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Admissions FAQ

Applications are due January 10th 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 January 10th 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. For more information, please visit our Open House site

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



36 hours of coursework and 18 hours of thesis research.

Courses include 12 hours of Core Curriculum, 5 additional elective courses, and several other learning activities. Review specific degree course requirements in our General Bulletin as well as details of university-level academic requirements for all doctoral degrees

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve is one of the few programs in the nation that hosts multiple federal training grants for doctoral students in biomedical engineering. Our department is home to three NIH T32 grants and one grant from the Department of Education Graduate Fellowships in Areas of National Need (GAANNs).




Master of Science Thesis Option

18 hours (6 courses) and 9 hour thesis (EBME651)
21 hours (7 courses) and 6 hours (EBME651)
Requirement for completion: 27 hours and thesis defense
More information here

Master of Science – Non-Thesis Options

27 hours of course work (Course Only Option) - Available for distance learning students
24 hours of course work and 3 hours of Project (EBME601) (Project Option)
Requirement for Completion: 27 hours and comprehensive examination
More information here



Available to students attending either school of medicine: CCLM or CWRU
6 hours Life science courses (medical school curriculum)
12 hours (4 courses in biomedical engineering)
9 hours of thesis research (EBME 651)
More information here


Master of Science in "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 at CWRU, and takes advantage of the large pool of expertise in Biotechnology on the campus of CWRU. It combines aspects of bioengineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, bioregulatory affairs, with ethics and experimental design. The program will require students to take a minimum of 27 credits including a design project.

Prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering Degree or equivalent or consent of program director

Special Features:
• Eight courses plus 4-hours of project
• Portions available through Distance Learning
• Flexible program to accommodate professionals schedule
• Lock-Step Program. Duration 1 year: August  to August
• Projects can be done within the place of work

More information here

On-line Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

BME MSc degrees can be on-line from anywhere in the Unites States

Prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering Degree or equivalent or consent of program director

Special Features:
• Core courses in instrumentation, signal processing and physiology
• Engineering core courses in statistics and entrepreneurship
• Translational courses and Biodesign courses
• Program is offered all year round
• Specialization in Neural Engineering or Biomaterial or Biomedical Imaging

More information here

Certificate and Master of Science in "Wireless Health (On-line)"

This course-only (i.e., no thesis required) Master of Science (MSc) degree in biomedical engineering offers a rich set of experiential courses, which together provide a solid grounding in fundamentals and a custom tailoring of breadth/depth of study in wireless health. Students who complete this 9 course, 27 credit program will have the requisite knowledge to enter and advance the wireless health industry.

Prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering Degree or equivalent or consent of program director

Special Features:
• Online course entirely available through Distance Learning
• Nine course (3 credit-hour each) are required
• Six core courses and three elective courses to be chosen from an approved list
• Certificate in wireless health is available with three-course subset
• Certificate in Health Information Technology (9 credits)
• Certificate in Wireless Health Products

More information here



BS-MS Thesis Option

Available to BME Undergraduate students 
18 hours (6 courses) and 9-hour Master’s thesis (EBME651)
Requirement for completion: 27 hours and thesis defense

Students can double count three classes (must be at the graduate level)
More information here


BS-MS Non-Thesis Option

Available to all BME Undergraduate students

1)   BS-MS Course Only Option  

27 hours of course work and comprehensive examination
Students can double-count three classes (must be at the graduate level)

2)   BS-MS Project Option

24 hours of course work and 3 hours of project (EBME601)
Students Can double-count 3 classes (must be at the graduate level)

3)   BS-MS Practice Oriented Option

 18 hours in engineering (5 courses and a capstone project)                 
  • EPOM 400: Engineering Professionalism
  • EPOM 401: Introduction to Business for Engineers
  • EPOM 403: Product and Process Design
  • EPOM 405: Applied Engineering Statistics (can be double-counted)
  • EPOM 407: Engineering Economics and Financial Analysis
  • EPOM 409: Master of Engineering Capstone Project 9 hours (3 BME technical Courses)
 27 hrs and a comprehensive examination
 Students can double-count three courses (only one at the undergraduate level)



Date: 8/8/2017                                       Contact: Dominique Durand  |


Graduate Admissions

For Case BME Recruiting Brochure, click here.

Application Date:

The application deadline for the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering is January 10th. 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 January 3rd.

For more information, please visit our Open House site.


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.