How to Apply

Undergraduate Admissions

All Undergraduate Admissions are handled at the University level. Please visit for information on applying to the University at Buffalo as an Undergraduate student.

For information about selecting Biomedical Engineering as your major you may visit the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences admissions site for more details.

Graduate Admissions

All applications and application materials are submitted electronically using the University at Buffalo Application Management System. Please do not send any physical documents to our office.

For consideration for FALL admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete their application prior to January 15th for full consideration of funding and fellowships. The FALL deadline to apply is April 1st for International Students requiring a visa and August 1st for Domestic Students. All materials must be received by this deadline. Our faculty will begin to review applications in early Spring and decisions may be made prior to the application deadline so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The review process may take up to twelve weeks, so most candidates can expect to hear from us during the month of April. Some of the later submissions may not hear until early May or later.

The SPRING deadline to apply is October 15th for International Students requiring a visa.  Applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed until our capacity has been reached.  The Spring deadline for Domestic Students to apply is December 15th.

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Click here to apply to the PhD program

GRE scores for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 admission are not required, but applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores, if available.

Applications for admission are evaluated by the graduate committee on the basis of criteria reflecting academic quality and probable success in advanced study. These criteria are:

  1. undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades
  2. GRE exam scores (NOTE: GRE scores are not required for Spring/Fall 2023 admission).
  3. letters of recommendation
  4. a statement outlining past accomplishments, professional objectives, special interests, and educational plans

Superior grades and exam scores are, of course, important for admission. However, cases exist where students not having the highest grades were admitted partly on the basis of strong letters of recommendation clearly indicating superior ability and dedication in undergraduate research. It is advantageous to request letters from individuals who have significant knowledge of your abilities-for instance, professors who have taught you in more than one course or with whom you have carried out an independent study project or research. You should give these individuals as much lead time as possible so that they will not be not rushed and will be able to write detailed and thoughtful letters about you.   

Application Components

Note: GRE scores for Spring and Fall 2023 admission are not required, but applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores, if available.

Using the Application Management System, every applicant must submit the following:

  • All required fields on the application
  • Email addresses for three (3) individuals to provide letters of recommendations
  • Resume/Curricula Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE Scores (Institution Code 2925, Department Code 1603)
  • (For International Applicants) TOEFL Scores (Institution Code 2925, Department Code 69) [We also accept IELTS, PTE, CAE, and CPE scores]
  • Scanned copies of academic transcripts from undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) studies (English translations required)
  • $85 Application Fee
You may start and return to the application at any time, you do not need to submit all components at once. Your application will not be reviewed until you have formally submitted, the application fee has been paid, and all supplemental materials are received.
International applicants will also be required to submit copies of their passport, Visa and I-20 if one has already been obtained, and financial documentation. These documents do not need to be submitted prior to applying, but if the department offers admission they must be submitted before the applicant can be formally approved.


Do you have a question about Graduate Admissions or your application?  Please email:
Do you have a question about Graduate Studies in the Biomedical Enginering Department?  Please email:

Combined Degree Admissions

Current UB Biomedical Engineering students may be eligible to apply to a Combined Degree Program. More information on Combined Degree Programs offered and the application requirements can be found here.