Admissions

Graduate Admission Information

Criteria for Admission

Decisions for admission into the PhD program are based upon an applicant's prior academic performance and research experience, as well as the strength of the school granting the degree, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and statement of purpose. Admissions are very much faculty-driven with individual BME faculty members reviewing applications and making admission recommendations.

While no single factor or score can characterize an applicant's probability for success, the following benchmarks may prove helpful. Applicants are cautioned, however, that successful applicants have qualifications that far exceed the minimum requirements.

Direct PhD post BS degree

Students with strong undergraduate academic records who have not earned a master's degree may apply for the direct PhD program. If a PhD is your ultimate degree objective, the direct PhD option reduces your course requirements and can accelerate your progress toward the PhD degree.

For domestic applicants:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate study, with target GPA of approximately 3.60/4.00;
  • Target GRE scores of 550 and higher for verbal and 750 and higher for quantitative, or 156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative on the revised GRE test beginning August 2011.

For international applicants:

  • Minimum 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) or equivalent in undergraduate study with target GPA of 3.60/4.00 or equivalent;
  • Minimum TOEFL scores required for non-native speakers of English: at least 550 on paper-based test; at least 213 on computer-based test; or meet or exceed each of the following internet-based test scores: writing-18; speaking-18; listening-14; reading-19; total-77; or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS;
  • Top 5% of graduating class, or higher, depending on the prior institution;
  • Target GRE scores of 550 and higher for verbal and 750 and higher for quantitative, or 156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative on the revised GRE test beginning August 2011.

Direct PhD post MS degree

For domestic applicants:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate study, with target GPA of approximately 3.60/4.00;
  • Target GRE scores of 550 and higher for verbal and 750 and higher for quantitative, or 156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative on the revised GRE test beginning August 2011.

For international applicants:

  • Minimum 3.25/4.00 grade point average (GPA) or equivalent in undergraduate study with target GPA of 3.60/4.00 or equivalent;
  • Minimum TOEFL scores required for non-native speakers of English: at least 550 on paper-based test; at least 213 on computer-based test; or meet or exceed each of the following internet-based test scores: writing-18; speaking-18; listening-14; reading-19; total-77; or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS;
  • Top 5% of graduating class, or higher, depending on the prior institution;
  • Target GRE scores of 550 and higher for verbal and 750 and higher for quantitative, or 156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative on the revised GRE test beginning August 2011.

Important Dates

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering offers admission for both fall and spring semesters with spring admissions being limited based on current research opportunities and research assistantship availability. Spring applicants must have research interests that align with a BME faculty member or members who currently have research opportunities available in his or her lab.

Application Deadlines: Complete applications and all required supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

  Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen December 15 Priority October 31
Priority (limited entry)
No Entry
International
in U.S.
December 15 Priority October 31
Priority (limited entry)
No Entry
International
outside U.S.
December 15 Priority October 1
Priority (limited entry)
No Entry

A complete application means the online application has been submitted, the application fee has been paid, and all required documents (including transcripts, English translations as needed, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores) have been received in the Weldon School’s Graduate Office by the applicable deadline. It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials have been received in BME by the applicable deadline, including following up with those designated to write letters of recommendation and submitting the application and all required materials to the correct program of interest.

Applicants may check receipt of the required application documents by logging in to the same Purdue University Graduate School application website through which you originally applied and viewing your checklist. Once each item on the checklist has been marked "Received," your application is ready for review.

Application Requirements

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at West Lafayette administers the doctoral (PhD) program that allows for thesis research to be undertaken at either the Purdue West Lafayette campus or the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

For domestic applicants:

  • Online application -
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    • If your undergraduate degree is in engineering, choose Biomedical Engineering as 'Major';
    • If your undergraduate degree is in life sciences, choose Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences as 'Major' (Ph.D. only)
  • $60 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: *Beginning with Spring 2016* you must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records if you are admitted and choose to enroll.;
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631;
  • Diversity essay for consideration for some fellowships/assistantships (Knox, Purdue Doctoral and George Washington Carver).

For international applicants:

  • Online application -
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    • If your undergraduate degree is in engineering, choose Biomedical Engineering as 'Major';
    • If your undergraduate degree is in life sciences, choose Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences as 'Major' (Ph.D. only)
  • $75 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: Same as above plus you must upload an English translation certified by the issuing college or university if the official transcript is not in English.;
  • Diplomas and certificates - upload copies plus English translations certified by the issuing college or university if the official diploma or certificate is not in English;
  • Official GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631;
  • Official TOEFL scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Purdue University institution code 1631; or official IELTS score report.

You may check for outstanding application documents by logging into the Purdue Graduate School application website through which you applied and viewing your checklist.

These instructions supersede any others on application sheets, forms, or brochures. All records submitted by and on behalf of an applicant become the property of Purdue University and will not be returned.