At any level of postsecondary education, students can choose from various concentration areas within bioengineering, including biomechanics, medical imaging and molecular engineering. Students may enroll in master's or doctoral degree programs, which focus specifically on engineering, biology or medicine.
Top 10 Bioengineering Schools
These schools all offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in bioengineering or biomedical engineering. Tuition rates are for undergraduate programs, based on the 2015-2016 academic year:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees*|
|Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$48,710|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Combined Bachelor's/Masters, Master's, Doctoral||$12,204 in-state, $32,396 out-of-state|
|University of California - San Diego (Jacobs)||La Jolla, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,530 in-state, $38,238 out-of-state|
|Duke University (Pratt)||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,241|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,704|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,320|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,431 in-state, $38,139 out-of-state|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$49,536|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$48,436|
|Rice University (Brown)||Houston, TX||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$42,253|
School Selection Criteria
Students choosing a school with a bioengineering program may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Ph.D. programs are recommended for students pursuing academic faculty or advanced research positions, while certificate programs designed for a particular specialization might appeal to working professionals in specific areas of medicine, such as biomedical physiology.
- Students may seek programs that offer opportunities for collaboration, such as internships, summer programs or student associations, which may provide benefits such as financial assistance, specified research, and networking, respectfully.
- Research facilities with computer labs and up-to-date bioengineering instruments and equipment enable students to train in real-world clinical settings.
- Certificate programs may be offered online to accommodate working students' schedules; however, hands-on practice must be accomplished through the workplace.
Undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering or bioengineering may require an internship or capstone project for successful completion. Basic science courses in biology, chemistry and physics are commonly required.
Bioengineering, cardiovascular bioengineering or biomedical engineering graduate certificate programs are typically designed for students already holding bachelor's degrees in nursing, engineering, biology or health science.
Master's degree programs in biomedical engineering or bioengineering may require a thesis, capstone project or both for successful completion. However, students may have the option to choose a coursework-only program. Graduate students may also be given opportunities to instruct or mentor undergraduates. Coursework is largely determined by a student's chosen research topic.
Ph.D. programs in bioengineering or biomedical engineering require the completion of a dissertation based on independent research. Some programs require students to teach undergraduate students and complete research rotations as well. Doctoral degree programs prepare students to become college professors and research scientists.
Students can enroll in bioengineering programs at 4-year colleges and universities, typically through the college of engineering. Bachelor's degree programs prepare students to enter the field as practicing bioengineers, and they can continue on to earn a master's degree or a Ph.D.