Graduate Admissions

Full details of graduate admission procedures and requirements can be found here:

Applications for admission with financial aid are due in December for the fall semester in the next academic year. All applications must be submitted by mid-February for the fall semester and by the beginning of October for the spring semester. (See link above for specific dates)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree (M.S.), the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.), and the Doctor of Engineering Science degree (Eng.Sc.D.). We also offer the Ph.D. component of the M.D./Ph.D. program in collaboration with Columbia University Medical School. Applicants who already have a Master of Science degree or equivalent may apply directly to the doctoral degree program. All applicants are expected to have earned the bachelor’s degree in engineering or in a cognate scientific program.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test only) is required of all applicants.

Students whose bachelor’s degree was not earned in a country where English is the dominant spoken language:

  1. Are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  2. Are required to take Columbia’s American Language Program (ALP) English Placement Test (EPT) at orientation upon arrival.
    M.S. candidates must reach level 8 on the EPT. Doctoral degree candidates must attain level 10. It is strongly recommended the students enroll in an appropriate ALP course if they have not achieved the required proficiency after the first examination. See for details.

Individual tracks require applicants to have taken the following foundation courses:

Biomechanics: One year of biology and/or physiology, solid mechanics, statics and dynamics, fluid mechanics, ordinary differential equations.

Cellular and Tissue Engineering: One year of organic chemistry or biochemistry with laboratory. One year of biology and/or physiology, fluid mechanics, rate processes, ordinary differential equations.

Biomedical Imaging: Linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis, digital signal processing, and one year of biology and/ or physiology and/or biochemistry.

Applicants lacking some of these courses may be considered for admission with stipulated deficiencies that must be satisfied in addition to the requirements of the degree program.

The Engineering School does not admit students holding the B.S. degree directly to doctoral studies; admission is offered either to the M.S. program or to the M.S. program/doctoral track. Admissions standards for the latter category are generally higher than for the former.

Applicants holding an appropriate M.S. degree from another institution may apply directly to the doctoral program. The Department of Biomedical Engineering also admits students into the 4-2 program, which provides the opportunity for students holding a bachelor’s degree from certain physical sciences to receive the M.S. degree after two years of study at Columbia.

For comprehensive details about the application process see

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