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Engineering | School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

M.S. Program Admissions Checklist

Applications to the M.S. program are accepted and reviewed continuously throughout the year.

Fall semester admission:

  • Complete applications will be reviewed in rounds and admission decisions are typically rendered within 30 days.
  • Applications completed after June 1 will be considered for future terms.


Spring semester admission:

  • Complete applications will be reviewed in rounds and admission decisions are typically rendered within 30 days.
  • Applications completed after October 1 will be considered for future terms.

How to apply:
Complete the Office of Graduate Education’s online application and submit the application fee.

  • Review the graduate application instructions
  • Review the application FAQ’s
  • Send Transcripts and Test Scores to:

Graduate College
Admission Services Applicant Processing 

Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe AZ 85287-1004

  • 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.
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable):  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
Two letters of recommendation are required.  As a part of the online application, you will be asked to submit the names and email addresses of two professional references.  Those individuals should be from faculty at institutions you have attended and/or supervisors who can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.  Those individuals will receive an email; which will then instruct them to complete an online form.

Financial Assistance
Teaching or Research Assistant/Associate (TA/RA) positions are typically reserved for Ph.D. students.  M.S. students are encouraged to explore financial opportunities offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Financing Your Graduate Education.  Funding is not provided by the department.

Tuition and fee information is available online:

M.S. Curriculum
All successful applicants are admitted into the program as a non-thesis, applied project student.  Upon entry into the program, admitted students may transition to a thesis curriculum.  Each track requires 30 credit hours of coursework.

MS Non-Thesis Curriculum MS Thesis Curriculum
2 credits of Seminar 3 credits of Seminar
6 credits of Quantitative Electives 6 credits of Quantitative Electives
6 credits of General Electives 6 credits of General Electives
13 credits of BME coursework 9 credits of BME coursework
3 credits of Applied Project 6 credits of Thesis


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.