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Transfer Courses

A limited number of graduate courses taken at another university may be transferred to a BME graduate student's plan of study at Purdue University provided that the courses are of sufficient graduate standing to replace similar Purdue courses.

Before completing his/her Plan of Study, a student is required to submit a petition (endorsed by their major professor) to the BME Graduate Office. Students submitting a petition must follow the instructions and use the template found on the linked petition form and submit to the BME Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate Program Coordinator will review the petition to ensure the proposal meets requirements of the Purdue Graduate School. The petition should be submitted during the first year.

MSBME Degree Plan of Study

Up to 3 cr.* graduate coursework beyond the BS degree and which has not been applied to a subsequent degree may be transferred from another university.

PhD Degree Plan of Study with previous MS degree

Up to 12 cr.* graduate coursework from a single previous MS degree may be transferred from another university.

PhD Degree Plan of Study without previous MS degree

Up to 12 cr.* graduate coursework beyond the BS degree and which has not been applied to a subsequent degree may be transferred from another university.

*If the research advisor and student wish to transfer more than the maximum number of credits allowed for the student's situation, they should include this in the transfer course petition along with the other course information as well as a brief reason for requesting the extra transfer course work.

Courses that cannot be transferred to a BME Plan of Study
This is a compendium of courses that will not be approved for transfer:

  • 500 or 600-level courses that fulfilled B.S. requirements of a student.
  • Lower level courses (e.g., 400-level or equivalent) even if they were in biological or related subjects;
  • Seminar courses;
  • Project or independent study courses.