The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group accepts applications for Ph.D. and M.S Degrees.  Successful applicants to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group in 2020 demonstrated strong scientific skills, research experience, academic achievement, resourcefulness, and a commitment to outreach, leadership and service.  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 2021 admission is December 1, 2020.  Your application is not complete until all of the items listed below are received. Application review will begin on December 15th.  ALL parts (letters of recommendation and test scores) must be received by December 15th in order to be reviewed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

1. Application

Your Application to Graduate Studies must be completed online; go to Graduate Admissions for instructions.  The application includes both a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History and Diversity StatementAdditional and supplemental information will not be accepted.  Please include all pertinent information in online Graduate Application.

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.  UC Davis only offers application fee waivers to applicants who have participated in specific graduate preparation programs (for a full list see Graduate Preparation Program Participants on the Graduate Studies Steps to Applying page). Applicants who are affiliated with these programs must indicate their participation AND must provide the name and contact information for their program coordinator in the relevant section of the online application system to receive a fee waiver.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

Select recommenders who will enthusiastically support your application to graduate school and can provide examples of your academic and research capabilities. Recommendations are typically submitted by university faculty, although employers may also be relevant. Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Recommendations will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.

4. CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Resources for formatting your CV are available from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center. Your CV must be submitted electronically through the online application. CVs will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.

5. 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.

6. Graduate Record Examination scores

GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) requirement has been waived for Fall 2021 applicants.  GRE scores will not be a factor during admissions consideration.

7. 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).  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.  The minimum band score required for admission to Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis is 8 on a 9-point scale.


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.  The admissions committee considers applications on a holistic review basis and focuses on demonstrated scientific skills, research experience, academic achievement, resourcefulness, and commitment to outreach, leadership and service. 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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