UW MME and PHARBE Admissions FAQ

MME Program

  1. Is the MME program still available?
  2. What options do you offer for students who are interested in pursuing an MME-related program?

PharBE Program

General Information

  1. What makes a strong candidate?
  2. What are the degree program requirements?
  3. How many classes would I take?
  4. What is the difference between PharBE Certificate and Degree Registration?
  5. Does this program qualify for financial aid?
  6. Is this program eligible for the tuition exemption benefit offered to state and UW employees?
  7. What are the English language proficiency requirements for PharBE?
  8. I am a foreign national. Can I pursue the PharBE program?
  9. Where can I learn more about job opportunities in the Department of Bioengineering or UW campus?

Applying

  1. What are the PharBE application deadlines?
  2. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
  3. Do I have to take the GRE?
  4. Do I have to take the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
  5. What are the required application materials?
  6. Do I need to send paper copies of my GRE and/or English Language Proficiency Exam scores?
  7. Whom do I ask for recommendations?
  8. I applied for the wrong quarter/year and already submitted my application – will my application be considered for the quarter/year for which I meant to apply?

Graduate Non-Matriculated Status (GNM)

  1. What is GNM status?
  2. Is GNM status available to international students?
  3. Why should I consider applying for GNM status?
  4. How do I apply for GNM status?
  5. What are the application deadlines for GNM?

After applying

  1. When and how will I be notified of the admission decision?
  2. What do I do if I haven’t heard yet from UW?

 

MME Program

  1. Is the MME program still available?
    No. As of Autumn 2012, the degree program will no longer be available.
  2. What options do you offer for students who are interested in pursuing an MME-related program?
    We offer the following certificate programs associated with MME: the Medical Device and Commercialization Certificate.
    While the individual courses for each of these certificates are not offered fully online, this is a work in progress and we would be happy to notify you if and when these changes become available. Currently, the courses for each of these certificates are offered in the evenings, one night a week, completely online.
    If you have any additional questions about the individual courses or certificates of the program, please contact: Dr. Paul Detmer (pdtemer@pce.uw.edu or 206‐685‐6515) and Eric Irvin (eirvin@pce.uw.edu or 206‐685‐6403).

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PharBE Program

General Information

  1. What makes a strong candidate?
    Degree Admission Requirements:
    B.S degree or equivalent in a relevant science (field/research), public health (biomedical related) or engineering (field/research) related, or have a B.S. degree or equivalent in unrelated field (ex. Business) and 2 years of experience working within a scientific or engineering group for a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company or related industry. Clinical degrees are considered.
    Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree other than a B.S. (ex. B.A. degrees), professional experience, and completed recommended prerequisite course work will also be considered for admission.
    Students who have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 90 quarter credit hours (60 semester credit hours) and meet prerequisite requirements. Students who have a BA/BS degree with under a 3.0 GPA and have 2 years work experience may be approved for GNM status for Basic Biosciences. Students who receive a 3.0 or above in their Basic Biosciences courses and apply for the degree program while under GNM status are considered for degree admissions.
    Prerequisite Course Requirements:
    Applicants should complete the prerequisite courses with a 2.0 or greater before applying to the degree program. Students whose undergraduate degree majors are in engineering, biology, chemistry, or pharmacy are exempt from the prerequisite course requirement.
         Calculus: Minimum of 1 quarter (or 1 semester) of college calculus
         Chemistry: Minimum of 2 quarters (1 semester) of college general chemistry.
    Additional course in organic chemistry is recommended.

         Biology: Minimum of 1 quarter (semester) of general biology
         Physics: 1 quarter (Physics 114)
    Other Factors:
    Applicants will be evaluated on professional experience, previous degrees earned or most recent/undergraduate GPA, Basic Biosciences courses GPA (if applicable), letters of recommendation, statement of intent, and GRE test scores. Please note that admission to the degree program is not guaranteed, even if you choose to take the Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Certificate prior to applying to the Master’s program.
  2. What are the degree program requirements?
    The requirements to earn the Master of Pharmaceutical Boengineering can be completed in approximately 2 and ½ to 3 years.
    Program requires completion of 40 credit hours within the program and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. How many classes would I take?
    The PharBE program is a non-thesis program
    40 total course credits (including four credits of Department Seminars, taken Winter and Spring Quarter Only).
  4. What is the difference between PharBE Certificate and Degree Registration?
    The biggest difference you will see in registering for courses as a degree student is that the registration form we send out is different, showing all degree courses offered every quarter, instead of just the certificate courses. Also, degree students have to pay some additional student fees that certificate students are exempt from paying (although you do get to take advantage of the extra campus services supported by those fees).
    Otherwise, the process is the same. Use the degree registration form to register through the UWPCE registration office via phone, mail or in-person (sorry, we still don’t have on-line registration yet).
  5. Does this program qualify for financial aid?
    Yes, PharBE does qualify for financial aid. During Winter and Spring, the Department Seminar (BIOEN 509) adds the additional credit needed to qualify for financial aid (a total of 5 credits a quarter are needed). However, a student will need to take one additional credit during Autumn Quarter of each year, in order to qualify year-round. (PharBE has designed a journal club course, for exactly 1 credit, to fulfill this requirement).
    If you are using financial aid to pay for tuition, you will need to fill out and return a PCE Payment Agreement form when you register each quarter. This form will be emailed to your UW email account along with your registration materials each quarter. Disbursement of financial aid funds from the University Student Accounts Office to PCE occurs approximately two weeks before the quarter starts. If your total tuition and fees are greater than your financial aid award or if you register after disbursement occurs, you will be invoiced for any tuition and fees owed. When aid is disbursed, you are responsible for paying your tuition invoice with the PCE registration office.
    If you are receiving aid from The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP), you will fill out a PCE payment agreement form as mentioned above, but the CWTAP funds will be dispensed directly to you. You are then responsible for paying your tuition statement with us. If you have any questions about this program, you should contact Angela Rambo at (206) 616‐3557 or by email at acromer@u.washington.edu.
  6. Is this program eligible for the tuition exemption benefit offered to state and UW employees?
    No, the tuition benefit exemption applies only to state‐funded programs. Since fee based degree programs receive no state funds, they are not eligible for the tuition exemption benefit.
  7. What are the English language proficiency requirements for PharBE?
    Please review the Graduate School’s Memo 8.
  8. I am a foreign national. Can I pursue the PharBE program?
    PharBE does not qualify as full-time study, and therefore does not meet requirements for an F-1 Visa. However, if you are an F-1 student currently enrolled full-time in another program, OR you are in the U.S. on some other type of visa (not F-1), you may be eligible to take a certificate program or course. For complete details, or to contact an adviser, see Visa Information.
  9. Where can I learn more about job opportunities in the Department of Bioengineering or on the UW Campus?
    If you are an International student, please contact the International Student Services Office.
    Visit the UW Bioengineering jobs page to learn about other employment opportunities.

