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Graduate Admission Information

Criteria for Admission

Decisions for admission into the graduate 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 for thesis degrees with individual 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.

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:156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative

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: must meet or exceed each of the following internet-based test scores: writing-18; speaking-18; listening-14; reading-19; total-77; or must achieve an overall band score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS;
  • Top 5% of graduating class, or higher, depending on the prior institution;
  • Target GRE scores: 156 and higher for verbal and 159 and higher for quantitative.

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 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)

     February 15
     (Professional Master's Only)

     No entry for all other programs

International
in U.S.
December 15 Priority      October 31
     Priority (limited entry)

     February 15 
     (Professional Master's Only)

     No entry for all other programs

International
outside U.S.
December 15 Priority      October 1
     Priority (limited entry)

     February 15 
     (Professional Master's Only)

     No entry for all other programs

A complete application means the online application has been submitted, the application fee has been paid, and all required documents (including uploaded transcripts, English translations as needed, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL or IELTS 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 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 follow the status of the application for receipt of transcripts and letters of recommendation by logging in to the same Purdue University Graduate School application website through which you originally applied.

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.  All other programs are located on the West Lafayette Campus.

For domestic applicants:

  • Online application - choose Biomedical Engineering as ‘Major’;
  • $60 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: You must upload to the online application transcripts and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you've 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 need only provide official transcripts and/or academic records if you are admitted and choose to enroll. For more information, please see How to apply;
  • 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). You must include in the diversity essay the name of the U.S. high school from which you graduated and the complete address of that school.
  • For consideration for the T32 Diabetes Training Grant,
  • For consideration for the T32 Diabetes Training Grant,
    • Email WeldonBMEGrad@purdue.edu to be added to the list for consideration
    • Submit a two-page proposal, including a summary of your interests, qualifications, and proposed research to WeldonBMEGrad@purdue.edu
    • Put "diabetes" as one of your keywords on the supplemental form of your application
    • Domestic or Permanent Resident
  • Online application - choose Biomedical Engineering as ‘Major’;
  • $75 application fee paid online via credit card;
  • Resume or curriculum vita;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Transcripts: You must upload to the online application transcripts and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must also upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it. You must also upload copies of your original language diplomas/certificates and their English translations as applicable. 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 need only provide official transcripts and/or academic records if you are admitted and choose to enroll. For more information, please see How to apply;
  • 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.
  • The diversity essay is not required unless you graduated from a U.S. high school.

All required application materials should be submitted online as directed within the application. You may check for outstanding documents and the status of your application by logging into the Purdue Graduate School application website to review 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.