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.
Applicants may submit self-reported GRE scores up until the day of the deadline. Official GRE scores should be submitted and properly uploaded into a candidate’s application by January 1 if they would like to be considered.
Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded into the Graduate School online application. Paper transcripts will not be accepted. Applicants should not submit official transcripts unless explicitly requested.
Three letters of recommendation
Each applicant must designate three (3) people who will write letters of recommendation. Each writer will immediately receive an e-mail directing him/her to a secure website to submit the letter of recommendation online and complete an evaluation form of the applicant.
Typically, mentors who have seen you in a lab environment, as a researcher, and can speak to your research experience, content and progress will provide your strongest recommendations. We ask recommenders to talk about your research experience, strengths, and your ability to overcome obstacles.
The official Master of Science application deadline is December 1, 2021. All letters must be received by the deadline in order for an application to be considered complete. Applicants should track the status of the letters of recommendation by logging back into the online application.
Statement of purpose
The Statement of Purpose is a clear and succinct description of a candidate’s reasons for applying to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, motivations for entering bioengineering, and preparation for advanced research. Additionally, applicants must discuss unique circumstances or obstacles overcome in obtaining their education, as well as how they could contribute to diversity in the Bioengineering program and at UW. This statement should be two pages or less. Applicants should review information about UW Bioengineering faculty and research for relevant statement of purpose information.
List of faculty of interest
Applicants must provide a ranked faculty list, of 3 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) faculty whose research interests them and with whom they would want to complete their graduate work. Only core and adjunct BIOE faculty may be selected as PI/advisor for our graduate students. For a list of faculty and a description of their research, see our faculty directory
List of fellowships, scholarships, and awards
If you have received a fellowship or grant for your graduate studies, please respond with the name and also attach any associated documentation with additional information about the award.
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 did not apply for any grants or fellowships for your graduate studies, please respond: “N/A” or “not applicable”.
Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae