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Graduate Studies

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.

Graduate Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Bioengineering*

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, and a specialization in cutting-edge research applications. The degree involves coursework, a candidacy exam following the first year, a comprehensive exam during the third year, and final exam upon completion of a doctoral dissertation. 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. Click here to learn more about the Ph.D. Program »

One-year, Non-thesis Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering

The non-thesis master of science degree in biomedical engineering requires the completion of 30 credit hours and is designed to be completed in one year. The program is ideal for engineers who wish to gain a deeper understanding of biomedical engineering fundamentals and to explore a number of research opportunities.

The program introduces students to a variety of research interests and provides training in medical device design, biomechanics, biomedical health systems, and more. Successful graduates are positioned to become leaders in industry or may choose to use the experience as a segue for applying to biomedical engineering doctoral programs. Click here to learn more about the M.S. Program »

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering and Doctor of Medicine Ph.D./M.D.*

The bioengineering program, in collaboration with the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, offers the opportunity for medical students to purse a program of study leading to the Ph.D. in bioengineering. The program provides the opportunity for students interested in careers in academic medicine and research to obtain the necessary training in clinical and basic sciences in a seven to eight year period. The joint-degree provides students with a knowledge of the breadth of clinical science, plus the ability to design experiments and conduct biomedical research with modern technology.

Application to the Ph.D./M.D. program is made by expressing interest in the dual degree program when applying for admission to the College of Medicine. Further information can be found on the College of Medicine website.

*Part of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Bioengineering

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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

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614