Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering principles and methods to define and solve problems in medicine and biology. Students choose biomedical engineering to be of service to people, for the challenge of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to problems of health care delivery.

Biomedical engineering careers can be found in industrial, health care, academic, private laboratory and government settings. The typical biomedical engineer will work in a team environment that may include physical scientists, engineers, clinicians and life scientists.

The objective of the PhD in Biomedical Engineering program is to produce graduates who can identify future applications in the field, analyze current technology capability and synthesize new solutions that extend the state of the art in biomedical applications. Combined expertise in electrical, mechanical and materials engineering, coupled to life sciences platforms will allow graduates to create new tools, processes and implementations that provide solutions to more complex medical and health-related problems. PhD graduates will have the ability to evaluate difficult life sciences-related issues and create solutions of the future.

Program Information

School: Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Biomedical Engineering Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences

GPA: Minimum 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Test score required: Yes

GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Daniel Gray
Degree Plan Evaluator
Department of Bioengineering
Office: ECSS 3.908D

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions including: Professor, Research and Development Engineer in areas such as bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue engineering or rehabilitation engineering and Consulting Engineer in the public and private sector.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.