reviewed or considered for admission.
The strongest letters of recommendation come from mentors who have seen the candidate in an academic or professional environment, and who can speak to her/his academic ability, design or research skills, teamwork and communication skills.
The MAB Application Deadline is January 31. All letters must be received by the Deadline to be considered in the review process.
Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered. Candidates should track the status of the letters of recommendation by logging back into the online application.
Statement of Purpose and Qualifications
Master of Applied Bioengineering candidates are required to submit a two part statement. Both sections must be addressed and the completed document should be two pages or less in total.
Statement of Purpose
This section should clearly and succinctly describe the candidate’s goals and motivation for completing the Master of Applied Bioengineering at the University of Washington. This statement should include the source of the candidate’s interest in the field, the candidate’s near-term career plans and long-term aspirations, and how a biodesign program, such as MAB, will help the candidate achieve these goals.
Statement of Qualifications
This section should describe how the candidate’s abilities, prior education and professional and personal experiences provide the preparation necessary to succeed in a design-oriented engineering curriculum. Such preparation may include formal engineering instruction, research or design projects conducted for school or work, self-taught technical skills and internships. Non-technical skills that facilitate entrepreneurial activities and improve team dynamics, such as experience overcoming obstacles, working with diverse clientele, exercising leadership, and communicating in a variety of information formats are all highly relevant.
Prioritize your interest in the Technical Concentrations areas
In addition to the core design skills and entrepreneurship courses, each MAB student completes a sequence of elective courses in a Technical Concentration Area, in which Bioengineering faculty are acknowledged leaders. Each concentration has a set of prerequisite subjects that may be met by prior coursework or extracurricular experience.
The applicant is asked to evaluate his/her academic background, professional experiences and skills against the prerequisites listed for each Technical Concentration Area. For the applicant’s first-choice Technical Concentration Area, s/he should list their relevant academic background, professional experiences and skills that prepares her/him for this technical track.
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. Students also have the option to build their own the Technical Concentration Area. 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.
List of fellowships, scholarships, grants and awards
Please list pending graduate school award notifications in addition to any graduate school awards received.
At this time, departmental funding is not available for students in the MAB program. MAB students are not financially supported by the Department of Bioengineering. MAB students are 100% responsible for paying for their tuition, fees and benefits,
Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae
How did you hear about the Master of Applied Bioengineering program?
Please indicate how you heard about the MAB program for our tracking purposes.