How to Apply

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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Biomedical Engineering's Graduate Program.  Please follow the procedure below to submit your complete application package.  If you have questions, please check the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Fill out a complete MSU Graduate School Application.  Use the online forms, or contact to check on the availability of a paper application.  Note the following degree code:

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Degree Code

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D.



Completing the MSU application online will give you access to the Graduate Student Portal. You will be able to:

      • Upload Resume/CV
      • Upload personal and academic statements
      • Manage Letter of Recommendations (see guidelines below)
      • Upload any other pertinent information for your application
      • Send Messages to Graduate Secretary and Graduate Director
  1. The following items must be submitted in an official capacity:
      • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Note: for paper copies, please have official correspondence sent to department. Please contact the Graduate Secretary if you wish to have electronic copies sent, as they must meet certain criteria.              
      • Official GRE scores (see guidelines below)
      • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only; see guidelines below)
      • Official test scores (GRE and TOEFL) must be submitted to the University via the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Unofficial photocopies of score sheets are useful for review purposes, but we cannot admit applicants without a complete application, which requires official scores.
  2. Arrange for three recommendations from instructors and/or advisors familiar with your academic record who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you. This may be done via the student portal (step 2) or by mail. The student portal allows for the student to add referrers, send reminder emails and waive his/her right to view letters. For mail submissions, please use the Letter of Recommendation form provided by the graduate school.  Fill out and sign the top portion of each form. Ask the recommender to complete the form, attach a letter if they wish, and return it to the departmental address.


Address for Mailing ALL Printed Application Materials

Tiffany Owen, Academic Program Coordinator
Michigan State University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
775 Woodlot Drive, Room 2030
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226

Applications will only be reviewed when complete and official. Please utilize the student portal for up-to-date information about your application status.