Apply to UW Bioengineering’s Master of Applied Bioengineering
Get on the fast track to inventing the future of medicine
Please review the UW Bioengineering MAB program frequently asked questions (FAQ) page and UW Graduate School Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) prior to contacting an Academic Counselor via our contact form.
MAB Application Deadline: January 31, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, USA for Autumn admission. Applicants must submit all required materials by the Deadline to be considered in the review process.
Decision Deadline: April 15. Admitted applicants must either accept or decline our offer by the Decision Deadline.
All candidates are encouraged to first visit the UW Graduate School to understand the overall application process.
There is one application cycle each year, for Autumn quarter matriculation only.
The program start date is variable but falls in mid-August during Early Fall Start.
Candidates are asked to upload all sections of the online application prior to application submission. Once an application is submitted, it is difficult for the department to enter changes and/or updates. Advisors are unable to access your application until it is submitted.
The application is entirely online. Candidates must submit electronic copies of all application materials where requested in the online application.
All application materials must be received submitted via the online application by 11:59 p.m. on January 31 in order to be considered for admission. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Department of Bioengineering will not make any exceptions to this policy.
Domestic vs. International Candidate Status
You are an international applicant if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students must have a U.S. visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications.
International candidates are strongly encouraged to review the UW Graduate School FAQ for International Students.
How to Apply
Domestic and International Applicants must complete the Graduate School Application and pay an $85 application fee.
The following materials must accompany each application. All application materials will be received via the online application unless given explicit directions by the Department or the Graduate School.
GRE scores must be directly reported from ETS to UW (use institutional code 4854). GRE scores must be valid and five (5) years old or less on the date the application is submitted.
Official GRE scores must be submitted and properly uploaded into a candidate’s application by the January 31 Deadline.
Applications without official GRE scores will be considered “incomplete” and the application will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Candidates should note that it rarely takes less than six weeks for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send GRE scores and for GRE scores to be properly uploaded into an application. Candidates should plan to take the GRE well in advance to ensure that ALL official GRE scores are recorded in the online application by the January 31,11:59 p.m. PST 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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Please indicate how you heard about the new MAB program for our tracking purposes.
All international candidates are encouraged to first visit the UW Graduate School to review the UW Graduate School FAQ for international students.
Official TOEFL scores
International candidates who do not meet English proficiency standards (as determined by the UW Graduate School) are required to take the TOEFL. UW no longer accepts the IELTS test.
The Department does not accept English language proficiency scores below the scores indicated in the UW Graduate School Memorandum No. 8. Details about English proficiency exams and who qualifies to waive this requirement can also be found on this website.
International candidates who will not earn Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degrees from US or UW Graduate School Memorandum No. 8 approved English speaking institutions prior to matriculation into a UW graduate program must submit official TOEFL scores, less than 2 years old, directly from ETS to the department. TOEFL scores must be valid and two (2) years old or less as of the date the application is submitted. An international candidate’s application will not be considered “complete” unless the department receives the official English language proficiency exam score by the application deadline. Please use institutional code 4854; no department code is required. Official scores must be received by 11:59 p.m. (PST) January 31.
International candidates who will earn a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree from a US or UW Graduate School Memorandum No. 8 approved English speaking intuition prior to matriculation into a UW graduate program do not have to complete the English proficiency exam requirement. Such candidates are instructed to select the TOEFL exam option on their application and enter an exam date that is later than the anticipated graduation date. Candidates should not register for the TOEFL though ETS. Candidates do not need to enter TOEFL exam scores. Once the candidate’s degree is earned and posted on the official transcript, the English language proficiency requirement will be removed from the application.
Candidates should note that it rarely takes less than six (6) weeks for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send TOEFL scores and for TOEFL scores to be properly uploaded into an application. Candidates should plan to take the TOEFL well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that the official scores are uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
To avoid additional and/or unexpected delays, a candidate’s name should appear with ETS and with the Bioengineering application exactly as it appears on the candidate’s passport.
Additional application materials (official transcripts, financial ability, copy of visa, etc.)
The Graduate School only requires additional application materials from international applicants when they are recommended for admission. The Graduate School will contact international candidates directly when additional materials are required. Candidates should not submit additional application materials unless explicitly instructed to do so.