Had no clue there was so much to BME admission discussions until I came across this site today..glad I did :-). After lots of reading, I guess I am no better off than I was. Would be great help if I could get some views on where I stand a chance in getting in for Fall2013.
So I'm an international student, undergrad program in Electronics and Instrumentation, done with it last June, ended up in a software job at IBM(totally unrelated to what I studied) as is the usual trend is in my place. So I came across this course on Biomed Instrumentation during my undergrad, knew nothing of the existence of such a field of study until then; but for as long as I remember, I had always had this fascination towards going for research, Ph.D etc and this, I understood was the perfect field and I decided quite late in my undergrad that I wanted to go for MS in BME. Bad planning, lack of support and other factors, I ended up working at IBM. But now, I'm looking towards Fall 2013 entry to the U.S; this is my profile:
Undergrad GPA: 76%
No publications/No research experience either in BME or related fields.
Applying Univs: Univ of Florida, Arizona State Univ, Purdue, Texas A&M, UCincinnati(MS Elec engg)
Good LORs and SOP
I did try doing something in BME-related fields like an academic project, which was more into virtual instrumentation than BME I guess; but with rare faculty and research here, I couldn't have done more (maybe).
My final goal is to do a Ph.D, but with an average profile, I would like to get some research experience, do some publications, get a better understanding of what in BME am I practically interested in. I have a vague idea of my interests in Biomedical Imaging, and Neuroengineering too, also something that will not involve a lot of dealing with biology and specimens (I'm not sure if I am ready for it), so would like to decide and resolve all these before going for a Ph.d study.
At this stage, I'm really confused if my profile is apt for what I have applied. And still considering applying for Rutgers, Univ of Minnesotta or Univ of Utah; and maybe GMU (MSEE program as a safe option), NJIT(is it good???). Also, being an int'l student, I will need funding support to pursue my abroad studies. Please let me know which among the above should I apply to; and any others that I might have missed or any info that might help would be much appreciated!