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The BME Open House is a 3-day event designed to introduce applicants to our graduate program and the research opportunities through a schedule of tours, presentations, and interviews.

Admissions FAQ

Applications are due July 31st for admission in the Fall.  On very rare occasion students are admitted outside this cycle.  Such students should first identify an interested lab/professor.

1. When are the deadlines for applications to be submitted?

Applications are due July 31st for admission in the Fall.  On very rare occasion students are admitted outside this cycle.  Such students should first identify an interested lab/professor.

2. What are the GRE and TOEFL codes for Biomedical Engineering?

CASE institution code: 1105
GRE department code: 1603
TOEFL department code: 69

3. Do I have to take the TOEFL if I have taken it previously?

No. TOEFL is required from an international student who is not native English speaker, unless a graduate from a U.S. university.

4. What is the average GPA expected of BME applicants?

Typical GPA is greater than 3.5/4.0, but the the students from highly competitive universities may have a lower GPA.

5. If a student has credit for MATH 121 and/or MATH 122, should s/he proceed to the next calculus course or is it acceptable for him/her to delay resuming calculus if s/he so desires?

Student should continue with the next calculus course. If a student starts in an advanced math course and finds it too difficult, then the student should switch to a lower level course within the drop-add period.

6. What are the average GRE scores of BME applicants?

Typical quantitative percentile is above 80%.

7. How can I set up a campus visit for graduate study in BME?

Based on complete applications that are highly rated, students will be invited to campus for a weekend at the end of February or Early March with most expenses paid. Students are not encouraged to come to campus for a visit unless a faculty member is willing to meet with the student. 

8. What mathematics is required for graduate study in BME?

The minimal level is four semesters calculus with differential equations. Most students will have mathematical applications in engineering at a higher level.



Graduate Programs

The objective of the graduate program in biomedical engineering is to educate biomedical engineers for careers in industry, academia, health care, and government and to advance research in biomedical engineering. The department provides a learning environment that encourages students to apply biomedical engineering methods to advance basic scientific discovery; integrate knowledge across the spectrum from basic cellular and molecular biology through tissue, organ, and whole-body physiology and pathophysiology; and to exploit this knowledge to design diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that improve human health. The unique and rich medical, science, and engineering environment at Case enables research projects ranging from basic science through engineering design and clinical application.

Numerous fellowships and research assistantships are available to support graduate students in their studies.



Master of Science in Engineering 
Provides breadth in biomedical engineering and biomedical sciences with depth in an engineering specialty. In addition, students are expected to develop the ability to work independently on a biomedical research or design project. Students can choose either thesis focused, project focused or course only (see details of the BME requirements here).  

Master of Science in Engineering with Specialization
Translational Health Technology
This Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering is designed to develop expertise in translating biomedical ideas into clinical implementation. This degree can be completed in one year for full-time students.  It is offered by the Biomedical Engineering department in the Case School of Engineering and takes advantage of the large pool of expertise in Biotechnology on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.  It combines aspects of bioengineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, and bioregulatory affairs with ethics and experimental design. Click here for more information.

Master's in Biomedical Engineering Online
Our online program is designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the field with core courses in the instrumentation and analysis fundamentals as well as physiology, and specialty courses in imaging, neural engineering and biomaterials. The degree will also provide significant depth in translational skills with courses in regulatory aspects of health technology, biodesign, engineering management and team projects. Click here for more information.

BS/MS Program
The integrated BS/MS program is intended for highly motivated and qualified undergraduate students who wish to pursue an advanced degree. Click here for more information.

MD/MS Program
The MD/MS program is available to qualified medical students from the Case School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Students in this program receive some credit for their medical school studies in completing the MS degree.

PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering
A student's overall Program of Study must clearly demonstrate adequate depth in a field of biomedical engineering relevant to the student's research area. 

MD/PhD Programs
Students with outstanding qualifications may apply to either of two MD/PhD programs. Students interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD, with an emphasis on basic research in biomedical engineering, are strongly encouraged to explore the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), administered by the School of Medicine. The MD/PhD programs require approximately 7-8 years of intensive study after the BS.  Interested students should apply through the MSTP office in the Medical School.


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Graduate Admissions

For Case BME Recruiting Brochure, click here.

Application Date:

The application deadline for the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering is May 31st to be consider for the Fall 2021 semester. To be considered for the Open House, you should apply by December 15 (see below). It is best to start the application process early (i.e. September). Apply online by visiting the Case School of Graduate Studies (see timeline below). On very rare occasions students are admitted outside of this cycle.  Students interested in admission outside of this cycle should first identify an interested professor/lab before applying.

Open House Dates:

Each year, select students are invited to an open house in February/March where they can learn about the department, meet faculty members and students, tour the department and adjacent medical facilities, and be interviewed by faculty members. Attendance is by invitation only and requires a completed application to be submitted to the Department of Biomedical Engineering by December 15.


Notice of admission will be on a rolling basis with the process closing on April 15.

Graduate Requirements

Students admitted to our BME graduate education program typically have a B.S. or M.S. in engineering, natural sciences, or mathematical sciences. A minimal mathematical background includes calculus through differential equations. A minimal science and engineering background includes a combined total of three years of physical, chemical, and engineering sciences. Undergraduate course grades should average higher than a B or undergraduate class ranking should be in the top 20 percent. In previous graduate studies, course grades should average at least a B+. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Quantitative score should be at least in the 80th percentile or higher. For students whose first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for unconditional admission. Applicants for research assistantships will be chosen based on their excellent credentials, backgrounds, and interests in relation to funded research projects of faculty.

Financial aid for first year students is limited to those with excellent academic records and very strong recommendations. Typically, applicants for fellowships without specific research constraints will be chosen from among those with at least a B+ undergraduate course grade average, undergraduate class ranking in the top 10%, and with a GRE Quantitative score in the 90th percentile or higher. Applicants for research assistantships will be chosen based on their excellent credentials, background and interests in relation to funded research projects of faculty. No teaching assistantships are available.

Our Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions list provides additional details regarding our graduate admissions.

Application Procedure

Step 1.  Apply to the Case School of Graduate Studies. Information on how to apply can be found at the above link, as well as instructions and additional information for prospective graduate students.
Step 2. Please direct inquires about the application procedure to:

BME Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (216)-368-4094


Research thrusts

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Building Better Materials for Better Therapies

Biomedical Imaging
Detecting Life at the Cellular and Molecular Levels

Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation
Stimulating the Future of Medicine

Big Data Analytics & Health Informatics
Health informatics is a rapidly emerging that applies computer
and information science to health sciences research, education, and patient care.

Metabolomics & Systems Biology
In addition, the research interests of our primary and associate faculty
include an extensive array of research programs involving, Cardiovascular Systems, Cardiac Bioelectricity, Biomechanical Systems, Biomedical Sensors, and Metabolic Systems.