Prospective Graduate Students


The Bioengineering graduate program at UC San Diego is one of the top in the country and actively seeks the brightest students. This section contains information about the requirements and procedures for applying to the Bioengineering program. Please look over it carefully, as it may answer many of your questions.

Note: per university policy, generally “duplication of advanced academic degrees—MA, MS, PhD—is not permitted. A duplicate academic degree is one at the same level (e.g., a second master’s degree or second PhD), regardless of the discipline or the specialization awarding the degree. A professional degree at the master’s or doctoral level(e.g., AuD, DMA, EdD, MAS, MBA, MCEPA, MEd, MEng, MF, MFA, MIA, MPAc, MPP, MD, PharmD) is not regarded as a duplicate of an academic degree.” Please keep this in mind when considering an application to any of the Bioengineering programs. 

If you do have questions, please reach out to an advisor via email at In your email please include which graduate degree program(s) you are interested in so advisors can better assist you.


The application deadline for all Bioengineering graduate degree programs for Fall 2024 has passed. We are not accepting any additional applications. 

The application for Fall 2025 will be made available beginning in early September 2024. Please check this page again at that time for more information about the Fall 2025 application.


NOTE: Effective Fall 2022 and thereafter the GRE is no longer required for admission, and we do not recommend submitting scores.

Statement of Purpose


  • Submit via the online application
  • Limit of 1200 words (approximately 2 pages)

A helpful guide to get started is available on the website of the Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) at


Three Letters of Recommendation


  • Submit via the online application directly by the recommender. Further instructions on how recommenders upload letters are available in the application.
  • Letters can be submitted via Interfolio.
  • Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and/ or professional competencies and to the depth of your interest in pursuing graduate study. Letters can come from faculty, instructors, and/ or professional supervisors. Letters should not come from family members or other students, including graduate students.
  • Applications may be submitted before all letters are received, but the letters are still due by the same deadline as the application since the Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications as soon as the deadline has passed.


For International Applicants Only: Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores 


  • Request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send official scores to UC San Diego Institutional Code 4836. A department code is not needed.
  • We require applicants to have a minimum overall TOEFL score of 85 with a minimum speaking score of 23 or higher. For IELTS, applicants must have a minimum overall band score and speaking score of 7.0 or higher
  • Information about exceptions to the English Language Proficiency Requirement can be found on the GEPA website here.


Official Transcripts of Prior Institutions Attended 


  • Applicants may upload transcripts directly to the online application for initial review. Please view the uploaded transcripts for clarity. Illegible transcripts will disqualify an application from review. 
  • Do not send official transcripts until requested to do so. If admitted, applicants will be given instructions on how to submit official transcripts from all prior institutions.


Application Fee Waiver


Please see the GEPA website here for information about possible application fee waivers. At this time, these are the only fee waiver options available.



More detailed information about financial support can be found on our Financial Support page.



The Department supports most full-time Ph.D. students. Financial support is available in the form of fellowships, traineeships, and research assistantships (GSRs). Sources of funding include university fellowships and traineeships from National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants. Awarding of financial support is competitive, and includes a stipend in accordance with requirements outlined in the UCOP-UAW Collective Bargaining Agreement for Graduate Student Reseachers for the academic year in addition to the coverage of tuition, fees, and health insurance. 


U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents


U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must establish California Residency by the start of the second year as Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) will only be paid in the first year. More information about establishing California Residency for tuition purposes can be found on the Registrars’ Office website at

This does not apply to international students.  


M.S or M.Eng.


The Department does not offer financial support to students at the M.S. or M.Eng. level. Masters students are encouraged to seek information on how to fund their education from the sources listed in the “Financial Support Links” section below. 


Financial Support Links


UC San Diego Student Financial Services

UC San Diego Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

UC San Diego Career Services Center


For further information, please contact us at or call (858) 822-1604.

Our office is located at:

University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering Graduate Student Affairs, 9500 Gilman Drive - MC 0419, La Jolla, CA 92093-0419