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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.

Bioengineering schools can usually be found within the engineering departments of many colleges in the United States. Below are highlighted some of the best bioengineering schools in the nation.

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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 and Boston University both offer undergraduate and graduate bioengineering programs. According to their high rankings from the U.S. News & World Report, these are considered some of the top schools for bioengineering.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins University was ranked as having the top bioengineering program in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.

John Hopkins ranked #21 on U.S. News & World Report's overall list of best graduate engineering schools and was named the 10th best national university for 2017 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.

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.

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 fourth among bioengineering programs and 10th among top public schools in 2017. 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.

Boston University in Massachusetts

School Highlight: Boston University in Massachusetts offers the Coulter Translational Partnership (CTP) program to further collaboration between biomedical engineers and clinicians.

In 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston University tied for 9th in bioengineering programs in the nation. Undergraduate degrees are offered at Boston University and melds technical training with an open curriculum including life sciences, systems physiology and research theory. Graduate students will work in one of the most honored programs in the world, ranked 11th in world employability and 7th in the U.S. On top of this the 35 faculty members have brought in an estimated $23 plus million in outside research funding. The department offers 16 degrees and concentrations from a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering to PhDs in several areas.

Top Bioengineering Schools

The following graduate schools offer excellent programs highly ranked in bioengineering degrees.

  • Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA according to U.S. News & World Report is ranked #2 among schools with top bioengineering programs in 2016.
  • University of California in Berkeley is tied for sixth place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of best schools with bioengineering programs.
  • The University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor has awarded more bioengineering graduate degrees than any other bioengineering department in the country.
  • Philadelphia is home to the University of Pennsylvania where in 2013, Penn Engineering had access to $19.2 million in research expenditures.
  • The University of Texas at Austin offers areas of research include cellular and biomolecular engineering, biomechanics, and computational biomedical engineering and bioinformatics.
  • University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, VA houses the National Research Council ranked UVA's bioengineering doctoral program which has been ranked #11 in the nation.
  • The University of Washington at the Seattle campus holds members of the bioengineering faculty include 25 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellows and 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering.

While John Hopkins, UC-San Diego and Boston University take the top spots of our highlights of bioengineering schools in America, there are many other excellent schools offering degrees from a Bachelor of Science to PhDs in a variety bioengineering fields. Some of these schools, like John Hopkins, also offer these degrees in biomedical engineering as well.

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