Doctoral Program

doctoral program

Individual Development

Our Ph.D. 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. 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. 

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. 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.