Application Requirements

Program Requirements
This link provides applicants and students with the official Program Requirements of the Department of Bioengineering effective for the academic year indicated at the link.  The official Program Requirements are updated each year for the new entering class and are published at the beginning of the Fall quarter.  Students are held responsible for the Program Requirements published for the academic year in which they enter the Program.  All students are required to go to this link to read and to become familiar with the official Program Requirements as they contain policy for which students are held responsible. These Program Requirements offer valuable information about Admissions, Course and Degree Requirements, Time-to-Degree, Teaching Experience requirement for PhD students, Major and Minor course requirements for the PhD, and the Prelim exams, University and Oral Qualifying Examination, and Final Oral Examination requirements for PhD students.   These Program Requirements also provide applicants and students with our termination of graduate study policy along with special departmental or Program Policy. 

 

Applicants should have a B.S. degree in Engineering, Life Science, or Physical Science.

Applicants who do not have a BS degree in Engineering, Life Science, or Physical Science, are required to have, in the very minimum, all of the prerequisites listed under the corresponding field on the Prerequisites Sheet linked here and in the third bullet below.  All prerequisites must be completed before the beginning of classes.

  • Graduate Division On-Line Application

    All applicants are required to go to this link to enter an application for admission on line.  The application is not recognized as being received until it is completed entirely and the application fee is paid.

  • Bioengineering Supplemental

    This online section requires completion before you are allowed to submit the application.

    • The data you enter on your research background in these fields is a very important part of your application.

    • Indicate your major of your undergraduate study in the appropriate field.  In the case of a double major, list both majors.

    • Although the online application requires you to enter your GPA in your last two years of undergraduate study, the Bioengineering faculty are also interested in reviewing your overall GPA and your GPA in the major courses; please list both in the appropriate fields. (See instructions below on how to calculate the GPA in the major courses.) For international applicants where numerical scores are not issued, please enter the appropriate text as these are text fields.

    • Entering one of our seven fields of study is required as all applications are monitored by a Field Advisor (click here to view the list of Field Advisors on this website listed under ‘People’).  An admitted applicant can request to change field via petition.

    • Applicants to the MS degree are required to elect a Plan option on the Supplemental, either the Comprehensive Examination Plan or the Thesis Plan.   (Click here to read the details of the Comprehensive Examination and Thesis on pages 8 & 9 of the Standards and Procedures document)  For most fields, the Comprehensive Examination Plan requires an additional exam on the core courses after the final exam. (Click here to view details of the Comprehensive Examination requirement on all Fields).  The Thesis Plan requires research through lab placement and a final document filed at the UCLA library at the end of the program.

    • By entering the name of your preferred Faculty Adviser in the appropriate field for MS Thesis and PhD applicants allows your application to be reviewed by that particular Faculty Adviser.  If the name of your preferred Faculty Adviser is not on this list or you have not yet decided on one, list the name of the Field Adviser and state on your Statement of Purpose the name of the actual Faculty Adviser you wish to work with.  For MS Comprehensive Examination applicants, your Faculty Adviser is the Field Adviser by default.

  • Prerequisites (click here to download prerequisite sheet)

    This link to the prerequisite document provides applicants for the prerequisites needed for each field divided into two sections; applicants who have an engineering background, and applicants who do not have an engineering background.  Please refer to this document to determine if you have met the prerequisites and whether or not you are eligible to be considered for admission.  All prerequisites must be completed before the beginning of classes and not concurrently while in the program since they are required for the first quarter of instruction in the first year to assist in succeeding in passing the MS Comprehensive Examination and/or the PhD prelims which are administered at the end of the Fall quarter only in most fields.

  • Grade Point Average

    The scale to calculate both the GPA for the Jr/Sr years and in the major courses (all years) is posted below.  Both of these GPA’s need to be reported on the Department Application which is linked to the second bullet above.  International applicants matriculating or have matriculated in schools that are not on a 4.0 system can report their scores as issued; i.e., 17/20, or Pass with Distinction, or 85/100, etc.

