UNC is positioned to develop leaders in the biomedical engineering field who know how to creatively address the needs of the 21st healthcare community.


Office of Admissions
Phone: (707) 774-6644
E-mail: admits@uncm.edu

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Admissions Policy

Students wishing to enroll in the Doctor of Biomedical Engineering program must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Students who have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering curriculum or in a mathematics curriculum or in physical and biological sciences, who have a 3.00 minimum grade point average and an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (combined verbal and quantitative score of 1250), are eligible to be considered for admission. Your work history is important for UNC. Non-native speakers of English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of at least 550. For other students, a minimum score of 640 in the Japanese Society for Testing English Proficiency, Inc. (STEP) is required. Students may, under exceptional circumstances, be considered for conditional admission with a lower grade point average and/or a lower GRE General Test score. Students on conditional status must achieve regular status within 9 unit hours of initial registration by attaining a 3.00 minimum grade point average at the University of Northern California and regular acceptance by the program faculty. Students who do not meet these requirements are subject to dismissal.

Reference letters, research interests, previous graduate study grade point average, work experience, and other factors may be considered in making admission decisions. Students qualified for graduate studies are encouraged to apply for financial aid in work study, student loans, and graduate assistantships. Preference for admission and scholarships will be given to those applicants who have the highest standard examination scores, references, and undergraduate/graduate record.

Applying for Graduate Admission

  1. Obtain an Application for Graduate Admission either by downloading the Application Form (PDF); or by contacting the Office of Admissions at (707) 774-6644; or by writing to the UNC Office of Admissions.
  2. Fill out the application, being careful to answer all the applicable questions, and complete the essay.
  3. Mail the completed application form along with the nonrefundable $100.00 application fee to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Have official copies of your previous college transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.
  5. If applying for graduate admission, submit official results of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International students with appropriate credentials may be exempted from this requirement.

TOEFL: use TOEFL code – 4935 – for scores to be sent to UNC.
GRE: must be directly submitted by applicant.

Note: All information, once submitted, becomes the property of the University of Northern California and will not be returned.

When to Apply

Application to the University can be made at any time of the year, i.e., rolling admission is our policy. Students should allow reasonable time for the processing of their applications.

Notification of Admission

The Office of Admissions will promptly acknowledge receipt once an application has been received. However, the process of review of potential students will not begin until all documents have been received and the $100.00 application fee paid. Once the review has been completed, a letter will be sent to the applicant explaining his/her admission status. Students may anticipate receiving a decision from the Admissions Committee (admissions staff, academic chair, and Dean of Students) within three weeks.

Enrollment Deposit

Once a student has seen the UNC catalog, toured the campus, and been accepted for admission, he/she will receive an enrollment agreement form that must be signed and returned with the enrollment deposit of $100.00 not less than four weeks before the first day of classes. Exceptionally, students who are unable to visit the campus prior to enrollment, e.g., applicants residing abroad, may sign the enrollment agreement form after their arrival on campus. This non-refundable enrollment deposit will be applied to the tuition fee for the term of admission.