Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Admissions Overview


(See separate page for Carnegie Mellon students applying for the Practicum-Option M.S. program)

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized 4-year university, in any engineering or engineering-related disciplines including computer science, biological science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or applied mathematics
  • Strong quantitative skills and background in life sciences, as evidenced by coursework or research experience
  • Transcripts from all the universities attended (non-official transcripts acceptable for admissions review)
  • GRE general test - Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing (non-official report acceptable for admissions review)
  • TOEFL - for all non-native-English-speaking students regardless of previous education in English-speaking institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online directly by the referees
  • Statement of Purpose, as part of the online application
  • Non-refundable fee of US $75

GRE and TOEFL Information

  • GRE and TOEFL scores must be within the valid period; GRE scores are valid for 5 years, TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.
  • Applicants must self-report and enter the scores in the online application; official reports from Education Testing Service (ETS) are not required until after admission.
  • ETS Information
    • GRE CMU Code: 2074
    • GRE BME Department Code: 1603
    • TOEFL CMU Code: 8468-01
    • TOEFL BME Department Code: 69 (Engineering other)
    • ETS Telephone Number: 800 529 3590
    • ETS Web Addresses:
  • GRE may be substituted with MCAT or DAT upon petition.
  • TOEFL may be substituted with IELTS. The minimal acceptable TOEFL total score is 88 with subscores of 22 or higher for reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The minimal acceptable IELTS band score is 7.5.
  • Please contact:
  • IELTS to send

    • Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering
      5000 Forbes Avenue
      119 Porter Hall
      Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • All applicants must use the online application system, except for qualified Carnegie Mellon students applying for Practicum-Option M.S. program (see separate admissions page).
  • Do not create multiple accounts on the online application system, which will likely jeopardize the review process.
  • Statement of Purpose (first paragraph) should start with the identification of primary areas of research interests and BME faculty member you would most like to work with.

Please use this page and the list of BME faculty members to identify faculty members working in each area of research.

  • Deadlines
    • Fall entry, Ph.D.: December 15 (starting from October 1)
    • Fall entry, M.S.: January 15 (starting from October 1)
    • Fall entry, BME/E&TIM dual Masters program: see E&TIM page
    • Fall entry, BME/MSTV dual Masters program: see MS-TV page January 15 (starting from October 1)
    • Spring entry, Ph.D. or M.S.: September 26 (starting from July 1)

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