List of Top Bioengineering Schools and Universities

Learn about the best schools that offer degree programs in bioengineering. Find out about program options, school recognitions and courses used to rank these schools.

School Overviews

Universities with strong bioengineering programs can be found all over the United States, but the two best nationally ranked universities are on opposite sides of the country. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore offers undergraduate and graduate program options in bioengineering, and the bioengineering Ph.D. program is a collaboration between its top-rated medicine and engineering schools. University of California - San Diego offers undergraduate and graduate bioengineering programs.

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins University was ranked as having the top bioengineering program in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

John Hopkins ranked #25 on U.S. News & World Report's overall list of best graduate engineering schools and was named the 10th best national university for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. The Whiting School of Engineering at John Hopkins University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering with five areas of focus, including imaging, systems, cellular and tissue engineering and biomaterials, sensors and microsystems and instrumentation, and computational biology.

The 2-year Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Biomedical Engineering program focuses on medicine and engineering, and is designed for those planning to pursue medicine, research and development or doctoral study. The 1-year MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design program is for those interested in the clinical, business and technical sides of healthcare innovation.

Students earning the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering can specialize in cell and tissue engineering, bioinformatics, computational modeling, molecular and cell systems, medical imaging, systems neuroscience and cardiovascular systems. Ph.D. students are able to enroll in the School of Medicine during the first year of the program and take coursework in molecules and cells, physiology, neuroscience, human anatomy and immunology.

2. University of California - San Diego

School Highlight: Students have access to many interdisciplinary relationships including the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, the Center for Molecular Genetics and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California - San Diego second among bioengineering programs and 9th among top public schools in 2015. This university's Jacobs School of Engineering offers a B.S. in Bioengineering, a B.S. in Bioengineering: Biotechnology, a B.S. in Bioengineering: Bioinformatics, and a B.S. in Bioengineering: BioSystems.

Students studying for the M.S. in Bioengineering combine coursework with original research; graduates often go on to pursue doctoral study. A Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioengineering is available for those interested in studying the design, development, manufacturing and management of systems or products in the medical industry. The Ph.D. in Bioengineering is typically a 5-year degree program where students take classes and perform research in areas such as genomics, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and fluid mechanics.

Top Bioengineering Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Boston University The university offers the Coulter Translational Partnership (CTP) program to further collaboration between biomedical engineers and clinicians Boston, MA
Georgia Institute of Technology U.S. News & World Report ranked GIT #2 among schools with top bioengineering programs in 2015 Atlanta, GA
University of California - Berkeley UCB tied for seventh place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best schools with bioengineering programs Berkeley, CA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor The university has awarded more bioengineering graduate degrees than any other bioengineering department in the country Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania In 2013, Penn Engineering had access to $19.2 million in research expenditures Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Areas of research include cellular and biomolecular engineering, biomechanics, and computational biomedical engineering and bioinformatics Austin, TX
University of Virginia The National Research Council ranked UVa's bioengineering doctoral program #11 in the nation Charlottesville, VA
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Members of the bioengineering faculty include 21 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellows and 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering Seattle, WA

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