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Graduate Admissions: International Students

Admissions Information and Criteria

Applications to the BME Graduate Programs are reviewed by an admissions committee. In their review of applications, the committee initially screens materials on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a related science or engineering program in an accredited college or university. The degree must have been granted prior to the date on which you intend to enter the UNM graduate program.
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).
  3. A total combined GRE score of 1100 on the old scale (250 on the new GRE scale; see for conversion); and
  4. Basic courses in physics, math, biology, and chemistry.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be encouraged to apply to UNM as a Non-Degree Status Student (to take leveling courses, improve their GPA, etc.).

Application Process

Our online application will allow you to upload all your necessary documents for application to the program of your interest. Within the application, make sure to click the Application Instructions to see program specific requirements. Below is a checklist of items to complete:

  • UNM Application
  • A check or money order for the application fee, made out to The University of New Mexico. The application fee may be paid with a major credit card if you are applying online. Click here to pay online.
  • If the applicant uploads their transcript to the graduate online application only one official transcript needs to be sent to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
  • A letter of intent stating your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your research interests, your career objectives, general information on your technical and scientific experience, as well as a detailed explanation of special circumstances that might affect your admission. The letter of intent should state whether you desire financial aid in the form of a research or teaching assistantship.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Uploaded to the pre-admission form or sent to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program using our Letter of Recommendation Form. These letters should be professional (as opposed to personal or character) references, such as from colleagues, supervisors, or former instructors.
  • For International students, have TOEFL scores sent to UNM (UNM TOEFL code is 4845) and include a signed Certificate of Financial Responsibility. Please Note: After admission, the I-20 will not be issued until the Office of International Admissions receives your Certificate of Financial Responsibility and a $50 non-refundable Application Fee.

GRE Scores

The BME Graduate Program requires GRE scores as well as TOEFL or IELTS scores, to be submitted as part of the application. The GRE Institution Code is: 4845.


Although each application is reviewed individually, it is expected that the applicant will have maintained a 3.0 or better average in the last two years (or the last 65 semester credit hours, if on a part-time basis) of study and in his or her major field. This is a graduate school requirement that can be waived in extenuating circumstances, particularly for returning students. Grades in technical disciplines, particularly mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering, are considered especially important, as are language skills; also, recent grades are weighed more heavily than older ones. Industrial experience with favorable recommendations will be well received.


Fall SemesterPriority for admission and consideration for financial aid will be given to applications received by January 15. International applications will be accepted until May 1.
Spring SemesterPriority for admission and consideration for financial aid will be given to applications received by August 1. International applications will be accepted until October 1.