Engineering | School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

PhD Biomedical Engineering Graduate Admissions Checklist

All materials must be received by the priority admissions deadline for the Ph.D. program:

  • Fall semester admission:  Ph.D. application priority deadline is December 15.
  • Spring semester admission:  Ph.D. application priority deadline is July 15.  However, please note, typically only a few candidates are admitted for spring (if any).

Applications submitted after that deadline will be considered.  However, for full consideration for fellowships, applications should be submitted by the priority deadline.

Complete the Graduate College’s online application and submit the application fee.

Send ALL documents to:
Graduate College
Arizona State University
Interdisciplinary Building, B-Wing, Room 170
P.O. Box 871003
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003

  • Official transcript from each institution you have attended. Each must be in a sealed envelope from the institution.
  • Official GRE Scores: ASU’s institution code is 4007.  There is not a stated GRE score requirement.
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable):  580 (paper-based exam) or 92 (internet-based exam).  ASU’s institution code is 4007.

Personal Statement
Your personal statement should be a one page statement highlighting your interests, background in biomedical engineering, career goals and other factors that the admissions committee would find valuable when reviewing your application. You will upload your statement as part of the on-line application.

Letters of Recommendation
Letters should be from faculty at institutions you have attended and/or others who can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program. You will supply information for three recommenders as part of the online application.  Your recommenders will receive an email which will then instruct them to complete an online form.

PhD Applicants – 3 recommendations are required

Financial Assistance
Teaching or Research Assistant/Associate (TA/RA) positions are typically reserved for Ph.D. students.  Applicants who submit their complete applications by the priority deadline will also be considered for fellowships.

Tuition and fee information is available online:

Prerequisites and Deficiencies
The graduate committee reviews an applicant’s transcript, undergraduate degree and research/internship background when determining any prerequisites and deficiencies that may be needed.  Typically applicants who have not received a prior degree in biomedical engineering will need to build a solid foundation of engineering and biomedical concepts prior to applying for the program.  The list of required courses includes (Download a version of the Prerequisites):
All of following courses:

  • Biochemistry or upper level Biology
  • Physiology
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Physics with Calculus I
  • Physics with Calculus II

Four of the following six topics must all be completed:

  • Thermodynamics or Physical Chemistry
  • Fluid Mechanics or Bioengineering Transport Phenomenon
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Electrical Networks:  Circuits I
  • Signals and Systems
  • Biomaterials

Applicants may finalize their application while completing the final two courses from the above lists.