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Biomedical Events

BME Seminar: “Resources for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Where to Go and Who to See” by Donna Cyr & Karen Woodward
Apr 3 2015
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Engineering Events

School of Engineering Career Fair
Apr 1 2015
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Badges, Points and More - Engaging the Next Generation of CHEG Students
Apr 2 2015
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Spring 2015 Graduate Professional Workshop - Leadership: Basic Skills and Competencies
Apr 8 2015
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MEM Annual Banquet
Apr 8 2015
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Master of Engineering Information Session
Apr 14 2015
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Doctoral Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering

Applicants to the Ph.D. program are expected to demonstrate outstanding ability and to show, based on their record of previous scholarship and experience, that they are likely to do superior creative work in their respective fields. Holding a master’s degree from this or any other institution does not render the applicant automatically admissible to a doctoral program. In general, doctoral applicants must meet all admission requirements for the BME M.S. degree and must present evidence that they are capable of doing independent work of distinction. Exceptional students with a B.S. degree may be directly admitted into the BME Ph.D. program.

A minimum of 15 credits of advanced course work, beyond the M.S., are required for the Ph.D. Additionally, 15 credit hours of GRAD 6950 “Doctoral Dissertation Research” are required.

A minimum of 30-33 credits including 24 credits of advanced course work, beyond the B.S., are required for the Ph.D. Additionally, 15 credit hours of GRAD 6950 “Doctoral Dissertation Research” are required.

For complete details on ALL requirements, please read the BME Graduate Program Handbook.

Minimum Requirements for PhD

Without Master’s


With Master’s

24 credits

Course Credits

15 credits

3 engineering, 1 life science, additional courses in consultation with major advisor

Core Courses

3 engineering, 1 life science, additional courses in consultation with major advisor

15 credits (GRAD 6950)

Research Credits

15 credits (GRAD 6950)

6 credits (independent studies, additional courses, Seminar)


2 Seminar credits

Two, one accepted


Two, one accepted

Based on core course performance

Qualifying Exam

MS and/or core course performance

Dissertation Proposal

General Exam

Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Defense

Final Exam

Dissertation Defense

*All BME PhD students are required to take at least two semesters of the Graduate BME Seminar.  PhD students are required to present their work during these seminars. These credits hours will be counted toward the total credit requirements but not towards advanced course credits. 

Under the Ph.D. curriculum, students must take a minimum of three engineering courses and a minimum of one life science course to satisfy graduation requirements. You will work with your major advisor and advisory committee to select the additional courses that fit the definitions below and are most relevant to your career goals. 

Life Sciences Courses- To help integrate biology into your engineering experience, we require that you take at least one life science course recommended on the BME course website at http://www.bme.uconn.edu/tracks-and-coursework.php. Courses are typically selected from anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology or biophysical chemistry, but are not limited to these areas. 

Engineering Courses- An engineering course should be any engineering course recommended on the BME Course Track List at http://www.bme.uconn.edu/tracks-and-coursework.php. 

Elective Courses- Graduate level courses which will be selected in consultation with the Major Advisor in the area related to the student’s research.

Advisory Committee

The advisory committee is formed after consultation between the major advisor and the student.  This committee must include, in addition to the major advisor, at least two Biomedical Engineering graduate faculty members.  In addition to the three or more members chosen in the usual way, another member, ordinarily a member of the graduate faculty outside the student’s field of study but in a related field may be appointed by the Dean of theGraduateSchool.  

Degree programs are planned by the advisory committee after consultation with the student.  The advisory committee may require more than the required minimum  credit hours of course work beyond the BS or M.S. degree based on the academic credentials of the student (i.e., the student enters the program without a Biomedical Engineering degree and/or life science background) or adds courses to address the student’s research focus.  The advisory committee should be formed before the student has completed twelve credits of degree program course work and shall then supervise the remainder of the student’s degree program. 

Biomedical Engineering Program Publication Requirement

Two journal papers must be submitted to a leading Biomedical Engineering journal before graduation (with at least one of them having gone through the review cycle favorably). 

Research Requirement
Research required for the doctoral degree in biomedical engineering involves the use of advanced engineering techniques for the solution of a biological or medical problem. Ph.D. candidates must submit at least two journal papers to a leading BME journal before graduation, with at least one of them having gone through the review process favorably. Note that the journal submissions must be full papers, with two short papers the equivalent of a full paper.

Industrial Engineering Internship
The industrial internship offers an in-depth, vigorous, industrial experience that complements the engineering expertise gained in the classroom. Students in the industrial internship can earn an MS and Ph.D degree. Companies located throughout New England participate in the program. The primary objectives of this industrial internship program are to provide: exposure to the industrial workplace; the opportunity to apply engineering knowledge and expertise to a variety of industrial projects; and the opportunity to interact with a variety of industrial work groups, including administrators, engineers, and technicians. Additional details are contained in the BME Graduate Program Handbook.

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