The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group accepts applications for Ph.D. and M.S Degrees.  Successful applicants to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group in 2019 had an average Undergraduate GPA of 3.57 (out of 4.00) and average GRE scores of 82 percentile Quantitative, 79 percentile Verbal, and 70 percentile Analytical Writing.  Applicants for the Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics & Bioimaging (or any other affiliated DE – see Student Information for specifics) must first apply and be admitted for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.  Applicants for MD/Ph.D. degrees should seek further instruction from the UC Davis Physician Scientist Training Program.


The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is December 1, 2019. Applicants must complete the following:

1. Application

Your Application to Graduate Studies must be completed online; go to Graduate Admissions for instructions.  The application system for Fall 2020 will open in mid-September.  Please apply now at:

2. Application Fee

The fee to apply for admission is $120 (U.S. applicants) or $140 (all other applicants). Please note that the application fee is nonrefundable.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Recommendations will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.

4. Transcripts

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit  The minimum GPA required for admission to Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is 3.25 on a 4.00 GPA scale.

5. Graduate Record Examination scores

GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) is required.  Applicants should arrange to have GRE scores sent to UC Davis electronically. The UC Davis campus code for GRE scores is 4834. It is not necessary to list a specific department code.

6. English Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. There is no conditional admission for applicants who have not earned a passing TOEFL/IELTS score. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given by Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Their website address is
Official score reports must be sent from ETS electronically to UC Davis (our Institution Code is 4834).  The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is 100 for the Internet-based test and 550 for the paper test.  Submit scores to School Code 4834; Department Code 45.  As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and administered by the British Council worldwide. Their website address is  The minimum band score required for admission to Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is 8 on a 9-point scale.

Additional and supplemental information will not be accepted.  Please include all pertinent information in online Graduate Application.

Your application is not complete until all of the above items are received. ALL parts must be received by the deadline in order to be considered complete. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Additional information for international applicants is available from the Office of Graduate Studies:


We are actively recruiting graduate students with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.  Women comprise over 35% of graduate students in our program and over 20% of our faculty.  We are committed to providing financial support and mentoring to underrepresented minorities beginning their doctoral studies.


The BMEGG Admissions Committee will review all applications submitted by the general deadline, December 1st.  Applicants admitted by February 10th will be invited to the BMEGG Recruitment Event in early March.  Official notification of acceptance or denial will be made via e-mail from the Office of Graduate Studies after review of the BMEGG Admission Committee’s recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Applications submitted after the December 1st general deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.


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