FAQs

What degrees in Bioengineering does the University of Kansas offer?

We offer both a Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioengineering. The MS degree is not required for entrance into our PhD program.

Is entrance into your graduate program competitive?

Yes. We only expect to admit highly accomplished undergraduate students, with undergraduate research experience, and research interests that fit our research program strengths.

Are Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships available?

Yes, but all are highly competitive.  Funding is available to both PhD and MS students. 

How much is the application fee? 

As of Fall 2015, the fee for application to KU Graduate School is $65 (online domestic), $85 (online international).

How many years are required to finish your graduate program?

We anticipate our MS and PhD students to finish in approximately two and four years, respectively. This will vary depending on the student’s background and motivation.

Is a “coursework only” MS degree in bioengineering available?

No.  The MS in Bioengineering requires a thesis.

What should be my undergraduate major? 

Students interested in pursuing a bioengineering graduate degree should have a bachelor’s degree or masters degree in engineering, the biological sciences, physical sciences, or a related field.

Does your program offer a bachelor's in Bioengineering? 

There are two undergraduate degrees, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, which offer concentrations in bioengineering. We do not currently offer a BS in Bioengineering.

How many graduate students do you accept each year? 

We do not have a target number for how many students we accept each year. We are looking to accept highly qualified and motivated students ready for graduate studies in bioengineering.

How many out-of-state students do you accept? 

We expect the actual number to vary from year to year. We plan on a healthy mix of domestic and international students as reflected by our applicant pool.

When do classes begin?

Our semesters follow the calendar established by the University of Kansas. The Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters generally begin in the third week of August, the third week of January, and the first week of June, respectively.

Do you require or recommend that the prerequisite courses and/or bachelor's degree be completed at the University of Kansas?

The prerequisite courses and bachelor’s degree may be completed at any accredited college or university.

What GPA is required?

The University of Kansas has a required GPA of 3.0 or higher for all graduate students.  We require a GPA of 3.5 or above for our PhD applicants.

What parts of the GRE do I have to take?

We only require the general test.

What score does your program require for the GRE?

We do not require a specific score on any section of the GRE but would prefer applicants above 50% in all categories.

Where can I get more information about taking the GRE?

Please visit the Educational Testing Service website.

Where are the classes conducted? At KU-Medical Center or in Lawrence?

Courses are offered on both campuses but the larger portion are offered at the Lawrence campus. Some courses may be broadcasted across campuses.

Where are Faculty Advisors located?

Faculty advisors are distributed across the two campuses. The student will choose from the faculty advisors who have expressed an interest in accepting the student.

How do I select a track for study?

We advise students to research the available tracks of study, including talking to the faculty advisors and graduate students in the track of interest. Information is available on our website regarding our tracks of study.

Is the TOEFL required for all international students applying for admissions into your Graduate program?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for any international student who applies for acceptance into our program. Additionally, the Test of Spoken English (TSE) may be required. Please see KU English Language Requirements for more details.


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