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 Ph.D. 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. Ph.D. graduates will have the ability to evaluate difficult life sciences-related issues and create solutions for the future.
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.
Students admitted to the program without a master's degree are required to take a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of organized coursework. A minimum of 24 semester credit hours must consist of BMEN or BMEN cross-listed courses.
The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (B.M.E.N.) is awarded primarily to acknowledge the student's success in an original research project, the description of which is a significant contribution to the literature of the discipline. Applicants for the doctoral program are therefore selected by the Biomedical Engineering Program Graduate Committee on the basis of research aptitude, as well as academic record. Applications for the doctoral program are considered on an individual basis.
The following are guidelines for admission to the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering:
Bachelor's or master's degree in engineering or one of the natural sciences.
A grade point average in graduate coursework of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 point scale.
Students admitted to the program without a master's degree are required to take a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of organized coursework. A minimum of 24 semester credit hours must consist of B.M.E.N. or B.M.E.N. cross-listed courses.
An overall grade point average of 3.33 or better on a 4.0 point scale for students entering without a master's degree.
GRE revised scale scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program. These verbal (V) and quantitative (Q) scores are equivalent to 520 (V) and 720 (Q) on ETS's prior GRE scale.
See also UT Dallas requirements for English proficiency.
Applicants must submit an essay or Statement of Purpose describing the motivation for doctoral study and how it relates to their professional goals, area of research interest, and potential supervising professor. Students are encouraged to directly contact faculty about research opportunities and their willingness to serve as their supervising professor.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the student's record and are able to competently judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing doctoral study in biomedical engineering are required. Letters may be submitted by recommenders on official school or business letterhead in sealed envelopes or by using the electronic UT Dallas Letter of Recommendation Form available on the UT Dallas Graduate Application for Admission.
For students who are interested in a Ph.D. but are unable to attend school full-time, there is a part-time option. The guidelines for admission to the program and the degree requirements are the same as for full-time Ph.D. students.
All students must have a supervising professor and an approved plan of study.
UT Dallas encourages applicants to submit their application and supporting documents as early as possible to be considered for admission to a graduate program. Applicants must submit their application and supporting documents by the deadlines below.
Early Application and Documentation Deadline
Regular Application and Documentation Deadline
Late Application and Documentation Deadline
Day prior to Classes begin
Day prior to Classes begin
Summer (11-week session)
Day prior to Classes begin
75 semester credit hours minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree
Each program for doctoral study is individually tailored to the student's background and research objectives by the student's dissertation committee.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 75 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Required courses for the Ph.D. program include:
BMEN 7188 Advanced Seminars in Biomedical Engineering1
BMEN 8188 Advanced Seminars in Biomedical Engineering III
BMEN 7340 Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis
BMEN 7387 Independent Scientific Research in Biomedical Engineering
BMEN 7088 Departmental Seminar in Biomedical Engineering
The dissertation committee or supervising professor can require additional courses. Neither a foreign language nor a minor is required for the Ph.D.
All students entering the Ph.D. program with a master's degree must complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of BMEN or BMEN cross-listed graduate-level courses with an overall 3.33 GPA or higher. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program without a master's degree must complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours, and 24 semester credit hours must be BMEN or BMEN cross-listed courses. An overall GPA of 3.33 GPA or higher is required.
Students are required to have a supervising professor upon entry to the Ph.D. program and to develop an approved plan of study during the first long semester.
Also required are:
A qualifying examination to demonstrate competence in the Ph.D. candidate's research area. Admission to Ph.D. candidacy is based on two criteria: graded performance in the Qualifying Exam and GPA in graduate-level organized courses. All students entering the Ph.D. program must pass the Qualifying Exam within 2 long semesters. A student has at most two attempts to pass the Qualifying Exam which is given once during each fall and spring semesters.
Formation of the Dissertation Committee upon successful completion of the qualifying exam. The Dissertation Committee must be formally approved by the department head and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education.
A written dissertation proposal and defense of the dissertation proposal. After the student's Dissertation Committee is formally approved, the student submits a written dissertation proposal to the Dissertation Committee. After the proposal is approved by the Dissertation Committee, the student defends the dissertation proposal. A student has at most two attempts to successfully complete the dissertation proposal defense.
Completion of a major research project culminating in a dissertation, demonstrating an original contribution to scientific knowledge and engineering practice. The dissertation is defended publicly. The rules for this defense are specified by the Office of Graduate Studies.