Apply to Bioengineering
Below is the information needed about our program and the application process. Please look it over and afterwards if you have not already submitted your online application, please take a moment to fill it in.
Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should visit the international prospective students page in the Graduate College so that the additional items needed for their application can be sent.
Of particular interest to most applicants is the financial package and availability of housing. Information on both is below. Students who have their own support, often from a fellowship, scholarship, or company sponsorship, are also encouraged to apply. A description of our department and research areas is also in this area of our web pages and we invite you to visit there also.
Financial Support is Available
We offer an excellent financial package that is available for most Bioengineering students. Grants, fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships range from $14,000 to $24,000 per year. Students who have their undergraduate degree in chemistry or similar area may receive assistance beginning at $14,000 per year.
Most of the assistantships include a monthly stipend plus waiver of tuition for the hours applicable toward the degree, plus a waiver of the basic health insurance cost. This waiver is for the full degree, whether M.S. or Ph.D. A student is automatically considered for financial assistance, if they indicated this on the department application form, but not all students admitted may receive financial assistance.
Our tuition costs are figured per credit hour of registration for each semester and based on a resident and non resident system. Each course is for a certain number of credit hours. Oklahoma residents pay the resident portion of tuition plus fees and expenses. Non residents pay both the resident and non resident portion of tuition plus fees and expenses. For example, a first year graduate student with typical enrollment would have tuition and fees costs of around $14,000. This does not include food, housing, or transportation. A full list of the tuition costs and fees is available on the Bursar's office web page. This website also has a link for estimating costs based on hours of enrollment.
Waivers now cover the hours taken that apply toward their degree, both resident and non-resident, plus the basic health care coverage. A first year non resident graduate student taking the typical enrollment of 17 credit hours during the year would receive tuition waivers and health care waivers of around $10,400. Expenses a student typically pays that are not covered by the tuition and health care waivers for a non resident graduate student would include other enrollment fees, books, and parking permit fees, and would be around $4,700 for the year (not including housing).
When comparing various offer packages, look at the package as a whole. Our package includes a stipend plus the waivers. Other schools may offer a higher stipend but students then have to pay tuition from that stipend, leaving less to live on. Cost of living is quite reasonable in Norman and numerous apartments are available within walking distance of the campus, including university apartment complexes.
More information about the tuition waivers is available on the graduate college web pages. Information about the health insurance waiver is available through the office of Human resources web page. The tuition, fees, waivers and regulations are set by the Board of Regents rather than the department or Graduate College.
Qualifications for Admission
Students can apply directly for the Ph.D. degree without already having an M.S. degree. Students applying to our graduate program should have or soon have a degree in Bioengineering or a similar scientific area. Areas of Engineering include Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Other Scientific areas include Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Chemistry or Biology.
Any student who has earned an undergraduate degree or the equivalent from an accredited school and earned at least a 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) over the last sixty hours of letter graded undergraduate work may be considered for admission in full standing. The scale used is 4.0 =A, 3.00 = B, 2.00 = C,1.00 = D, and below 1.00 = F.
Applicants who are U.S. citizens and have a GPA greater than 3.0 may be invited to visit the department at our expense. To arrange for this, please contact our office and send us at least a photocopy of your transcript and a completed department application form. A resume is also helpful.
There are two sets of application materials required for the application to be completed: The department set and the University set. It is best to send the department set first, especially if there might be a delay in sending the materials required by admissions.
The application materials required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and those required for international students are different because of government requirements. It is important to follow the directions for your citizenship status . It is important that all of the required documents reach us. A missing document, especially a transcript or TOEFL score for an international student, can delay consideration of the application.
Set One: OUBC Department Application Materials:
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to send in both sets of the following materials and the university application fee.
An OUBC Department Supplemental Application Form is required. This is an online application system and the link is provided here. Please read the rest of the information provided here before completing the department application so that you have all of the needed information.
Three letters of recommendation are required for the online department application. For the application to be submitted, you will need to have available the names, titles and e-mail addresses of three people who have agreed to prepare letters of reference for you. If this information is left blank in the online form, the form is not forwarded to us for review.
Optional additional materials may also be sent in. The online application includes a place where you can attach a resume and/or a statement of purpose. These can also be sent to us by e-mail or regular mail.
Link to OUBC Supplemental online Application:
The University of Oklahoma official Application Form - required by the University. This form is available online and includes the application fee payment. Be sure to click on the "Submit" button at the end of the form.
A certified copy of your official transcipts is required by the Admissions Office. A description of what is considered an acceptable transcript is given in the online application instructions. We suggest that these be sent directly to the department. We will make a copy for your application file in the department and send the original to the Admissions Office.
A $40.00 Application Fee is required and set by the Admissions Office. Payment is part of the online application. If the fee is not paid at the time of preparing the application, the application will not go to the office of Admissions for further processing. Information on how to pay by credit card is included in the application instructions.
Link to Graduate College and University Application:
Letters of recommendation are most valuable if they are from a research supervisor or professor you have worked closely with. After you insert the information in the online application, we will contact them directly and provide an online method to send in their reference. In addition to the online referral form, a letter can be sent by regular mail or directly from them by e-mail. If the letters are sent to us along with your paper documents, the recommendations must be from those individuals and in sealed envelopes.