doctoral program

Individual Development

Our doctoral degree program trains students in cutting-edge research to solve real-world problems. Our approach to coursework includes a Personal Learning Plan, which tailors educational experiences to meet individual needs. A student's coursework is selected in consultation with the student's supervisor, dissertation committee and the graduate advisor to ensure adequate breadth and depth of knowledge across our four primary research tracks. Students are encouraged to take advantage of on-campus professional development resources to aid in their individual development.

Graduates of our program are well-prepared for careers in academia, industry and government labs. 

 graduation cap icon Doctoral candidates in our program typically complete the degree in ~5.6 years.

graduation cap icon Applicants who hold bachelor's degrees in a field related to BME are eligible to apply.


Program Requirements

In addition to coursework requirements, students must complete a qualifying exam by the end of their first year in the program, a dissertation proposal between the second and third year, and a final oral defense typically at the end of the fifth year. All Ph.D. students in biomedical engineering are required to complete at least one semester as a teaching assistant.

Students are holistically supported through a variety of opportunities, including training in the responsible conduct of research, creation of an individual development plan, graduate research seminars, professional development seminars and BMEntored—a peer mentorship program for first-semester doctoral students. Detailed information about program requirements are found in the Graduate Program Handbook.

Supervisor Selection 

To meet individual needs, our department supports both a direct match and rotation system for supervisor selection. Students may join labs of BME faculty and non-BME faculty who are members of our Graduate Studies Committee. Prospective students may contact faculty directly to inquire about open positions in each lab.

How to Apply

See our Admissions page to learn more about eligibility, application instructions, and application deadlines.