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Admission to the Graduate Program in Bioengineering is highly competitive. The Admissions Committee looks for strong evidence of motivation and achievement. Admission decisions are generally based on quantitative metrics (GPA, GRE, and TOEFL scores), letters of recommendation, statement of research goals, as well as previous research experiences, especially archival publications.

Admission to the Graduate Program in Bioengineering requires a Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants with degrees in non-engineering disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics, are expected to have the following prerequisite courses:  Calculus I, II, III; Differential Equations; and Thermodynamics.  These courses would ideally have been completed by the time of application, but they may also be in progress.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants must also take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The University of Maryland's institutional code for score reporting is 5814.  No department or major code is needed.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for score reporting to the institution.

How to Apply

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School oversees the Hobsons ApplyYourself application system. Applicants should review the Application Process site and the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of research goals and interests
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.


For Fall admission, the deadline for the complete application, including all transcripts, letters, test scores, and statement, is January 15 (or next business day).  Spring admissions are rare, and any applicant seeking consideration for spring must have a letter of support from a current, primary Fischell Department of Bioengineering faculty member.