UW Bioengineering Professional Master’s Program and Certificates Admissions

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UW Bioengineering offers the Professional Master’s evening degree Program (PMP) in Pharmaceutical Bioengineering (PharBE) and a number of certificate programs. These programs are designed to enable working local engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related industries to explore advanced education in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, drug discovery and design, pharmaceutics and translational pharmaceutics.

Advising and admissions for the certificate programs are handled by UW Professional and Continuing Education.

Candidates’ questions may be addressed in the PHARBE FAQ, by contacting the Senior Academic Counselor via our contact form or by calling (206)685-3494.

Deadlines

Degree Deadline: November 4, 2013 (Winter Quarter 2014 admission)

Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) Deadline: December 10, 2013 (for Winter Quarter 2014 admission)

Application Policies

Students have the option to apply to the master’s program annually in autumn or take the Basic Biosciences Certificate and apply to the degree.

If students wish to take the Basic Biosciences Certificate before applying to the degree program, they are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) status in order to apply up to 12 credits under the GNM status toward the PharBE degree.

Candidates are asked to upload all sections of the online application prior to application submission. Once an application is submitted, it is difficult for the department to enter changes and/or updates. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in order for the Department of Bioengineering to be able to send complimentary e-mail notification of any missing items.

The application is an entirely online process. Candidates must submit electronic copies of all application materials where requested in the online application. Only letters from letter of recommendation writers who prefer to use postal mail will be reviewed or considered in paper form (see details below). All other application material must be received electronically.

All application materials must be received (not postmarked) in the appropriate office or submitted via the online application by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Department of Bioengineering is unable to make any exceptions to this policy.

Domestic vs. International Candidate Status and Visa Information

A candidate is considered “International” if he/she:

    • Is not a United States citizen, immigrant or green card holder (permanent resident)

OR

  • Currently holds a non-immigrant United States visa (examples include J-1, F-1, H-1, dependent visa)

Otherwise, the candidate is considered “Domestic.”

International candidates are not eligible to apply for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status.

International candidates are strongly encouraged to review the UW Graduate School FAQ for International Students.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VISAS: PharBE does not qualify as full‐time study, and does not meet the requirements for an F-1 visa.

However, F-1 students currently enrolled full‐time in another program, OR prospective students in the U.S. on some other type of visa (not F‐1), may be eligible to take a certificate program or course. For complete details contact an Academic Counselor.

How to Apply

Domestic and International Applicants must complete the Graduate School Application and pay an $85 application fee.

The following materials must accompany each application. All application materials will now be received via the online application unless given explicit directions by the Department or the Graduate School.

Official GRE scores

GRE scores must be directly reported from ETS to UW (use institutional code 4854; no department code is required). GRE scores must be valid and five (5) years old or less on the date the application is submitted.

The Department of Bioengineering will not consider an application “complete” unless official GRE scores are received in the online application by November 4, 2013 (11:59PM PST).

Candidates should note that it rarely takes less than six weeks for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send GRE scores and for GRE scores to be properly uploaded into an application. Candidates should plan to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that scores are delivered by the application deadline.

Unofficial transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded into the Graduate School online application. Paper transcripts will not be accepted. Candidates should not submit official transcripts unless explicitly requested.

Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a clear and succinct description of a candidate’s motivations for entering the Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Program and a candidate’s reasons for applying to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington.

At least two letters of professional recommendation

The application will ask a candidate to address his/her science, engineering, or business skills and his/her ability to complete an advanced degree. Letters of recommendation from supervisors are preferred and can be submitted electronically by recommenders as part of the online application process. Once a candidate designates two people who will write letters of recommendation, each writer will immediately receive an e-mail directing him/her to a secure website where s/he is able to choose the online system or send the letter via postal mail. Candidates and letter writers are strongly encouraged to use the online system.

Letter of recommendation writers who submit letters online will complete an evaluation form as part of the process.

Candidates can track the status of the letters of recommendation by logging back into the online application.

If any letter of recommendation writers prefer to use postal mail instead of using the online system, their letters and the paper evaluation form should be sent to:

Academic Services
Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington
3720 15th Ave NE
Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195-5061

International candidates only

Official TOEFL scores (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams)

International candidates who do not meet English proficiency standards (as determined by the UW Graduate School) are required to take the TOEFL or other UW-approved English language proficiency exam. Details about English proficiency exams and who qualifies to waive this requirement are available in the UW Graduate School Memorandum No. 8.

TOEFL or other UW-approved English proficiency exam results must reported directly from ETS to UW (use institutional code 4854; no department code is required), if required. TOEFL (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams) must be valid and two (2) years old or less on the date the application is submitted.

An international candidate’s application will not be considered “complete” unless the department receives official TOEFL (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams) scores by 11:59PM (PST) November 4, 2013.

Candidates should note that it rarely takes less than six weeks for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send TOEFL scores and for TOEFL scores to be properly uploaded into an application. Candidates should plan to take the TOEFL well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that the official scores are uploaded by the appropriate deadline.

To avoid additional and/or unexpected delays, a candidate’s name should appear with ETS and with the Bioengineering application exactly as it appears on the candidate’s passport.

Additional application materials (official transcripts, financial ability, copy of visa, etc)

The Graduate School only requires additional application materials from international applicants when they are recommended for admission. The Graduate School will contact international candidates directly when additional materials are required. Candidates should not submit additional application materials unless explicitly instructed to do so.

GNM Status is open to Domestic candidates only. Candidates must complete the Graduate School Application and pay an $75 application fee.

The following materials must accompany each application. All application materials will now be received via the online application unless given explicit directions by the Department or the Graduate School.

Unofficial transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded into the Graduate School online application. Paper transcripts will not be accepted. Candidates should not submit official transcripts unless explicitly requested.

Up-to-date resume
Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a clear and succinct description of a candidate’s motivations for entering the Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Program and a candidate’s reasons for applying to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington.

International candidates only

Official TOEFL scores (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams)

International candidates who do not meet English proficiency standards (as determined by the UW Graduate School) are required to take the TOEFL or other UW-approved English language proficiency exam. Details about English proficiency exams and who qualifies to waive this requirement are available in the UW Graduate School Memorandum No. 8.

TOEFL or other UW-approved English proficiency exam results must reported directly from ETS to UW (use institutional code 4854; no department code is required), if required. TOEFL (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams) must be valid and two (2) years old or less on the date the application is submitted.

An international candidate’s application will not be considered “complete” unless the department receives official TOEFL (or other UW-approved English language proficiency exams) scores by 11:59PM (PST) November 4, 2013.

Candidates should note that it rarely takes less than six weeks for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send TOEFL scores and for TOEFL scores to be properly uploaded into an application. Candidates should plan to take the TOEFL well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that the official scores are uploaded by the appropriate deadline.

To avoid additional and/or unexpected delays, a candidate’s name should appear with ETS and with the Bioengineering application exactly as it appears on the candidate’s passport.

Additional application materials (official transcripts, financial ability, copy of visa, etc)

The Graduate School only requires additional application materials from international applicants when they are recommended for admission. The Graduate School will contact international candidates directly when additional materials are required. Candidates should not submit additional application materials unless explicitly instructed to do so.