MBME FAQs

Application

I am interested in the program – how can I request more information?

We are excited to connect with you and share more about the program. Please submit our Request for Information Form and we'll get back to you soon!

Our staff and faculty team are available to meet with prospective students virtually (due to current COVID-related restrictions). Please contact our office at engineering@up.edu to schedule an appointment. In addition, we can arrange for students to take a campus tour and/or sit in on a course when the campus opens.

When does the program start?

Each new cohort begins in August and ends in July if summer electives are taken. Two courses may be taken over the summer session (either before or after the core program), and many students also complete their zero-credit internship during the summer. Students often use the summer before the program starts to finish outstanding prerequisites.

What is the deadline to apply for the program?

Applications are due by January 15 of each year for Fall semester enrollment (i.e., the deadline is January 15, 2022 for an August 2022 start). Admissions decisions will be made by March 1, and a $1000 deposit is due by April 15 (the deposit can be used towards tuition).

How do my letters of recommendation get submitted?

As you complete the application, you will be promoted to enter the contact information for your letter writers. Your letter writers will receive an email with instructions on how to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

What is the minimum GPA/GRE score required for acceptance?

There is no minimum GPA or GRE score - we take into account all pieces of the application, including work experience, recommendations, and the statement of goals (in addition to GPA and GRE scores). The GRE requirement is waived if your bachelor's degree was earned within the U.S.

Prerequisites

How do I know what prerequisites I still need to take?

A list of prerequisites can be found on the Admissions Requirements page. If you have any questions about which prerequisites you need to complete, please send your transcript to Shaz Vijlee, Associate Dean, for review.

I don’t have all the prerequisite courses necessary – can I still apply to the program?

Yes - we conditionally accept students who have outstanding prerequisite requirements. Final acceptance will take place after all prerequisite courses are successfully completed. Students are required to complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program in the fall.  

Do I need to take prerequisite courses at University of Portland?

Although the prerequisite courses are available at University of Portland (though not all courses are available during the summer session), students may also take prerequisites at other institutions. Not sure if the course you're planning to take counts towards a prerequisite requirement? Contact Shaz Vijlee, Associate Dean for verification of your coursework.

Curriculum & Internships

What courses are required for the program?

The program consists of 24 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of elective coursework. A zero credit internship is also required. The complete curriculum is located here.

What is the internship requirement?

All students must secure, complete, and report on a zero-credit applied internship experience. The internship must be a minimum of 110 hours of work in the biomedical field.

When should I get my internship?

Internships may be completed either during the summer, or after the program ends.

Will I get help finding my internship?

The Career Center can help connect students with potential internship locations. However, it is the student's responsibility to secure an internship that meets the requirements of the degree. Internship suitability will be approved by the graduate program director. To schedule an appointment with the Career Center, call 503.943.7201, stop by the office in Orrico Hall, or schedule an appointment online. 

I had an internship as an undergraduate – can this count towards the internship requirement?

Internships in the biomedical engineering field that were completed between the junior and senior year may be counted towards the internship requirement. Approval for prior internship experience will be considered by the graduate program director, and will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Can I complete the program while working full time?

Although this program is designed as a 1-year, cohort-based program, it is possible for students to complete the program while working. However, students in this situation will likely require more than 1 year to complete the program. In addition, BME courses are not always offered in the evenings, so students may need to be on campus during normal work hours, depending on the schedule for that semester.

Tuition

What is the cost of the program?

Please see the Tuition and Fees page for up-to-date information on graduate tuition.

What financial aid options are available?

We offer up to four competitively-awarded graduate fellowships each year. Fellowships are awarded as part of the application process, and award notifications are expected to be announced by mid-March.

Graduate students may also be eligible for graduate student loans. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.

When is tuition due?

Tuition due dates for every semester are available on the student accounts website.

Registration

How do I register for my first semester classes?

All new students will be registered for their first semester courses by staff of the Shiley School of Engineering. After the first semester, students will be issued a PIN number that will allow them to register online.