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Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis option) in Biomedical Engineering

The graduate programs are open to all qualified individuals with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering or related field. Upon admission, students with degrees in related fields will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be required to take additional leveling courses. These leveling courses do not count towards the graduate degree. Generally, every graduate student should have taken:

  • 2 years of Calculus (through differential equations)
  • 1 year of Engineering Physics (calculus based physics)
  • 1 year of Biology
  • 1 year of Chemistry

Application Deadlines

  International Domestic
Fall Semester April 1 May 1
Spring Semester October 1 November 1

Admission Requirements

For M.S.:
B.S. Biomedical Engineering or related field
GPA 3.00/4.00 on last 60 hours
GRE* Current Scale: 159 (Q), 150 (V) | Prior Scale: 750 (Q), 450 (V)
TOEFL 580 (PBT), 237 (CBT), 92 (IBT)
IELTS 7.0
For Ph.D.:
B.S. Biomedical Engineering or related field
GPA 3.30/4.00 on last 60 hours (or graduate hours if already holds an M.S. degree)
GRE* Current Scale: 159 (Q), 150 (V) | Prior Scale: 750 (Q), 450 (V)
TOEFL 580 (PBT), 237 (CBT), 92 (IBT)
IELTS 7.0

*Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE. These scores represent desirable scores.

Admissions Process

Acceptance into the program is based on a competitive combination of academic background, GRE scores, recommendation letters, and the statement of purpose. US citizens, who are not competitive in all areas, may be admitted conditionally. These students will need to earn a grade of B+ or better during their first semester in order to remain in the program.

Degree Programs

Before starting the program, students need to choose from one of the following three tracks:

  • Neural, Cognitive, and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Bionanoscience and Engineering
Program Study for the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering with Thesis

The program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate work distributed as follows:

  • one (1) math course
  • one (1) statistics course
  • five (5) courses (1 core and 4 electives)
  • seminar attendance (minimum of 2 semesters)
  • nine (9) thesis/research credits
Program Study for the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering without Thesis

The program requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved coursework distributed as follows:

  • one (1) math course
  • one (1) statistics course
  • ten (10) courses (1 core and 9 electives)
  • six of the nine courses are in an area of concentration
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (with prior M.S. Degree)

The program requires a minimum of 54 credit hours of approved graduate work distributed as follows:

  • one (1) math course (beyond M.S. level)
  • seven (7) courses (all required core and the remaining electives)
  • thirty (30) credit hours of research and dissertation
  • seminar attendance (at least one semester per academic year)
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (directly from Undergraduate)

The program requires a minimum of 84 credit hours of approved graduate work distributed as follows:

  • two (2) math courses
  • one (1) statistics course
  • nine (9) courses (all required core and the remaining electives)
  • forty eight (48) credit hours of research and dissertation
  • seminar attendance (at least one semester per academic year)