Ph.D. Admissions

Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have a bachelor's or master's degree in a field of biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline. Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, or mathematics also will also be considered for admission; however, such students may be required to demonstrate competence in engineering areas usually found in an undergraduate engineering curriculum. In some cases preparatory courses in engineering may be required.

Biomedical Engineering student Dhruv Patel. If you earned an MSBME at UAB, admission to the Ph.D. program requires only an endorsement from your Master's Thesis Committee.

Test Scores

Admission to the BME Graduate Program is highly competitive.

  • Successful applicants will usually present scores of at least 156 on the verbal GRE General Test and at least 159 on the quantitative section of the GRE General Test. A GRE Subject Test is not required.
  • International students should present a score of at least 90 on the TOEFL or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS. 
  • Typical students have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater and have participated in at least one research project while an undergraduate (e.g., laboratory research, senior design project, etc.).

Application and Admission Deadlines

Graduate students are admitted in the fall semester each year. Applications should be submitted through the Graduate School online application portal. Priority application deadline is January 15.

Financial Assistance

Stipends and tuition assistance are available to highly qualified students. Approximately 8-10 students are admitted per year. General information about financing your graduate studies can be found on the UAB Graduate School website.

Application Checklist

Specific application ifnormation can be found in the Graduate Program Checklist (pdf).

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