Graduate Program FAQs

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BME Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you accept applications for the spring semester? If so, what is the deadline?

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We rarely accept students for the spring term to our Ph.D. program, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for fall admission. We accept applications for the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) program for both fall and spring admission. In both semesters, admissions is done on a rolling basis. For domestic students, it is difficult to consider an application submitted later than November 15 for spring admission and June 30 for fall admission. For international students, the additional paperwork associated with a visa means that it is difficult to consider an application submitted later than October 1 for spring admission and May 1 for fall admission. For more information on the early admission process for Cornell University undergraduates interested in the M.Eng. degree, please contact Belinda Floyd, 607-255-2573.

Where should applications be sent?

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Materials should be submitted online at:

Cornell University Graduate School

Materials sent by mail should be sent to:

Cornell University
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
121A Weill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-5201
t: 607-255-2573
f: 607-255-7330
e: biomedgrad@cornell.edu

Do I need to send an official transcript?

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The official transcript is not needed unless you are admitted into one of our graduate programs. You are required to upload an unofficial transcript with your application. 

Do you accept transfer students?

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Yes. Transfer students must apply online through the Cornell University Graduate School.

What are the minimum GRE, GPA and TOEFL scores?

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There is no minimum GPA. We carefully consider your complete application including statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, past experience and outreach activities. Starting academic year 2019-2020, Cornell's graduate field of biomedical engineering will no longer require GRE scores from applicants, and will review all applications blinded for GRE scores.

It is a requirement of the graduate school that all of our international students meet each of the sections of the TOEFL requirements for admission: Writing: 20, Listening: 15, Reading: 20, and Speaking: 22.

For exemption of the TOEFL and other information please visit the Graduate School website.

How do I apply and what are the deadlines?

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Applications to the M.Eng. program are accepted on a rolling basis for both spring and fall admission. For domestic students, it is difficult to consider an application submitted later than November 1 for spring admission and June 30 for fall admission. For international students, the additional paperwork associated with a visa means that it is difficult to consider an application submitted later than October 1 for spring admission and May 1 for fall admission.

The application deadline for the Ph.D. programs is listed on the Graduate School's website.

Can I send a copy of my TOEFL scores?

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Your official scores must be submitted before a decision can be made on your application. 

Whom do I contact for more information?

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Please contact the BME Graduate Student Office at:

Cornell University
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
121A Weill Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-5201
t: 607 255-2573
f: 607 255-7330
e: biomedgrad@cornell.edu