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Applicant Information

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PREPARATION FOR THE PROGRAM

The program is designed primarily for students who have received four-year baccalaureate degrees in engineering or applied physics, but students from other baccalaureate degree programs may qualify for the program. The undergraduate curriculum should include courses in calculus through differential equations, inorganic chemistry, and physics, as well as in-depth training in engineering or the physical sciences. Some formal training in the biological sciences is also desirable. Students wishing to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering but who have not had substantial training in engineering or the physical sciences at the undergraduate level may be admitted to the program, but would be expected to remedy any deficiencies, usually during the summer preceding or during their first year of residency. Students for whom English is not a native language are strongly urged to come to Rochester early, in order to prepare for the first-year program.

COST TO ATTEND

Students will register for 30 credit hours over 2 semesters.  More information can be found here!
The cost per credit hour can be found at the Office of the Bursar:  https://www.rochester.edu/adminfinance/bursar/graduate.htm
In the 2017-2018 academic year, the cost was $1596/credit hour.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

No stipend support is available for MS degree candidates but partial tuition scholarships are available.  ALL STUDENTS TYPICALLY RECEIVE BETWEEN 30-50 TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS.  Scholarship levels are competitive.  Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early!

Additional Federal Student Aid is available.  More information on these loans can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans

ADMISSIONS

The deadline for completed applications and supporting material is January 1st for admission in September of the same year. There is a $60 application fee.  This fee is waived if you apply before December 1st.  No GRE Scores are required to be considered for admission into this program.

If this fee would cause financial hardship, you may submit a request for a fee waiver before you apply. The BME Department will evaluate your request to determine if you qualify for the waiver. We will review only your statement. Please do not send any confidential financial documents (including copies of tax returns, bank statements, etc.). Please forward the following information:

  • Your application number (see page 13 of the Online Application)
  • A brief statement explaining why you might qualify for a fee waiver

All foreign applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 250 for the computer-based test (CBT), 600 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 100 for the internet-based test (IBT), unless they are graduates of a U.S. undergraduate program. The institution code is 7267. Since there is no department code for Biomedical Engineering please use the following codes:

  • 45 for Biomedical Sciences 
  • 69 for Other Engineering 
  • 99 for Department Not Listed

In addition to completing Online Application and personal statement, the following materials must be uploaded to the application no later than January 1st:

  1. Three letters of recommendation (uploaded to the application per instructions)
  2. Transcripts 
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. If needed, TOEFL test scores should be uploaded to the application and official copies should be mailed to the University for verification

Other than the test scores, all documents that are uploaded do not need to be mailed to the Department. Are you interested in learning more about Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester? Let us know what questions you may have or what research area(s) interest you by filling out this simple form! We look forward to hearing from you! 

For questions about the CMTI MS degree please contact Judy Principe, CMTI Graduate Program Coordinator, at judith.principe@rochester.edu or 585.273.2353. 

 

Frequently asked questions about the program.

Application

Are GREs required to apply to the CMTI MS program?

The GRE General Test is optional.   If you plan on submitting GREs, they should be taken in time for the admissions committee to receive score results by the January 1st deadline.    Please contact us if you have further questions regarding GREs.

When taking the GREs, the institution code is 2928 and the department code is 1603.

Can I apply for financial support?

All students that apply to the CMTI MS graduate degree program in Biomedical Engineering are considered for financial support in the form of a partial tuition scholarships. No stipends are available for this program.

All students receiving competitive partial tuition scholarships are required to serve as a Teaching Assistant for courses in Biomedical Engineering. Students may either serve as a Teaching Assistant in Senior Design courses (both fall and spring) or in other courses offered through the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Federal work-study program funds, government or personal loans, or part-time employment may sometimes be used to meet expenses.  However, the CMTI graduate program is a full-time program and it is expected that students will be engaged in clinical assignments, courses, and/or workshops during regular daytime hours throughout the week.

Can I apply if I do not have a degree in engineering?

The program is designed primarily for students who have received four-year baccalaureate degrees in engineering or applied physics, but students from other baccalaureate degree programs may qualify for the program.

Your undergraduate curriculum should include courses in calculus through differential equations, inorganic chemistry, and physics, as well as in-depth training in engineering or the physical sciences.  Some formal training in the biological sciences and computer programming is also desirable.

Students wishing to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering but who have not had substantial training in engineering or the physical sciences at the undergraduate level may be admitted to the program, but would be expected to remedy any deficiencies.  Within the CMTI MS program, this usually entails taking additional courses as prerequisites, which can lengthen the duration of the program.

Can I apply if I have an engineering degree from a different discipline?

Yes!  The program is designed primarily for students who have received four-year baccalaureate degrees in engineering or applied physics.  Some formal training in the biological sciences is also desirable.  If you have not taken any coursework in biological sciences, you may be required to take an additional course as a prerequisite for courses taken to satisfy the biological sciences requirements in Biomedical Engineering.

Can I work a second job while enrolled in the program?

It is not possible to take a second job during the summer clinical experience.  The summer experience is a full-time endeavor.  You will be in the operating room/clinic 3 days a week.  In addition, you will be required to participate in workshops on the two days that you are not in the clinic.  We often do tours of local companies during the summer as well.  The workshops are designed to discuss what you’ve seen in the clinics and to use some “design and innovation tools” to strategize how to observe, what to ask clinicians, and how to do research into the literature and patents related to possible problems.  You will also be working with your design teams during the summer. 

It is not advisable to take a second job during the school year while enrolled in classes.  The CMTI offers an accelerated MS degree program which is completed within one year.  You will be enrolled in 30 credits throughout the school year.  In addition, you will be required to be a teaching assistant in one of the BME courses.

Is there an application fee for applying to the program?

If you apply by December 1st, the $60 fee will be waived!

If you apply after December 1st, you will be charged $60 when you complete your application. If this fee would cause financial hardship, you may submit a request for a fee waiver before you apply. 

The BME Department will evaluate your request to determine if you qualify for the waiver. We will review only your statement. Please do not send any confidential financial documents (including copies of tax returns, bank statements, etc.). Please forward the following information: Your application number (see page 13 of the Online Application).

 

What should I do if English is not my native language?

Students for whom English is not a native language are strongly urged to come to Rochester as early as possible, in order to prepare for the one-year program. 

All foreign applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 250 for the computer-based test (CBT), 600 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 100 for the internet-based test (IBT), unless they are graduates of a U.S. undergraduate program.

The institution code is 7267. Since there is no department code for Biomedical Engineering please use the following codes:

  • 45 for Biomedical Sciences 
  • 69 for Other Engineering 
  • 99 for Department Not Listed

 

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