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Application Deadlines

MS/PhD Applications:

Spring 2024: October 1, 2023

Fall 2024: December 1, 2023


MEng Applications (International applications should be submitted about 3 months prior to requested start semester to allow enough time for application review and documentation processing):

Fall 2023: May 1, 2024

Spring 2024: October 1, 2023


We appreciate your interest in our program. For full consideration, please make sure that your application and all materials are submitted by the deadline. Test scores and letters of reference received after the deadline could still be considered if they arrive within one week, but every effort should be made to ensure all are submitted by the deadline.

PRO TIP  It is helpful to advance to the section of the application where you input the names and e-mails of 3 recommenders and save your application while you are working on your Resume and Statement of Purpose. Doing so will give your recommenders more time to submit their materials. Paper applications are no longer accepted.


Documents Required For M.S. and Ph.D. Applicants

NOTE:  As of the spring 2021 application cycle, we no longer require GRE Scores as part of our application.

Please refrain from submitting scores as additional documents.  They will be removed in an effort to keep every application consistent. Because we no longer require the Graduate Record Exam, as part of the application we require that you answer one question which is intended to allow you to demonstrate your reasoning and writing in the context of medical research.

1.   Official Transcripts

One official transcript from each degree granting institution that the student has attended is REQUIRED for admission.  If courses from another university or junior college appear on the degree granting institution’s transcript, we do not need transcripts from the other university or junior college.  A scanned copy of the official transcript IS acceptable but it MUST be an official copy.  Printouts from student portals or websites will NOT be accepted.  A final degree conferred transcript sent directly from the degree granting university will be required before the second semester of enrollment should the applicant be admitted and enroll in a program at KU.

2. Letters of Recommendation

Request 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and research preparedness.  Obtain the correct e-mail addresses of your recommenders and explain that he/she will be sent an e-mailed request with instructions on how to complete the required Recommendation Form and how to upload their letter to your application electronically.  Please request your letters be submitted on letterhead.  

3. A Statement of Your Academic Objectives 

Your statement is a very important part of your application. Please write a 1-2 page essay describing your academic and career objectives as they relate to bioengineering.  It should indicate how and why you have decided to pursue graduate studies in your chosen field. Please discuss the particular areas of focus within the track(s) you wish to study and why you feel KU specifically is a good fit for your particular interests and goals. If you are interested in the research of particular KU faculty members, please discuss it. You may also include relevant information about your academic background, research experience, leadership skills, related work and/or volunteer experiences that you feel have prepared you for graduate study.  This statement of objectives will be read and used by faculty in the track to evaluate your academic, research and leadership potential as well as to select graduate teaching and/or research assistants. It also plays a role in determining scholarship/fellowship nominations. Please make sure that it is of high quality and demonstrates your readiness for graduate level study and research at KU.

4.   Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume 

5.  English Proficiency Scores (if English is NOT your native language)

TOEFL, iBT (or IELTS) Scores (sent to us directly from the testing agency)

      The institution code for the University of Kansas is 6871.

      The program/department code is 1603.

      The department code is 69 for iBT.


  1. For REGULAR admission:  All section scores must be at least 20 on the internet-based and computer based TOEFL, or at least 53 on the paper based test.
  2. Admittance will NOT be granted if you do not meet the above standard of English Proficiency.  Due to a change in policy, we are no longer able to issue an I-20 for these instances. 
  3. To qualify for a GTA offer, you must score at least a 24 on the SPEAKING portion of the iBT OR an 8 on the IELTS.  If not, you must score a 50 on the SPEAK test (administered at KU after you arrive).

For more information regarding English Proficiency Requirements, see KU's English-Requirements page for more details.

6.   Statement of Financial Support (International Applicants Only)

Obtain the proper Financial Documentation. Scan the document and save it as a pdf file. KEEP THE PAPER COPIES. Be prepared to send the paper copies to the program office at the address below if requested!  Although the financial statement is not required for making admission decisions, the U.S. Department of State mandates that evidence of financial resources, such as an official bank statement, be provided in order to issue an I-20 and student visa. It should have the name of the student on the account, not the parent’s name or any other name. See the KUGraduateAdmissionsPage for more details.


Mailing Address

Bioengineering Program

1536 West 15th Street

LEEP2 1415
Lawrence, KS 66045-7621


For questions about the application process, please check our Frequently Asked Questions section. 

If your questions are not answered there, please contact

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