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Graduate Program


The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The main areas of graduate study and research are:

  • Biomedical instrumentation and devices
  • Biomedical signal and image processing
  • Medical Physics (Accredited Graduate Program)
  • Applications of computers to diagnostic and therapeutic systems
  • Neurosensory and neuromuscular systems and devices
  • Biomedical optics and lasers
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biomechanics, biofluid dynamics
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Under the guidance of an academic advisor from the Department, each student designs an individual program of study and research.

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

The Master of Science degree offers the graduate student an opportunity to obtain advanced training in selected areas of biomedical engineering and to begin independent research.

The department admits four types of students to its MS program: a) Students with BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering or similar engineering fields; b) Students with BS degrees in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Chemical, or similar engineering fields; c) Students with BS degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology or similar fields; d) Students with MD or similar degrees

Both a 30-credit thesis option and a 30 credit non-thesis option are available. Students in the thesis option must complete 24 credits of courses and 6 thesis credits (BME 710). Students in the Non-Thesis must complete 27 credits of courses and a 3 credit independent design or research project for which the student enrolls in BME605. There is also a 5-year BS/MS option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the Department.

Additional information on the MS program in biomedical engineering, including areas of research, admission criteria, curriculum, advising and graduation requirements can be found in the BME MS student manual

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares graduates for careers in academia, industrial research and development, or government. The program is designed to train students for advanced independent research and technical innovation in biomedical engineering.

In general, the department admits three types of students to its PhD program: a) Students with MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering or related science and engineering fields. b) Students with MD degrees with undergraduate degrees in sciences or engineering. c) Highly qualified students with BS degrees in engineering or sciences (direct BS to PhD track).

The requirements include completion of a minimum of 60 course credits beyond the B.S. degree or 18 course credits beyond the M.S. degree, satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination, completion and oral defense of a dissertation research proposal, and completion and oral defense of a dissertation.

Additional information on the PhD program in biomedical engineering, including areas of research, admission criteria, curriculum, advising and graduation requirements can be found in the BME PhD student manual.

Scholarships and Assistantships

Financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships (TAs, RAs) is available to outstanding doctoral students. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded to exceptional applicants depending on the availability of funds, the research needs of the Faculty and the teaching needs of the Department. Assistantships typically provide support for up to 4 years for students admitted with a BS degree and up to 3 years for students admitted with a MS degree. Assistantships are 12-month positions which provide financial support in the form of a monthly stipend, full graduate tuition waiver, and partial coverage of health insurance costs.

In 2015-2016 the stipend is $2,250 per month, or $27,000 per year and the funds provided for health insurance coverage amounts to 80% of the cost of basic student health insurance.  In order to receive the 80% credit students must purchase the insurance through the University and request payment through payroll deduction.  The estimated cost of basic student health insurance is $2,467 as of May 2015.

Outstanding graduate students may also qualify for financial aid through highly competitive fellowships awarded by the University, private foundations, or governmental agencies. In recent years, the majority of graduate students have received financial support (TA, RA, NIH or NSF fellowships, or external support from companies such as Cordis, Siemens, Beckman Coulter).

Graduate Placement

Graduate students are encouraged to utilize the University-wide Toppel Career Planning and Placement Center, take advantage of the Fall and Spring Career Fairs, and seek assistance from the Engineering Career Planning and Placement Director or Biomedical Engineering Program Coordinator. Placement services remain available to all alumni after graduation.

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