Biomedical engineering is a discipline that integrates the engineering sciences with biology and medicine. The field of biomedical engineering has seen a dramatic escalation in activity over the past 20 years leading to the development of a wide variety of medical devices, medical procedures, and a basic understanding of biological processes. The University of Arizona established the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) to address the increasing importance of engineering approaches in modern biomedical research and new medical technologies.
The strength of our Biomedical Engineering GIDP is derived from the breadth of research activities among our interdisciplinary faculty. Unlike traditional BME graduate programs that are contained within a single BME department, our BME GIDP is an independent program within the Graduate College of the University of Arizona. This provides opportunities for faculty members from any department to join the BME GIDP, which greatly expands the range of interdisciplinary research within our graduate program. This allows each student the freedom to design a unique program of study to meet individual career goals.
Faculty from numerous departments within the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Arts & Sciences participate in this interdisciplinary graduate program. The major research areas are Biological Imaging; Informatics and Decision Making; Musculoskeletal, Biomechanics, Robotics and Prosthetics; Biomaterials; Health and Medical Informatics Sciences; Biomedical Instrumentation; Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Small-Scale Biological Systems; Modeling, Microsensors and Simulation of Biological Systems; Neural Networks; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Mechanics and Transport; Modeling and Simulation of Health Delivery Systems.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
Financial assistance, such as assistantships, traineeships, fellowships and internships, are available according to merit and awarded on a competitive basis after review of the applicants admitted to our program.
TOEFL 600 (CBT 250)
Required test(s): GRE
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended tests: GRE
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal: 500
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 650
Minumum GRE Written: 3.0
Minimum TOEFL: 600 or greater
Program Funding available to all qualified domestic and international Biomedical Engineering graduate students:
All full-time doctoral students who are in good standing in the BME Graduate Interdisciplinary Program receive financial support in the form of an annual stipend and out-of-state tuition waiver. All first-year students accepted into the program are supported by Program funds. Beyond the first year, support is provided by the faculty advisor, using funds from research and training grants. Other sources include Graduate College Fellowships, teaching assistantships and training grants.
We currently admit students to begin our program in Fall only. Applications are only accepted between September 15th and January 6th. All application materials must be submitted by December 1 of the year preceding entrance for international applicants, and January 6th of the entrance year for domestic applicants.
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering
Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 65 units of graduate credit, and meet the Graduate College’s minimum units of courses in which regular grades (A, B) have been earned. Requirements include 12 units of the core BME courses; 15 units in the major; a minimum of 9 units in the minor; all required seminar and student forum courses (6 units of which count towards degree requirements); a minimum of 3 units in a BME approved ethics course; 2 units of laboratory rotations (BME 597G) and 18 units of BME 920 (dissertation).
Students entering the program with a M.S. degree may petition to apply previous graduate coursework to the Ph.D. degree requirements. The Graduate College requires that at least 30 units of graduate credit must be completed at the University of Arizona.
Ph.D. candidates in other disciplines may select a minor in Biomedical Engineering.
Effective fall 2017, the doctoral minor requires 9 units: 6 units of approved BME core courses (BME 511, and one of BME 516, 566, 586, or 561), and 2 units of either Research methods in Biomedical Engineering (lab rotations) or BME Independent Study.
Completion of these courses with a "B" average for the required units is necessary for granting of the minor. The doctoral student's dissertation committee should contain at least two faculty members in the BME GIDP.
|Application Acceptance Rate||24%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.5|
|Enrollment Percent Male||57%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||43%|
|Enrollment Percent International||3%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||20%|