I am interested in the program – can I come to campus and learn more about it?

Of course! The graduate program counselor and our faculty team is available to meet with prospective students. Please contact Lindsay Chelton, program counselor, to schedule an appointment. In addition, we can make arrangements for students to take a campus tour and/or sit in on a course.

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?

Current University of Portland juniors must apply by January 15 of the junior year. Conditional acceptance decisions will be made by March 15 of the junior year, and a $1000 deposit is due by August 1 prior to senior year to confirm a spot in the program (the deposit can be used towards summer tuition).

Current University of Portland seniors, non-UP students, and professionals must apply by January 15 prior to the intended start date (ie January 15, 2019 for a June 2019 start). Admissions decisions will be made by March 1, and a $1000 deposit is due by April 15 (the deposit can be used towards summer tuition).

How do my letters of recommendation get submitted?

Contact the Graduate School.

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). 


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 Lindsay Chelton, program counselor, 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 encouraged to complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program in August, but may be able to complete prerequisite courses over the summer and begin 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 us 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.

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, and we host a networking session for our students in Fall. 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.


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 assistantships each year, which are worth 50% of the tuition cost. Graduate assistants will be assigned to work 20 hours a week with a faculty member. Assistantships are awarded as part of the application process.

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.


How do I register for my first semester classes?

All new students will be registered for their first semester courses by the graduate program counselor. After the first semester, students will be issued a PIN number that will allow them to register online. Online registration for courses is done through self-serve (accessed through pilots.up.edu).