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Applying

      1. What are the deadlines for your graduate programs?
        PharBE GNM: December 5th 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, USA) Winter Quarter
        PharBE Degree: November 2, 2012 11:59 pm (Pacific Time, USA)
        Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
      2. Is there a minimum GPA and GRE score?
        The GRE scores and GPA’s vary more significantly, because more emphasis is placed on professional experience.
      3. Do I have to take the GRE?
        The only way the GRE requirement can be waived is if you have previously earned a PhD.
      4. Do I have to take the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
        Please refer to the UW Graduate School Memo 8. Applicants in the process of earning a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution as defined in the UW Graduate School Memo 8 (see #1), or whose undergraduate instruction is/was taught entirely in English (see #2) can waive the English Language Proficiency exam requirement in the application by entering “N/A” or by leaving the section blank. Please note that the Department will not accept English language proficiency scores below the scores listed on this website.
      5. What are the required application materials?
        Please review our instructions on how to apply to the PharBE program.
      6. Do I need to send paper copies of my GRE and/or English Language Proficiency Exam scores?
        No, GRE scores need to be sent electronically, directly from ETS to University code: 4854. A Department code should no longer be required, but if it is you can enter:
        TOEFLiBT: 99
        GRE (paper‐based centers): 19448 GRE electronic department code: 1603
        In addition to the 6‐week process to have your scores sent to the correct department at the University of Washington, it also takes at least 24 hours for your electronic GRE scores to be matched to your SUBMITTED Graduate School Application. To ensure that your official GRE scores are matched before the deadline, it is best to submit your application at least 48 hours before the deadline.
        For more information about where to send your English Language Proficiency exam scores, please visit the UW Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions – International Students.
      7. Whom do I ask for recommendations?
        Professor recommendations and professional recommendations are acceptable, as long as you have/had a substantial working relationship with that manager or professor (i.e. you attended multiple office hours and the professor can discuss your work over a length of time in detail).
      8. I applied for the wrong quarter/year and already submitted my application – will my application be considered for the quarter/year for which I meant to apply?
        If you wish to be considered for the quarter/year you meant to apply for, you must resubmit a new application by the deadline, and then contact the department to have your other application withdrawn. The department cannot transfer materials from one application to the other on your behalf. If you select the wrong quarter/year but have not yet submitted your application, it is possible for you to change the quarter and year in your application, yourself, before submitting the application to the Graduate School.

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Graduate Non-Matriculated Status (GNM)

      1. What is GNM status?
        Graduate Non-matriculated (GNM) is a student status at the University designed to provide access to graduate courses for qualified individuals who are not currently matriculated in a graduate program, but who may later wish to apply to a graduate program. The graduate department in which the student seeks GNM status evaluates the applicants. The department determines whether a student is qualified to do its graduate-level coursework. Please note, Acceptance into the GNM program does not guarantee acceptance into the degree program. If a student wishes to take graduate-level courses but does not plan to apply the credits to a specific graduate degree, then the student should register as Non-matriculated (NM) – not Graduate Non-matriculated (GNM).
        For more information about GNM status and non-degree enrollment for UW credit, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the UW GNM website.
      2. Is GNM status available to international students?
        No.
      3. Why should I consider applying for GNM status?
        It allows you to apply up to 12 credits of course work toward the degree, should you choose to apply. (NOTE: You must fill out two separate applications: one for GNM and one for Degree status)
        No GRE scores/letters of recommendation are required for GNM status. (However, you will need letters of recommendation and GRE scores if you submit a degree-seeking application.)
      4. How do I apply for GNM status?
        Complete an online UW Graduate School application.
      5. What are the application deadlines for GNM?
        New Student Deadline: December 10 (11:59 pm, Pacific Time USA) For Winter Quarter Start
        Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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After applying

      1. When and how will I be notified of the admission decision?
        By the end of December, via e-mail and online profile status change
      2. What do I do if I haven’t heard yet from UW?
        PharBE applicants should be notified of their application outcome within two weeks of their application deadline.
        If you still have not heard from UW two weeks after the time listed above, please contact the Graduate Academic Counselor.

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