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INFORMATION ABOUT APPLING TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Apply to the Biological Engineering graduate program through the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies

Acceptance dead-lines for both International and Domestice Students.

Fall Graduate Student Acceptance Timeline

Description

Domestic Applicants Due Date

International Applicants Due Date

Student must submit complete application to USU School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

March 15

Feb 15

SGS must have student application folders complete (all documents posted to the student folder in shared drive)*

March 31

Feb 28

BE Faculty finalizes accept/deny decisions

May 31

March 31

Deadline for students to accept/decline offers

June 30

April 30

SGS generates I-20

n/a

May 15

Spring Graduate Student Acceptance Timeline

Description

Domestic Applicants Due Date

International Applicants Due Date

Student must submit complete application to USU School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

July 15

June 15

SGS must have student application folders complete (all documents posted to the student folder in shared drive)*

July 31

June 30

BE Faculty finalizes accept/deny decisions

Sept 30

July 31

Deadline for students to accept/decline offers

Oct 31

August 31

SGS generates I-20

n/a

Sept 15

Minimum Requirements for Consideration

In order to be admitted to a graduate degree program at Utah State University, you must meet these minimum requirements*:

  • Have the requisite degree for your intended program by the time you are matriculated.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • The Graduate School requires a 40% or better on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. As an engineer, the BE Department requires a much higher score (75% minimum) on the quantitative section
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Language Requirements

International applicants who have not obtained a university degree in an English-speaking country must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and have the score sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the testing service. USU does not offer conditional acceptance. If an international applicant has a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL is not required. Click here to see a list of English-speaking countries.

TOEFL

  • A score of 79 or higher is required on the Internet-based test and a 550 on the paper-based test.
  • Departments may require a higher score.
  • Scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted.

IELTS

  • A score of 6.0 (and a minimum score of 5 on each subscale) is required.
  • Departments may require a higher score.

PTE Academic

  • A minimum score of 53 is required.

An applicant who is admitted with a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score below the required minimum, and who has not obtained a degree in an English-speaking country, must take the English Language Placement Test given by the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at USU.
 

Degree Requirements

A 4-year bachelor's degree is typically required for admission to Utah State's graduate programs.

However, if you've obtained a 3-year bachelor's degree, you may still be able to apply. With additional credentials outlined in the Bologna Agreement, Utah State may consider your degree sufficient to meet our requirements. If the School of Graduate Studies determines that courses taken for the 3-year degree are insufficient, you may be admitted but required to take additional coursework. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies directly to make sure you meet all requirements.

Funding Requirements

International students are required to verify that they have adequate funding available for graduate studies before they can apply for a student visa. It is recommended that a student bring enough money to pay the expenses for at least the first academic year. After arrival, a checking account can be opened so various expenses can be paid conveniently and safely.

International students must also submit an I-20 application form and a financial guarantee. Because of immigration regulations, international students cannot be admitted to provisional matriculation.

International students who are sponsored by a third party are required to have their sponsor complete an Affidavit of Support form.

Students who do not have a B.S. degree in an accredited engineering discipline but who want a BE graduate engineering degree, either M.S. or Ph.D., must take the make-up courses, or their equivalents, in addition to the coursework for the specific graduate engineering degree.  The make-up courses are intended to build an adequate foundation in basic fundamental and relevant engineering skills.  The make-up courses will help the students prepare to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination if desired but not required.  A candidate for the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering must take the make-up courses (decided by the graduate committee) or their full equivalent.  The make-up courses will be documented on the student's Program of Study, in addition to all of the graduate coursework required for the M.S. or Ph.D degrees.  Equivalent courses taken at other universities or through approved distance education or on-line formats can be substituted, upon the approval of the student graduate committee and the Department Head of Biological Engineering. Funding for tuition or stipend associated in fulfilling the make-up courses will be mutually agreed between the major advisor and the student. The Biological Engineering Department will not provide tuition awards for the fulfillment of make-up courses.

A student who does not have a B.S. degree in an accredited engineering discipline can elect to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination, General Exam, at their own expense, and successfully pass the exam in lieu of taking the make-up courses.

For more information about make-up courses check the Graduate Program Requirements page found here.