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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Bioengineering

Our biomedical engineering graduate program is a part of the Penn State Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Bioengineering. Courses are taught by faculty in the Eberly College of Science and the Colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The highly flexible, mentored curriculum includes fundamental coursework in bioengineering and a number of ancillary areas including physics, chemistry, biology, materials research, esthesiology, orthopedics and rehabilitation, and more. Our students enjoy state-of-the-art research facilities and an exclusive partnership with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The unique landscape of the bioengineering graduate program fosters learning and collaboration among students, engineers, clinicians, and professionals in the biomedical industry.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Bioengineering is an individualized plan of study that aims to provide each student with a strong foundation in traditional engineering and the life sciences, as well as a focused specialization in one or more cutting-edge research areas. The degree involves graduate coursework, a candidacy exam following the first year, a comprehensive exam in the third year, and a final defense upon successful completion of a doctoral dissertation. Full requirement details and a course map can be viewed on the Graduate Student Bulletin. Requirements for the Ph.D. program are typically completed within four to five years but vary depending on the scope of the research and individual education paths.

Program Requirements

Credits (total: 29 credits)

  1. Earned at a Penn State campus and recognized by the Graduate School (20 credits)
  2. 6 credits of bioengineering; 6 credits of life science; 6 credits of technical/quantitative/ bioengineering electives. 12 of these credits must be lecture- or laboratory-based and at the 500 level. The other 6 credits can be 400 or 500 level lecture-based courses and do not include the ethics course or colloquium.
  3. Additional credits at the 500 level in courses relevant to your research (6 credits)
  4. BIOE 590: Graduate Seminar (Register every semester until comprehensive exam is passed)
  5. BIOE 591: Ethics and Professional Development (1 credit)
  6. BIOE 600: Thesis Research (At least 6 credits)

A breakdown of the program requirements and the program timeline can be found in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Bioengineering Graduate Student Handbook.

Research Focus Areas

  • Artificial Organs
  • Biomaterials
  • BioMEMS and Nanotechnology
  • Cardiovascular Engineering
  • Cell and Molecular Bioengineering
  • Cell Signaling and Cancer
  • Mechanobiology
  • Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
  • Neuroimaging
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 semester is December 15, 2018.

How to Apply

Visit the Penn State Graduate School website and apply to the “BIOE PHD” program.

Application criteria can be found on our website at How to Apply.

Apply

Contact Information

  • William Hancock, Ph.D.
    Chair of Intercollege Graduate Program in Bioengineering
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    woh1@psu.edu
    814-865-8087
  • Jenna Sieber
    Graduate Program Assistant
    jns5431@engr.psu.edu
    814-865-8087
 
 

About

The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614