Applicants must enter the program in the fall quarter in order to begin the required coursework in the core curriculum. The deadline for submission of applications is generally March1st. International applications can be accepted after March1st but must take into consideration the delays associated with the necessary visa arrangements. In addition to the basic requirements established by The Graduate College, the division has the following requirements for admission to its program:
- Applicants must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university and provide official transcripts from each college or university attended. Prior degrees would most likely include physical sciences, engineering, computer science, mathematics, biology, or medicine; although students with degrees from other areas and those who consider themselves to have special or unique qualities and a reasonable likelihood of success are also encouraged to apply.
- The Graduate College requires academic transcripts from all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate educational experiences. These should provide a minimal grade point average of 3.0 overall (A = 4.0). The Graduate College requires all graduate students to take the GRE examinations, and scores on these tests are considered by the admission committee. All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants from foreign countries must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent agency (i.e. ECE and WES).
- As required by the Graduate College, a clear, concise expression of the applicant's interests and goals needs to be included as an essay in their application. Identifying a particular area of interest within the field of biomechanics is very helpful in identifying potential laboratories for the students.
- The Graduate College requires three letters of recommendation and it is recommended that they be from science faculty who can evaluate the character of the applicant, their academic and research performance, and their ability to think and work independently.
The Division Director and the Admissions Committee evaluate applications. All prior academic experience and the letters of recommendation will be evaluated for an indication of the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student and future independent investigator. The statement by the applicant describing goals and motivation will be studied to determine the compatibility between the applicant's requirements and the capabilities of the graduate program.
The number of faculty available to mentor the student's research limits acceptance into the master's program. Students are therefore encouraged to apply early. Generally students entering the masters program will not be eligible for stipends and must pay tuition. Under certain circumstances, if the faculty has sufficient funds, may provide financial support to the extent of tuition.