  • Transcripts 

    PLEASE NOTE:  All applicants should mail their official transcripts to the Bioengineering Department.  These transcripts should be postmarked on or before the December 15th application deadline

    In addition to uploading unofficial transcripts on the on-line Graduate Admissions website, one official transcript from all schools attended (beyond secondary), including those from community colleges, may be sent directly from the registrars of the academic institutions you have attended (beyond secondary school), or you may request an official copy and send them yourself to the Bioengineering Department before the Dec.15th application deadline.  Hit back button for program address for forwarding.   If you are a university/college senior, do not wait for senior-year grades before uploading your  transcript; upload your transcripts at the time you are applying on line.  UCLA undergraduates please note:  Although you are required to upload your UCLA transcripts on line,  you do have to submit official copies of UCLA transcripts to the Bioengineering Department.  Except from schools where English is the medium of instruction, international applicants must upload the certified English translation and the untranslated versions of transcripts from undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) study.  Please do not upload transcripts from secondary education, nor any type of certificates of appreciation or award as they are not considered for admission.  Accolades of academic mention should be noted in the resumé or curriculum vitae only.  (See below for more details about transcripts.)

  • Statement of Purpose 

    Upload only on-line in the Graduate Admission on line application.  Do not send via US post or via email attachment.  (See below for more details and instruction on the Statement of Purpose)

  • Letters of Recommendation 

    Complete on-line in the Graduate Admission on line application form.  The names of three persons must be entered on line even if you do not want an email sent to them requesting a letter of recommendation in your behalf.   If three names are not entered, the system will not allow you to submit the application. You can follow-up on line when the recommendation requests have been sent to the persons recommending you and when they have been received by UCLA. If you have entered an incorrect email for the person(s) recommending you, simply delete the entry and re-enter the corrected data.  Applicants are able to remind faculty to submit their letters by having the system resend the email to those recommending the applicant.

  • GREs (have ETS send to Department through Dept code-hit ‘BACK’ button for address)

    All applicants are required to enter online the standard GRE report (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical only), & by the application deadline of December 15.  Make certain that you do not neglect to enter your scores on line as this is an integral part of the online application.  GRE scores in a particular subject area are not required.  PLEASE NOTE:  UCLA undergraduate students who are getting a degree in engineering from HSSEAS and who have high GPAs and have been classified as ESAP students by the Dean’s Office, do not need to submit the GRE report.  However, the Bioengineering faculty strongly recommend that these students take the GRE in the event they are applying to other schools other than UCLA.

  • TOEFL/IELTS (have ETS send to Department through Dept code-hit ‘BACK’ button for address).  All applicants are required to enter online their score by the application deadline of December 15.  Make certain that you do not neglect to enter your scores on line as this is an integral part of the online application. If you are unable to enter your score online by the deadline, please apply for a future application period. ***Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years, and that if several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.***

  • Financial Statement for International Students 

    This document must be up uploaded while filling out the graduate application online.

  • Resumé or curriculum vitae

    This is a required document.  Upload your resumé or curriculum vitae on line in the ‘Resume or CV’ section of the on line Graduate Admission Application.  Do not send to the BME IDP program either via US post or email attachment.

Prerequisites [Top of Page] 

It is entirely the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain that the required prerequisites accompanying the selected field listed on the Prerequisite Sheet (click here) have been fulfilled prior to starting coursework. The Department does not take responsibility for an applicant’s deficiency in meeting prerequisites nor for underachieving in the core and/or elective courses listed in the Study Plan or for underachieving in the MS Comprehensive or PhD Preliminary Examination due to lack or neglect of fulfilling prerequisites. Please Note: Applicants needing to complete prerequisite courses while at UCLA or during UCLA Summer Sessions and before beginning graduate studies are advised to enroll in these courses on a Pass/Not Pass (P/N), or, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading basis which will not affect the overall GPA while a graduate student at UCLA. Prerequisite courses cannot be taken concurrently with graduate courses while a student in the Bioengineering Department.

Grade Point Average [Top of Page]

To apply for the M.S. or PhD degree, applicants should have a B.S. degree in Engineering, Life Science, or Physical Science, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants who already have the M.S. degree or will obtain the degree before enrolling, should have an overall GPA of at least 3.25 for the M.S., however, such applicants must still report their undergraduate GPA. Meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher.

