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Fifth-Year Combined BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering (with Thesis)

Criteria for Admission

Guidelines:

  • Open only to Purdue BME undergraduate students;
  • No particular grade point average automatically entitles a student to admission;
  • Student must be completing their undergraduate degree by the spring of their fourth year and have 12 graduate coursework hours left to complete in their fifth year;
  • Student must be on pace to have conducted at least 7 credit hours of undergraduate research (BME 296, BME 498, or equivalent) with chosen advisor prior to the end of their senior (fourth) year.
  • Up to 9 credits of graduate-level coursework can be dual counted for both your BS and MS degree as long as both degree requirements are being met and grades are a B- or better.

Admission recommendations:

  • 3.6 grade point average or higher in undergraduate studies;
  • GRE is waived for admission to program, but highly recommended to be taken during the student’s fourth or fifth year.

Important Dates

Current Weldon undergraduates will submit a pre-application to the BME Graduate Programs office by May 1 of their junior year to determine if admissions qualifications are met.

Students will be notified by the BME Graduate Office in June if they have been recommended to the program. If so, the student will be instructed to submit the Purdue University Graduate School application on or before August 1 of their senior year.

Pre-Application Requirements

Current Weldon undergraduates will apply to the BME Graduate Program by May 1 of their junior year to determine if admissions qualifications are met. Due in one application package are:

  • One letter of recommendation from faculty advisor with whom student will continue for MS degree. The letter must state whether or not he or she will provide financial support of the student for the duration of the MS degree. Students may self-fund their master's degree program year if faculty funding is not available. The faculty advisor should contact the BME Graduate Office with any questions.
  • CV or resume;
  • Statement of Purpose;
  • Official Purdue University transcript;
  • Plan of Study (POS) outlining the fourth and fifth year, approved by the chosen faculty advisor. Use this form: Fifth Year Plan of Study Worksheet

Students will be notified by the BME Graduate Office in early June if they have been accepted into the program. If so, the student will be instructed to submit the Purdue University Graduate School application on or before August 1 of their senior year. BS/MS students will have dual status as undergraduate and graduate students and therefore will be eligible for undergraduate financial aid until they have completed all of the BS degree requirements.

Purdue Graduate School Application

  • Online application - choose Biomedical Engineering as ‘Major’ and the immediate upcoming fall semester for 'Term/Year.'
  • CV or resume - upload to online application.
  • Statement of purpose - upload to online application.
  • Application fee paid online via credit card, unless you qualify for a waiver, i.e., through participation in SURF. Mark application accordingly.
  • *Letters of recommendation - see below.
  • The BME Graduate Office will upload to online application your Purdue University transcript that was submitted with the pre-application.
  • GRE is not required for BS/MS applicants, but if you have taken it do list your scores in online application.

*Letters of recommendation are not required, but the online application system will require applicants to enter the names of three recommenders with email addresses. Since we don't actually want anyone to be notified by email to submit a letter, students should list the following as "ghost" recommenders: Sandy May (smmay@purdue.edu), Tammy Siemers (tsiemers@purdue.edu), Purdue Grad School (gradinfo@purdue.edu). Each person will know to disregard the request.