Graduate Requirements

Admission to the M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. programs is in accordance with the general requirements of the Graduate Division. Applicants are required to have completed a B.S. and/or M.S. degree by time of admission in a branch of engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, or quantitative life sciences. M.S. and Ph.D. applicants must have a GPA of 3.4 or better in technical courses. M.Eng. applicants should have competitive grades (greater than a 3.0 GPA). All applicants must submit GRE General Test scores, as well as three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their academic or professional competencies and to the depth of their interest in pursuing graduate study. In addition, for M.Eng. applicants attention will be paid to their background and Statement of Purpose to ensure that they match the goals of the program. For example, whereas undergraduate research experience and an intention to pursue a research career or advanced studies are qualifications and interests typically well-suited to the M.S. program, industrial experience and the intention to pursue a professional career are correspondingly well-suited to the M.Eng. program.

A minimum score of 85 (ibt) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English. We will not be able to admit applicants with a TOEFL speaking score below 23. Applicants should have proficiency in mathematics, physics, mechanics, chemistry and biology, including two years of college mathematics (i.e., advanced calculus and differential equations), and one year each of physics, mechanics, chemistry and biology.

The deadline for filing applications for Fall 2019 is December 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. Applicants are considered for admission for the fall quarter only. The Department of Bioengineering Graduate Admissions Committee is responsible for final review of applications and final recommendations. In addition, bioengineering faculty review applications. Thorough review is based on previous academic record, GRE General Test scores, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, and if applicable, TOEFL test scores. Applicants are judged competitively.

Graduate BS/MS Requirements

To be eligible, students must have completed the first two quarters of their junior year in residence at UCSD and have an upper-division GPA of 3.5 or better and a 3.0 overall UC GPA. However, it should be noted that meeting and even exceeding minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The B.S./M.S. is open to students in their junior year. Students taking a fifth year of undergraduate study are not eligible.

The Five-Year B.S./M.S. requires two applications. The first application, submitted during the junior year, is to the Department of Bioengineering and is reviewed and approved by the BENG Graduate Studies Committee. The second (university) application, submitted upon conferral of the B.S. degree, is required for admission into UCSD’s graduate program and includes a $80 application fee ($100 for international students). Please note: students in the B.S./M.S. will have their academic records reviewed upon conferral of the B.S. degree. At that time, the Graduate Studies Committee will decide, dependent upon a student’s academic success in prescribed coursework, whether the student will be admitted to the M.S. degree program effective the following Fall quarter.