Graduate Admissions FAQs: The Application
How do I apply?
Fill out the Biological Engineering online application. The application is open from September 15th – December 15th.
What are the application requirements?
When is the application deadline?
The Biological Engineering Department must receive all application materials no later than December 15th for September matriculation.
May I use MIT's graduate application?
No. The Biological Engineering Department has its own online application.
How do I pay for the application fee?
The online system requires you to pay with a credit card.
Can the application fee be waived or deferred?
No action will be taken on your application until the fee is paid. We understand the expense of applying to graduate programs; however, the application fee cannot be waived or deferred.
I applied last year; how can I reapply?
You should fill out a completely new online application. We cannot use material from a previous application; you must submit a new online application. Please indicate that you applied earlier by checking the appropriate box.
Can you give me an idea of my chances for admission, based on GRE scores or Class Rank, for example?
We can make no preliminary evaluation based on one or two qualifications. The admissions committee weighs all parts of the application (recommendations, personal statement, grades, test scores, previous research experience, etc.) in an effort to get as complete a picture of the applicant as possible. The committee looks for applicants whose intellectual interests, skills, aptitude and experience best matches the department's research programs.
Is it OK to send copies of awards, papers, posters, to supplement my application?
No. Because of the large volume of applications submitted to the Biological Engineering Department, we must discourage you from sending in copies of awards, journal articles and other extraneous documents. You may only submit the required materials.
Can an applicant who was not accepted into the program request information as to why they were not accepted?
Due to the large volume of qualified applicants to the Biological Engineering graduate program and the small number of students accepted into the program we are unable to give specifics as to why an application was denied.
May I apply to other departments or programs outside of the Biological Engineering department?
Yes, but keep in mind that the applications are independent of each other. We do not share supporting materials with other departments. A separate fee is required for each application.
Will the Department keep me informed of my application status?
We do not routinely acknowledge receipt of applications or supporting documents. Once you have submitted an application on-line you can go back in and check the status of your recommendations.
To check your admission result, you can log into your online account around the end of February. In most cases, the results will be posted rather than mailed. Information about decisions will not be given over the phone.
Whom do I contact if I have questions about the application process?
Please send email to
Can I visit your department or contact faculty before being admitted?
We require interviews of our applicants during our Interview Weekend March 8 & 9, 2013. Interviews are by invitation only; notification of selection takes place in mid/late February and will be posted on your online account. An invitation to interview thus signals that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration, but does not guarantee admission. Candidates will be notified of interview selection until the end of March. In some cases where international travel can be problematic, faculty telephone interviews will be arranged with international applicants.
The faculty schedule is planned carefully for BE’s Interview Weekend, thus visiting on a different date may not be possible due to faculty schedule conflicts. Applicants wishing further information about a faculty member's field of research should contact that professor via email. Applicants should keep in mind that faculty schedules are very full. MIT holds campus tours daily at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. For further information regarding the campus tours visit the MIT Information Center.