What is the Conditional Admissions Program (CAP)?

The BIOMS Conditional Admissions Program (BIOMS-CAP) is a program for international students who would like to obtain their MS or PhD from the BIOMS Program at the University of Delaware who also seek english language instruction.

The BIOMS-CAP is a joint program of the University of Delaware Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science and the University's English Language Institute (ELI). BIOMS-CAP provides international students whose native language is not English with an opportunity to be accepted into the BIOMS program without the need to take the TOEFL exam. Instead, students will enroll in the English Language Institute before beginning their BIOMS coursework. This provides them with the opportunity to improve their English skills and helps them to develop important skills that are necessary for success in the UD BIOMS program.

Benefits of the Conditional Admissions Program

1. No TOEFL Requirement
Instead of taking a TOEFL, the student will be required to pass the most advanced levels of the ELI's English for Academic Purposes program. The student must achieve a grade of at least "B+" in this coursework in order to fulfill the language requirement.

2. Postponed GRE Exam
Normally, all applicants to the BIOMS program must submit adequate Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores before their application is reviewed for admission . However, the GRE can be very difficult for native English speakers, and it can be even more challenging for students with limited English skills. Applications for conditional admission through the BIOMS-CAP Program are reviewed without the GRE scores therefore permitting the student to begin their ELI coursework to improve their English skills. After the BIOMS-CAP Student completes the ELI coursework, he or she must earn a minimum recommended GRE score of 1050 before being allowed to enroll in BIOMS courses.

3. Practical Courses for BIOMS Preparation
All students in advanced levels at the ELI will have the option of enrolling in the course English for Academic Purposes. The English for Academic Purposes program focuses on teaching students skills that they need to succeed in US graduate programs, such as presentation skills, note-taking, essay and paper-writing, research, and critical thinking skills. In this program, students are required to pass their coursework with a grade of at least a "B+" in EACH course (not an overall average score). After all requirements have been met, the students will begin their BIOMS coursework.

4. Period of Adjustment Before Beginning BIOMS Coursework
Since BIOMS-CAP students begin their studies on the University of Delaware campus at ELI, they are given the time they need to become familiar with resources available at an American university and be accustomed to campus life. Challenges such as homesickness, culture shock, and the need for housing can be dealt with before the students actually begin their BIOMS coursework, where such distractions (especially when compounded with possible barriers to communication) can be detrimental. By beginning their university experience at the ELI, the students are in a comfortable, supportive environment, surrounded by faculty and advisors who have vast experience and success in helping students fulfill their academic dreams.

BIOMS Application Process

Admission to the BIOMS program is highly competetive and applicants should have a strong foundation in the recommended courses listed on the Application Procedures Web Site. Please note that applicants to the BIOMS and BIOMS-CAP programs must identify an Advisor before their applications will be reviewed. For information about identifying a BIOMS Advisor, please see the Application Procedures Web Site.

Period of Enrollment in the ELI

The length of time required for enrollment in the ELI prior to beginning BIOMS coursework is different for each student. It depends entirely on the student's English skills when he or she arrives (i.e., more advanced students will require less time in the ELI) and on the student's willingness to work hard to improve his or her English skills.

The ELI has six levels of English courses, where Level I is for beginners and Level VI is for the most advanced students. The following scale shows the estimated periods of time that students will require in the ELI, depending on their initial placement:

  • Level I (Absolute Beginner): 12-16 months
  • Level II (High Beginner): 10-14 months
  • Level III (Intermediate): 8-10 months
  • Level IV (High Intermediate): 6-8 months
  • Level V (Advanced): 4-6 months
  • Level VI (High Advanced): 2-4 months
How to Apply

Apply to the BIOMS program online through the UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education website. Once you have completed your online application, notify Laurie Fuhrmann at