Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Study
Biomedical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering prepares graduates to review technical literature related to a biomedical engineering research problem and communicate those results through oral presentations and written publications.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.


For admission to the doctoral degree in biomedical engineering on regular status, the student must:

  1. have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or related field;
  2. have a grade-point average that would indicate success in graduate study.
Applicants who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering may be required to complete collateral course work to make up deficiencies. Collateral course work will not count towards the fulfillment of degree requirements.

International applicants are required to submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biomedical Engineering

The doctoral degree program in biomedical engineering program of study is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and the graduate program director. A minimum of 22 credits of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree is required in addition to doctoral dissertation research. No more than 6 credits of 400-level courses may be counted towards the degree requirements.

Student’s must complete the following:
1. All of the following core courses:
BME 803 Research Methods 3
BME 840 BioDesignIQ I 3
BME 841 BioDesignIQ II 3
BME 892 Biomedical Engineering Seminar 1
2. Complete at least 12 credits in thematic elective courses at the 800-level or above. Must include an engineering science course, a life science course, a mathematics/statistics/computational course, and another elective course chosen from a list of approved courses maintained by the department.
3. Successful completion of the written and oral portions of the comprehensive examination by the end of the 4th semester in the program.
4. Complete 24 credits of BME 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
5. Successful completion of a dissertation and final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.