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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 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

Johns Hopkins University was ranked as having the top bioengineering program in 2014 and was named the 12th best national university for 2014 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 four areas of focus, including systems, cellular and tissue engineering, nanotechnology 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

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California - San Diego third among bioengineering programs and 9th among top public schools in 2014. This university's Jacobs School of Engineering offers a B.S. in Bioengineering that focuses on biotransportation, bioinstrumentation, bioelectricity, biomechanics, biomaterials and organ physiology.

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.

Good Schools for Bioengineering

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 2014. Atlanta, GA
Johns Hopkins University John Hopkins ranked #27 on U.S. News & World Report's overall list of best graduate engineering schools. Baltimore, MD
University of California - Berkeley UCB tied for seventh place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of best schools with bioengineering programs. Berkeley, CA
University of California - San Diego Students have access to the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, the Center for Molecular Genetics and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials.La Jolla, CA
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor According to U-M, the university has awarded more bioengineering graduate degrees than any other bioengineering department in the country. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pennsylvania In 2011, Penn Engineering had access to $9.83 million in research expenditures. Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin The American Society of Engineering Education ranked UT-Austin's biomedical engineering department as one of the top five largest in the country in 2010. 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 15 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellows and 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Seattle, WA

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