Biomedical Engineering

Degree Types: MS, PhD

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program centers on engineering methods for studying biological and physiological processes and the application of concepts to medical problems.

Research areas include Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Imaging and Biophotonics, and Neural Engineering. Graduate study in biomedical engineering is conducted in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Feinberg School of Medicine, and The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.

The MS-only program is designed to produce graduates who are qualified to fill positions in research and development or pursue further education. Graduates may expect to seek employment on the research staffs of engineering schools, medical schools, hospitals, industrial firms, and government laboratories.

We have three different Master's programs all of which lead to an MS (switching between these programs, once started, requires approval of the Director of the MS Program):

  1. Master's degree without thesis
  2. Master's degree with thesis
  3. A combined BS/MS program with or without Master's thesis

Completion of the Master's degree program may take as little as three quarters, if done without a thesis. With a thesis, a typical time for completion would be two years.

The PhD program provides a solid foundation in engineering and life sciences. It is designed to produce graduates who can lead research and development programs at the highest levels in industry, academia, and national laboratories.

See Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.

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