For Graduate Program advising, contact the Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. David Clague.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Blended Applicants

Below are links regarding application to the Blended Program specific to the Thesis and Project tracks in Biomedical Engineering:

Seniors:  Blended MS Applications for the Thesis track will be accepted each quarter, i.e., during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.  Application for the Project track will be accepted Winter and Spring quarters annually, with the sponsored projects to start in the Fall quarter of each academic year.

Internal/Blended Applications are due by 4pm on the Friday of Week 2 of the quarter applied in.  They should be directed to Cindy Holton in the Biomedical Engineering Department office (13-260).  Decisions for admission of new BMS students will be made by the end of the second week after the application deadline, following graduate committee review.

External Graduate Applicants

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Cal Poly has three tracks toward an MS in Biomedical Engineering:  the Thesis track, the Project track, and the Regenerative Medicine Specialization.  The MS in Biomedical Engineering, Thesis and Project tracks require a Thesis Advisor.  Students, once accepted into the MS program, may petition to transfer into their desired MS track.

See here for application deadlines. 

How to apply through Cal State Apply:

External applicants should visit the Graduate Education Website to find the link to apply through Cal State Apply and helpful instructions to guide through the process.

During the application process, please note the following:

  • All applicants must provide the required number of letters of recommendation through Cal State Apply.  For applications to be considered complete and reviewable, all of the EVALUATIONS must be received by Cal State Apply by the application deadline.  Cal State Apply prompts both the applicant and the reviewer to meet these deadlines.  (DO NOT send EVALUATIONS directly to program graduate coordinator or departments.)
  • All Official GRE scores must be submitted directly to the Cal Poly Admissions Office.  Applicants are to self-report GRE scores through their Cal State Apply application, and the system will verify if the GRE scores have been sent to Cal Poly.
  • Unofficial transcripts MUST be uploaded by all applicants (including Cal Poly undergraduates) through Cal State Apply; Official transcripts MUST be sent to the Cal Poly Admissions Office.

Graduate Student Forms and Guidance

All forms required for the graduate program can be found at Checklist & Forms page on the Graduate Education Website (

For Guidance through the Steps to Graduation, visit

All forms should be turned in directly to the Biomedical Engineering Department office for approval signatures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to visit the Graduate Coordinator during Office Hours.