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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering Boston University




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The PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at BU is a highly quantitative approach to the biomedical sciences, based on principles of engineering and physical science.

Course Requirements

Post-bachelor’s PhD students must enroll for a minimum of 64 credits. These include eight structured graduate courses (32 credits) and two semesters of Teaching Practicum (8 credits). Additional credit requirements are fulfilled with research credits, to reach the minimum total of 64. Specific course requirements include:

ENG BE 605 Molecular Bioengineering (4 cr)
ENG BE 606 Quantitative Physiology for Engineers (4 cr)
ENG BE 790 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0 cr)
ENG BE 791 BME PhD Laboratory Rotation (3 cr over two semesters)
ENG BE 792 Literature Review (2 cr)
ENG BE 801 Teaching Practicum I (4 cr)
ENG BE 802 Teaching Practicum II (4 cr)
Three BE graduate-level electives at 500 level or higher (12 cr)
Math course from approved list (4 cr)
A minimum of 12 research credits of BE 900

Post-master’s PhD students must enroll for a minimum of 32 credits and must take six approved structured courses, including BE 605, BE 606, BE 792, BE 801, BE 802, the math requirement, and two graduate-level electives (at least one BE). Each post-MS student consults individually with the Associate Chair for Graduate Programs to determine overlap of prior coursework with PhD curriculum requirements. A maximum of 12 credits of this structured coursework may be waived if equivalence is demonstrated. Students must complete a minimum of 4 research credits of BE 900.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering.

Full Time (Minimum of 64 credits for Post-bachelor's; Minimum of 32 credits for Post-master's)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,15,080) per year


02 Sep


College of Engineering

44 Cummington Mall,

Room 403,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants to the post-master’s PhD programs must have earned (or expect to earn) a master’s degree in a relevant field of study.

English Proficiency Minimum Scores Requirement: TOEFL – 90; IELTS - 7.0.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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