An overview of requirements and procedures for admissions, both general to OHSU Grad Studies and specific to the Biomedical Engineering graduate program is provided below.
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For admission to graduate school at Oregon Health & Science University, students must have obtained the following:
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an appropriate educational background in engineering or biological sciences with a strong mathematics background.
Grade Point Average (GPA): Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grading system of A = 4 points; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1; F = 0) or its equivalent in other grading systems.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test: Although there is no GRE admissions "cutoff" score, Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing General Test Scores of 500, 600 and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered competitive. Applicants are required to provide GRE scores for the General Test of the GRE, unless: (i) the applicant already has a graduate degree from a U.S. university, or (ii) permission is given to substitute scores from the medical College Aptitude Test
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): International applicants for whom English is not a native language must have acceptable scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless the applicant already has an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. university.
International transcripts: All applicants with degrees from foreign/international institutions are required to provide World Education Service (WES) International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) credential evaluations for all foreign colleges attended. Applicants need to consult WES's website for insturctions and fees at www.wes.org. The applicant will be responsible for the full cost of this service.
Ph.D. student applications are considered year-round, but prospective students are encouraged to apply by January 15 to receive consideration for financial support starting the fall term of that year.
Biomedical Engineering program requirements
We encourage applications from students who have completed undergraduate coursework in engineering — particularly mechanical, chemical or computer engineering — and other basic science areas with strong mathematics backgrounds. There are no specific undergraduate course requirements for admission.
Due to the strong emphasis of our program on research, the admissions committee is especially interested in applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest and aptitude for research prior to applying to graduate school (e.g., independent study, honors thesis, laboratory work experience).
The record of funding for research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is excellent. Our diverse source of grant funds includes National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.
Students admitted to our program generally receive a living stipend and full tuition support as graduate research assistants from departmental funds, research training grants or individual faculty research grants. Our trainees have been highly successful at obtaining these grant awards.