Frequently asked questions

Graduate student FAQ

General admissions

What previous coursework is required to apply to the BME graduate program?

A background in any engineering or life science discipline is all that is required to apply. Please contact the academic advisor for admission requirements for other disciplines. However, those students with life science backgrounds also require successful completion of Calculus 1 and 2 and 4 (Differential Equations) and either science or mechanic based Physics classes(such as Physics 2175 and 2180). We also accept Physics 2130 and 2140; and 2170 and 2180. Students must have received a B- or better grade on all of the prerequisite class work.All life science students must enroll in the Introductory Engineering courses offered by the BME department as determined by the graduate advisor. The introductory engineering courses are BME 5005 for students with an Engineering undergraduate degree and BME 5040 for students with a life science undergraduate degree.

  • BME 5005 - Introductory to Cell Biology/Physiology for Engineers
  • BME 5040 - Fundamentals of Engineering Analysis

What materials are required to apply for the M.S. program if I am a U.S. resident or citizen?

Complete the graduate admissions application online at gradapply.wayne.edu, official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school, personal statement, GRE scores (optional; recommended for those students applying for fellowships or assistantships).

What materials are required to apply for the Ph.D. program if I am a U.S. resident or citizen?

Complete graduate admissions application online at gradapply.wayne.edu, official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school, personal statement, GRE scores, and three recommendation letters (recommended for those seeking financial assistance).

What materials are required to apply for the M.S. program if I am an international student?

Complete graduate admissions application online at gradapply.wayne.edu, official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school, personal statement, GRE (optional; recommended for those students applying for fellowships or assistantships), TOEFL scores (valid for 2 years), and financial documents.

What materials are required to apply for the Ph.D. program if I am an international student?

Complete graduate admissions application online at gradapply.wayne.edu, official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school, personal statement, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, financial documents, assistantship and fellowship form with three recommendation letters (recommended for those seeking financial assistance).

My transcripts are not in English, is that OK?

No. Your official transcripts in your native language and in English, as well as your degree certificate in your native language and English are required. 

What is the tuition rate for both resident (domestic and some Ontario residents) and non-resident (international) students?

Please visit this link for the most up-to-date information on tuition rates:
reg.wayne.edu/students/tuition_and_fee_charts.php

Is there a minimum GPA required?

For M.S. applicants a 3.0 GPA or equivalent is required. Applications with less than 3.0 GPA, up to 2.7 GPA, will be considered on a case by case basis.

For Ph.D. applicants, a GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 in the applicant’s bachelor’s degree or a GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 in the applicant’s master’s degree is required. Current M.S. students in the WSU BME program must have: (1) at least 12 earned credits in the BME courses, (2) a GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 in the BME courses, and (3) an approved faculty member who agrees to be the student’s PhD advisor..

Do I need to provide GRE scores?

For MSMBE application, you need to provide the score if your degree is not from an ABET accredited university or if you are requesting financial assistance. GRE scores are required for Ph.D. BME applications.

Is there a rolling admission policy?

Yes, we assess each application as it is received. Admission can be granted for Fall(September), Winter(January) and Spring/Summer(May).

When is the deadline for applications for U.S. residents?

For Fall semester the deadline is July 1.
For Winter semester the deadline is November 1.
For Spring/Summer semester the deadline is March 15.

When is the deadline for applications for non-U.S. residents?

The deadlines for International students are one month prior those for U.S. residents so the student has enough time for their I20 to be processed. The deadlines are as follow: June 1 for Fall, October 1 for Winter, and February 1 for Spring/Summer.

Where should I send my application?

Please apply online at gradapply.wayne.edu.

Send all application material including transcripts and letters of recommendation to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Tel: (+1) 313-577-3577

If you have already sent your application to Admission Office, it may be a few weeks before you receive it, so please be patient.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

The College of Engineering reviews completed applications on a rolling basis. When an applicant undergoes the first review, they are admitted, placed on hold for further review, or denied. When an applicant is admitted or denied they will receive notification by email from the department.


Newly admitted students

When will I receive my I-20 if I am an international student?

Once the department graduate office has made the admission decision, the graduate admissions office will verify the authenticity of your documents and your file will be sent to the OISS (Office of International Students) to have your I-20  processed. This process can take up to several weeks before your application is completely processed and the I-20 is sent. If you are anxious to know your status, feel free to email the OISS. (Please check this website for your status.)

When can I register for classes?

You may register for classes at anytime once you receive your access ID and password via the Internet at academica.aws.wayne.edu. However, we suggest new students wait to register until they have attended the orientation session or met with an advisor in advance. New Student Orientation is only conducted once a year in August. All incoming Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall students with be invited to the Orientation.

Do I need to purchase health insurance through Wayne State University if I am an international student?

Yes, it is advisable to purchase the Health Insurance through Wayne State University. However, you can purchase the health insurance elsewhere, if the insurance coverage is as mentioned here.

How can I defer my admission to next semester?

Admission is for specific term only. If you do not enroll during the term which you were admitted, you must re-apply.

Graduate re-application

In order to re-apply, submit a new online application for the appropriate term and program. We will use any supporting documents that were submitted with the original application, if less than one year old, to process your application, where available and applicable. Please note: There may be further admission requirements for you to fulfill based on your new program of choice.

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Non-degree students

Do I need to go through the normal application process if I only wish to take a few classes in the BME department, but am not pursuing a BME degree?

No, students may file a Permit to Register in order to register for one semester of courses without being admitted to the program. These permits can be used in two cases:

  1. Students who want to take one semester of courses but not apply them toward a degree
  2. Students who wish to apply for the program but are too late to secure regular admission Permit to Register applications can be processed quickly)

A Permit to Register does not require students to provide official transcripts. It can be approved based on transcript copies, but does require the signer to attest to the fact that the applicant has completed an undergraduate degree. Approving a Permit to Register does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the graduate program if they subsequently submit an application, nor that the classes chosen will be applied towards a degree. A Permit to Register must be accompanied by a check for $50.

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