Apr 24, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024 
Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024

Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.

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Matriculation into the doctoral program is based upon prior demonstration of a high level of academic achievement in graduate and/or undergraduate work. Advanced study and research are conducted under the guidance of a faculty member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and an interdisciplinary committee. A total of 72 credits (21 course work credits minimum, consisting of 7 courses, and the remainder research credits) satisfy both the Department’s and the Institutes’ residency and thesis requirements. At least 3 BME classes at the 6000 level are required for the coursework and no more than two classes at the 4000 level can be included. Additionally, one course in the life sciences (biology or physiology) and one course in advanced math/statistics are required. In consultation with their adviser, students must develop a Plan of Study that satisfactorily meets Institute requirements and Departmental requirements.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to meet the Institute’s minimum academic requirements. Additionally, advancement to Doctoral Status requires a 3.3 GPA at the time of the advancement.

Please note that students entering with a B.S. have no more than seven years to complete their Ph.D. Students who entered the program with a Master’s have no more than five years to complete their Ph.D.

Student can earn a M.S. degree while they are studying towards their doctoral degree without delaying their progress towards the Ph.D. Once all PhD course work requirements have been met, the candidancy passed and a manuscript has been submitted, you will be eligible to earn a M.S. degree.  

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • make original contribution(s) to the discipline of BME.
  • demonstrate creative and independent thinking.
  • identify new research opportunities in the field of BME.
  • demonstrate efficient communication skills across multiple disciplines spanning from engineering to biomedical science.
  • display high ethical standards, especially in the context of human health.

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