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Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

The degree is awarded in recognation of a high level of mastery in subject matter and a significant original research contribution in biomedical engineering. The PhD recipient will be capable of a continuing effort toward the advancement of knowledge and achievement in research and other scholarly activities and may pursue a career in a medical, an industrial or an academic environment.

72 credit hours
Qualifying examination (written and oral)
Thesis research proposal/comprehensive examination
Dissertation and oral defense

A minimum of 72 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Students who have received an M.S. degree from another university may petition for transfer of up to 32 credit hours applicable toward the Ph.D. degree. Students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination within the first year of full-time Ph.D. studies. This is a written and oral examination intended to explore both the depth and breadth of the student s academic abilities. Within two and one-half years of matriculation, students will be required to defend their thesis research proposal (comprehensive examination). A written dissertation and oral defense are also required for receiving the doctoral degree. Dissertation format and deadlines are established by the Graduate College.

There are no specific courses that are required for the doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. However, a minimum of three courses in life science, three courses in mathematics, and six courses in biomedical engineering or other engineering-related courses are required. The specific courses selected to meet these requirements will depend on the entering qualifications of the student and the nature of the thesis research proposal. In general, the student's thesis committee will determine the specific courses requirements necessary for graduation.

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

A minimum total of 32 credit hours is required for this degree of which at least 24 credit hours must come from coursework; 6-8 credits of research are required.
This degree requires completion of a written dissertation and a subsequent oral defense of it before an approved Master thesis examination committee

General course requirements include:

BME 500 – Written & oral communication for BME
BME 553 – Quantitative Human Physiology
BME 533 – Statistics for Biomedical Engineers (or equivalent)
2 Life Science and/or Advanced Mathematics Courses
3 Engineering/Computer Science courses (of which at least 2 of these must be BME courses)

Admission Criteria: Because the M.S. degree requires the time and frequently the resources of a faculty mentor to be available in order to adequately execute the research component of the degree, the BME Department will admit candidates who not only have the credentials suitable for this degree but for which a department faculty member consents to serve as the candidate’s research mentor.

Master of Biomedical Engineering

A minimum total of 30 credit hours is required for this degree.
There is no required or optional thesis for this degree

General course requirements include:

BME 500 – Written & oral communication for BME
BME 553 – Quantitative Human Physiology
BME 533 – Statistics for Biomedical Engineers (or equivalent)
2 Life Science and/or Advanced Mathematics Courses
5 Engineering/Computer Science courses (of which at least 2 of these must be BME courses)

Admission Criteria: Candidates should have prior technical coursework that will provide proficiency in areas that are relevant to the field of biomedical engineering.