Master of Biomedical Engineering (M-BME)

Program Highlights: 

  • Combines the study of the technical, medical, business, ethical, and entrepreneurial aspects necessary to conceive, design, and market innovative and cutting-edge healthcare products
  • Accelerated 12 month program 
  • Required experiential internship opportunity to gain first hand experience in the field 
  • Coursework includes development and marketing of a novel medical device 
  • Multi-disciplinary courses include business and ethics woven throughout the program to prepare for future management positions 

For additional program specific information, visit the Shiley School of Engineering

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Admission Requirements:

  • Biomedical Engineering Statement of Goals
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • The online application will prompt you to provide email addresses for two references.  A request will be sent directly to your references and they can upload a Word document or PDF letter.
    • Alternatively, completed letters of recommendation may be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference.
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution
      • Electronically to
      • By mail: ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203
    • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland is required 
      • International Applicants: All foreign degrees will be evaluated by International Student Services prior to an admissions decision  
    • International Applicants: Transcripts from foreign universities must follow the above guideline as well as be in English or be accompanied by an English translation certified as authentic 
  • Official Test Scores
    • International Applicants: an official score from either the TOEFL (minimum score of 80) or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam is required
    • International Applicants: Official GRE scores
      • The GRE requirement can be waived if you completed your bachelor's degree at a US institution.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, life science or a physical science 
  • Prerequisites (See Below)
  • International Applicants: Proof of financial support will be required to attend the University of Portland, but is not required for application review 

*The Biomedical Engineering program does not have specific minimum acceptance standards for GPA and GRE. All application materials are viewed in aggregate. The GPA for previously accepted students range from 2.9-3.9, and the average GPA is 3.42. 

Admission Requirements - Current UP Juniors: 

  • Statement of Goals
  • Current Resume
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution
  • Enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in engineering, mathematics, life science or a physical science
  • Prerequisites (See Below)
  • GRE score and letters of recommendation are not required, but may be submitted 


To complete the M-BME program in 12 months, the prerequisites listed below (or their equivalents) are required. Students who do not have all the prerequisites may apply to be conditionally accepted to the program. However, they cannot start with the graduate cohort until the necessary courses are completed. With approval of the Graduate Program Director, students with only one outstanding prerequisite may start the program. These prerequisites must be completed within one year of acceptance or a new application will need to be submitted for review. 

  • MATH 201 Calculus I
  • MATH 202 Calculus II
  • MATH 321 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • A Statistics Course
  • BIO 207/277 Cell Biology
  • CHM 207/277 General Chemistry I & Lab
  • PHY 204/274 General Physics I & Lab
  • A Computer Programming Course
  • EGR 211 Engineering Mechanics-Statics
  • EE 261/271 Electrical Circuits & Lab
  • EE 262 Signals and Systems

Application Timeline:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the following deadline:  

  • Application deadline: January 15th
  • Admissions decisions sent: March 1st
  • Confirmation of Attendance & Deposit deadline: April 15th (a $1000 deposit is required to hold your place in the program. The deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition.)
  • Program start: August 23rd 

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International Applicants: 

  • Please note the additional application requirements listed above in the "Admission Requirements" section
  • For additional information, visit International Student Services