How to calculate JR/SR year GPA:
Jr & Sr Year GPA (Grade Point Average)
Junior and Senior Year units are the last 60 semester units, or last 90 quarter units, completed in undergraduate status. Your Jr/Sr GPA should be calculated by using the scale posted below.

If you do not have 60 semester or 90 quarter units in your junior and senior year, please include your entire last semester or quarter of your sophomore year.

If your school uses another system, and it cannot be converted to a four point GPA, enter the grading system that is practiced in your school.

PLEASE NOTE:  For applicants who are in the process of completing the senior year and are unable to calculate the GPA because grades have not yet been posted, please calculate your GPA from your entire junior (3rd year) only. If you do not have 30 semester or 45 quarter units in your junior year, please include your entire last semester or quarter of your sophomore year.

**The department can reject candidates that calculate their GPA’s incorrectly**

SAMPLE GPA CALCULATION

Grade
Total Course Units
Multiplier
Grade Points Earned
A or A+
33
X 4
132
A- 20 X 3.7 74
B+ 10 X 3.3 33
B
21
X 3
63
B- 5 X 2.7 13.5
C+ 2 X 2.3 4.6
C
9
X 2
18
C- 1 X 1.7 1.7
D+ 3 X 1.3 3.9
D
0
X 1
0
D- 1 X 0.7 0.7
F
0
X 0
0
 
—-
 
—-
 Total Course Units
105
 Total Grade Points Earned
344.4

Divide Total Grade Points Earned by Total Course Units and carry to two decimal places:

344.4 (Total Grade Points Earned) divided by 105 (Total Course Units) = 3.28 (GPA)

HOW TO CALCULATE GPA IN THE MAJOR COURSES

In addition to your JR/SR GPA required on the Graduate Division online application  is the GPA in the major courses overall. Using the above sample, calculate your GPA in all engineering, math, physics, biology, and chemistry courses for all years in attendance of your undergraduate studies including current courses you are taking up to the time that you submit your application on line. Do not include grades from fields other than the ones listed above.

**The department can reject candidates that calculate their GPA’s incorrectly**

Transcripts [Top of Page]

PLEASE NOTE:  All applicants should mail their official transcripts to the Bioengineering Department.  These transcripts should be postmarked on or before the December 15th application deadline.

Please upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended except for community colleges.  ATTENTION International students; please upload the English translation of unofficial transcripts, unofficial degree certificates and/or unofficial copies of your diplomas.  In addition to uploading unofficial English translated transcripts on the on-line Graduate Admissions website, one official transcript both in non translated form and in English translated form from each school attended,including community colleges, may be sent directly from the registrars of the academic institutions you have attended (beyond secondary school), or you may request official copies and send them yourself to the Bioengineering Department before the Dec. 15th application deadline.  Hit back button for program address for forwarding. 

If you are a university/college senior, do not wait for senior-year grades before submitting your application and transcript. UCLA undergraduates please note:   You do not have to submit official copies of UCLA transcripts; the Bioengineering Department admissions office will retrieve them in your behalf. 

ATTENTION APPLICANTS FROM INDIA! 

Please do not upload or send transcripts from Secondary or Higher Secondary schools; these are not required for admission. The basis of admission is the Bachelor degree or its equivalent at the post secondary level. Also, please, do not upload or send Certificates of Appreciation or achievement or any other type of Certificates of honorable mention or accolades as these are not required or considered for graduate admission

Statement Of Purpose [Top of Page]

The Statement of Purpose is uploaded on line only.  
Do not send to the Bioengineering Department.  It should specify the research area you are interested in. Your statement is a means of helping us match your academic and research interest with those of our faculty (this is very important if you are applying for financial support as most financial offers are through Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments). It should not be a personal life history; it should contain only such academic details that will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

Describe exactly what you wish to study at UCLA. “Bioengineering”, for example is not specific enough. State what branch of Bioengineering interests you, e.g., Biomedical Signal & Image Processing, Molecular Cellular Tissue Therapeutics, Neuroengineering, etc.  If you possess such a background, write about your experience as a researcher and what you researched, the extent of your research, publications in print, peer reviews, the number of poster presentations you have entered, research awards earned, number of oral presentations, and number of conference proceedings attended.

