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Biomedical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Application Information


Contact Dr. Xiaoshan Zhu.
Director, Biomedical Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
Mail Stop 260
Reno, NV 89557-0260
(775) 784-6927

Applicants to the biomedical engineering degree program should apply through The Graduate School website. The graduate school application requires the following:

  1. Three letters of recommendation.
  2. Official college transcripts
  3. Copy of your GRE scores
  4. Copy of TOEFL scores, for international students
  5. Statement of purpose

In addition, the biomedical engineering program requires an additional page to be submitted with the application that contains the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Brief description of research plans you have discussed with faculty members identified in your Graduate School application
  3. The BME program does not restrict entry to the fall or spring terms. Often students can begin their program by performing a research rotation almost any time of the year. Please identify a general start date (which can also be the beginning of the fall or spring term, as described in the Graduate School application).
  4. Brief paragraph describing your career goals in the area of biomedical engineering
  5. Sentence describing how you learned about our program

Application deadlines

Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines for full consideration.

  • Fall semester: February 1
  • Spring semester: November 1

Financial support

Master's degree students pursuing Plan A, the thesis option, are eligible to apply for department assistantships. Assistantships include tuition and fees as well as a stipend for living expenses.

  • Teaching assistantships are very limited and highly competitive. International students typically need to complete at least one semester in the program before being considered for teaching assistantships.
  • Research assistantships are offered by individual faculty. Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty directly to inquire about research opportunities.

No student can be considered for any form of financial support until after being admitted into the program.

Housing Options

The University offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Visit the graduate housing website to learn more about living at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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