The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group accepts applications for Ph.D. and M.S Degrees.  Please find our degree programs listed under Engineering – Biomedical in the online application.  Successful applicants to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group in 2014 had an average Undergraduate GPA of 3.63 (out of 4.00) and average GRE scores of 87 percentile Quantitative, 82 percentile Verbal, and 67 percentile Written.  Applicants for the Designated Emphasis in Biophotonics (or any other affiliated DE – see Student Information for specifics) must first apply and be admitted for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.  Applicants for MD/Ph.D. degrees should seek further instruction from the UC Davis Physician Scientist Training Program.


The application deadline for Fall 2015 admission is December 15, 2014. Applicants must complete the following:

1. Application

Your Application to Graduate Studies must be completed online; go to Graduate Admissions for instructions.  The application system for Fall 2015 is open.

2. Application Fee

An electronic application fee of $90 (U.S.) or $110 (international) is payable by everyone applying for admission.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Recommendations will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.

4. Transcripts

Official, sealed, original (no photocopies) transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended should be sent directly to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group (see address information below).  **New Policy for 2015 Admission – UC Davis Transcripts will be uploaded by the Office of the University Registrar.  UC Davis Students and Alumni will no longer need to order transcripts for their applications.**  UC Davis EXTENSION students must still request official transcripts.

5. Graduate Record Examination scores

GRE General Exam (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) required.  Submit scores to School Code 4834; Department Code 1603.

6. English Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. There is no conditional admission for applicants who have not earned a passing TOEFL/IELTS score. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given by Educational Testing Service (ETS).Their website address is
Official score reports must be sent from ETS electronically to UC Davis (our Institution Code is 4834).  The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 80 for the Internet-based test and 550 for the paper test.  Submit scores to School Code 4834; Department Code 45.  As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and administered by the British Council worldwide. Their website address is  The minimum band score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 7 on a 9-point scale.

Additional and supplemental information will not be accepted.  Please include all pertinent information in online Graduate Application.

Your application is not complete until all of the above items are received. ALL parts must be received by the deadline in order to be considered complete. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Submit transcripts to the BME Graduate Group through the following methods:

Graduate Coordinator
Biomedical Engineering
University of California
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
Graduate Coordinator
Biomedical Engineering – UC Davis
Room 2303 GBSF
451 Health Sciences Drive
Davis, CA 95616


The BMEGG Admissions Committee will review all applications submitted by the general deadline, December 15th.  Applicants admitted by February 15th will be invited to the BME Recruitment Weekend in early March.  Official notification of acceptance or denial will be made via e-mail from the Office of Graduate Studies after review of the BMEGG Admission Committee’s recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies.  Applications submitted after the December 15th general deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.

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