Letters Of Recommendation [Top of Page] 

Three names of individuals who you wish to have an email request sent to them to recommend you should be entered on line even if you do not wish to receive a recommendation from an individual or your application will not be considered as completed.  The status of receipt of letters of recommendation is posted on the on line graduate admission application as soon as it is received and applicants are urged to check it frequently.  Applicants are able to frequently remind those recommending you for admission to submit their letters on line by having the system resend the email to those recommending the applicant.  Do not have the persons recommending you for admission send their letters to the Bioengineering Department either via US post or by email attachments. 

For the M.S. program, we recommend that you request letters of reference from professors who have taught you in your junior or senior years.

For the Ph.D. program, we urge that all you request letters from academic references as recent as possible. If you have an M.S., letters from professors who served on your M.S. committee are particularly helpful. If you cannot obtain academic references, the letters should be from people who can comment on your recent professional attainments and your qualifications for graduate study in Bioengineering at UCLA.

Confidentiality: Applicants are not permitted to inspect or retrieve letters of recommendation in their UCLA files. If you are admitted to UCLA and enroll, you will then have access to your letters of recommendations unless you have previously waived the right of access. All letters of recommendation need to be uploaded into the system by the recommender by the December 15th deadline. Letters received after the deadline may not be considered.

Graduate Record Examination [Top of Page]
http://www.gre.org/

GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. If necessary, GRE booklets can be obtained from any college or university bookstore. If you do not take the exam, your file will be considered incomplete. We cannot admit students “provisionally” and allow them to take the GRE exam after they are at UCLA.

The GRE must be taken within the last five years before the desired date of admission. The GRE code for UCLA is 1603.

If you have taken the GRE within the last five years, you may send a copy of the resuts pending receipt of official scores from the Educational Testing Service. The Department address to send the scores is located on the “When and How to Apply” page.

The only other report accepted in lieu of the GRE official report is the MCAT official report.  Upload the unofficial copy of the MCAT report at the time of applying on line.

TOEFL OR IELTS [Top of Page]

Test of English as a Foreign Language
http://www.ets.org/toefl/ 
or

IELTS band score – International English Language Testing System
http://www.ielts.org/

Students whose native language is not English are required, for admission, to score at least 600 (paper exam), 250 (computer exam), or 100 iBT (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or have an overall band score of at least on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Applications may be obtained from ETS, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. IELTS is administered by local IELTS TEST CENTERS throughout the world and applicants should consult them for the nearest IELTS test center. ***Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years, and that if several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.***

Because processing, sending, and receiving TOEFL and IELTS scores often takes several weeks, international students must schedule the TOEFL examination no later than October in order to meet the Departmental deadlines. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the Department address. The Department address to send the scores is located on the “When and How to Apply” page. 

In addition, students whose native language is not English must take the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) on arrival at UCLA and, beginning in their first term in residence, take any English as a Second Language courses needed as determined by the results of the ESLPE. Because such courses may not be applied toward the minimum course requirement, students who are required to take them should expect to spend additional time in residence.

ETS Tests UCLA/BME IDP Institution Codes:

GRE: Institution Code: 4837/Dept. Code : 1603

TOEFL/TSE/IELTS: Institution Code: 7845/Dept. Code: 69

http://www.ets.org


Financial Statement for International Students
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The office of Graduate Admissions at UCLA requires that international admits prove that they have the current amount stated on the I-20 application portal at their disposal for the first academic year of graduate study. According to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization regulations, the University may only issue Certificates of Eligibility (Form I-20) for Visas to applicants who have been offered admission and have submitted documented evidence (e.g. Financial statement, bank statements, letters of sponsorship, etc.) of sufficient funds for their study at UCLA. For more information, please contact the Dashew Center at 310-825-1681 or http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu/.

These documents must bear the appropriate seals and/or signature of a Bank Official, and must state the full name of the applicant and the amount of the support offered. Please upload these documents during your online application. All financial statements are kept confidential.