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 in a certain lab/with a specific professor. How do I get a position in a lab and do I contact the professor directly?
  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 Master’s Applicant?

Applying

  1. What are the deadlines for your graduate programs?
  2. Are there prerequisite courses?
  3. Do I need to have a BS 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. Do I have to have a M.S. degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?
  6. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
  7. Do I have to take the GRE?
  8. What are the required application materials?
  9. Do I need to send paper copies of my GRE and/or TOEFL?
  10. My application to the Ph.D. program has been denied. Can I apply and be reconsidered for the M.S. program?
  11. Has UW Bioengineering Received My Official GRE, English Language Proficiency Exam Score, and/or Letters of Recommendation?
  12. Does UW Bioengineering require the GRE subject test?
  13. What transcripts should I submit with my application?
  14. Do I have to include community college transcripts in my application if my courses transferred to my undergraduate or former graduate institution?
  15. When do I submit official transcripts?
  16. Do letters of recommendation have to be submitted by the deadline?
  17. (International Applicants) Do I have to complete the Financial Availability Form?
  18. 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. Can I work with affiliate faculty if I’m accepted into the Department of Bioengineering?
  4. Can Emeritus/Retired Faculty or Faculty Lecturers mentor graduate students?

General information

  1. What makes a strong candidate?
    Strong research skills (at least one year, wet and dry lab experience preferred), excellent academic performance and research interests aligned with our faculty make strong candidates.
  2. How many classes would I take?
    Our M.S. program requires 26 credits and our Ph.D. requires 33 credits. This coursework can generally be completed within the first year.
  3. Will I receive financial support as a graduate student?
    With rare exception, Ph.D. students are funded for the first 2-3 quarters by the department and thereafter by the student’s PI as a Research Assistant (RA). Ph.D. students receive a monthly salary, tuition coverage, and insurance benefits (medical/dental/vision), assuming satisfactory progress toward the degree.
    M.S. students are not funded by this program, but are welcome to apply for financial aid or seek other funding.
    All students are responsible for minimal quarterly fees.
  4. I want to work in a certain lab/with a specific professor. How do I get a position in a lab and do I contact the professor directly?
    To get a position in a lab, you must first first be admitted.
    Although you are encouraged to learn more about our faculty and are welcome to contact them directly, please note that lab space will not be guaranteed unless you receive a formal offer from the Department’s Admissions Committee.
  5. Where can I learn more about job opportunities in the Department of Bioengineering or on the UW Campus?
    Visit the UW Bioengineering jobs page and UWHires to learn about UW employment opportunities.
    If you are an International student, please contact the International Student Services Office.
  6. Can I apply for a Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship as a Master’s Applicant?
    M.S. students are 100% responsible for paying for their tuition and benefits. M.S. students are welcome to apply for TA and RA positions in Bioengineering and other departments; however, these appointments are extremely competitive and Ph.D. students often have priority. Search for RA and TA positions on campus using UWHires, category Academic Student Employee.

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Applying

All candidates are encouraged to first visit the UW Graduate School to understand the overall application process.

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

  1. What are the deadlines for your graduate programs?
    Ph.D. in Bioengineering: December 15, 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, USA) for all applicants.
    M.S. in Bioengineering: January 31, 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, USA) for all applicants.
    Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  2. Are there prerequisite courses?
    No. However, exposure to most of the following content is recommended:

    • Algebra, linear algebra, trigonometry
    • Ordinary differential equations
    • Signal analysis
    • Probability theory and statistics
    • Programming
    • Electrical engineering and physics
    • Chemistry (inorganic, organic, biochemistry)
    • Material science
    • Rate processes and mathematics
    • Cellular biology
  3. Do I need to have a BS in bioengineering to apply to your program?
    No. We actively seek individuals with degrees in bioengineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, electrical engineering and related disciplines. We select 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 labs
    • Exposure to math, science and engineering course content
    • Strong personal statement
    • Strong letters of recommendation.
  5. Do I have to have a M.S. degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?
    No. The minimum degree requirement for our Ph.D. program is a bachelor’s degree.
  6. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
    We do not have a minimum score requirement. The averages for our 2017 Ph.D. cohort were: GPA: 3.68 (on a 4.0 scale); GRE (percentiles) Quantitative: 89; Verbal: 85; and Analytical: 77. Our M.S. averages were: GPA: 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale); GRE (percentiles) Quantitative: 86; Verbal: 77; and Analytical: 58.
  7. Do I have to take the GRE?
    The only way the GRE requirement can be waived is if you have previously earned a Ph.D.
  8. What are the required application materials?
    Please refer the instructions on how to submit an application on our Graduate Admissions page.
  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.
  10. My application to the Ph.D. program has been denied. Can I apply and be reconsidered for the M.S. program?
    Unless you complete applications for both the Ph.D. and the M.S. program, you cannot be reconsidered for a different program after your initial application has been denied. You are encouraged to contact the Graduate Academic Counselor, discuss what would make you a stronger candidate and reapply.
  11. 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 us.
  12. Does UW Bioengineering require the GRE subject test?
    No the GRE subject test is not required
  13. What transcripts should I submit with my application?
    You must upload unofficial transcripts directly into your application by the deadline. An unofficial transcript is any transcript that you have received or have uploaded from your former institution.
  14. Do I have to include community college transcripts in my application if my courses transferred to my undergraduate or former graduate institution?
    No, if the transferred courses AND  their GPAs and credit information are recorded on another institution’s unofficial transcript. However, if one or more of these criteria are missing the other transcript(s), then you will need to submit the community college transcript(s).
  15.  When do I submit official transcripts?
    Official transcripts are only required after you receive an admission offer. After the offer is made, you will receive instructions for submitting your official transcripts.
  16. Do letters of recommendation have to be submitted by the deadline?
    Yes, letters of recommendation are required to be submitted by the deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.
  17. (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.
  18. Do you offer application fee waivers?
    Application fee waivers are available for McNair fellows and Posse scholar, and 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 fee waivers take several days to process.
    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?
    Ph.D. program: UW starts sending out notifications (via email and/or through the online application profile) to students as early as January and all the way through early March.
    M.S. program: UW starts sending out notifications (via email and/or through the online application profile) to students by the end of March.
  2. What do I do if I haven’t heard yet from UW?
     If you are waiting to hear about the status of your application, please check the email account you submitted with your online application and also log back into your application profile.
  3. Can I work with affiliate faculty if I’m accepted into the Department of Bioengineering?
    No. Students’ primary advisors must be core or adjunct faculty.
    Once you secure a primary advisor, it is possible for you to be co-advised by an affiliate faculty member.
  4. Can Emeritus/Retired Faculty or Faculty Lecturers mentor graduate students?
    Any faculty are welcome to mentor our graduate students; however, only core or adjunct faculty may serve as a student’s advisor.

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