Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Admissions Overview


(See separate page for Carnegie Mellon students applying for the Integrated Master's/Bachelor's Program)

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized 4-year university, in any engineering or science-related discipline including computer science, biological and medical sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics
  • Strong quantitative skills or a background in life sciences
  • Transcripts from all the universities attended (non-official transcripts acceptable for admissions review)
  • The GRE is optional for CMU BME applications. Our admissions assessment is based on a holistic view of the student, including multiple aspects of their academic performance. Thus, a GRE score is not necessary. However, if you have taken the GRE and feel it would benefit your application, please submit it
  • TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo - for all non-native-English-speaking students. If a student previously obtained a degree at a U.S. institution, student may submit an old version of the TOEFL/IELTS/ DuoLingo scores. Please check TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo requirements webpage for more details
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted online directly by the referees (should be submitted before deadline)
  • Statement of Purpose, as part of the online application
  • Non-refundable fee of US $75 (enrollment/deferral/denial)

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
  • TEL: 800 529 3590
  • URL:


  • All applicants must use the online application system.
  • Do not create multiple accounts on the online application system, which will likely jeopardize the review process.

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

Inquiries and Assistance

CMU Rales Fellows Program

The CMU Rales Fellows Program, enabled by the generous support of the Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation, empowers talented STEM leaders from underrepresented backgrounds by removing financial barriers to graduate education. Rales Fellows drive progress in science and technology, inspiring and paving the way for others. The CMU Rales Fellows Program expects to support a cohort of more than 80 fellows in M.S. and Ph.D. programs annually.

CMU News: Rales Fellows Program