Top Genetic Engineering Schools: List of Best Programs

Learn about the top schools for studying genetic engineering. Find out about degree options, school rankings and program accreditation that makes these schools stand out.

School Overviews

The University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) and Purdue University offer the top genetic engineering programs in the country. Both schools have significant rankings and offer several options for students who want to study genetic engineering. UCLA offers master's and Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering and Purdue offers undergraduate and graduate programs in this field.

1. University of California - Los Angeles

School Highlight: Bioengineering faculty have been recognized by publications and organizations such as Popular Science Magazine and the National Institute of Health.

UCLA was ranked 25th on the U.S. News and World Report's 2011 list of best colleges nationwide. This quarter-based school system has eight graduate biomedical engineering degrees available for students interested in genetic engineering, including the Master of Science (M.S.) in Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biosystem Science and Engineering, as well as biomedical engineering fellowships. Classes focus on topics such as biomedical systems, computational cardiology and tissue engineering.

2. Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

School Highlight: Purdue tied for 6th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best engineering schools.

The Princeton Review listed Purdue University as one of the best schools in the Midwest in 2010. Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the ABET's Engineering Accreditation Commission and offers an undergraduate internship program. In addition to the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering, students can pursue a master's or doctorate degree in biomedical engineering, as well as a joint integrated M.S./Ph.D. program. Typical courses include energy dispersive x-ray analysis, experimental design, electrophysiology, biomedical imaging and polymer synthesis.

Top Genetic Engineering Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering have access to 21 distinct labs. Tempe, AZ
Ohio State University-Main Campus Students can attend events such as an Engineering Career Success Conference and an Engineering EXPO. Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Students can participate in outreach services through the Biomedical Engineering Society and research opportunities in the field. University Park, PA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The university's Department of Bioengineering recently received $100 million from the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. Champaign, IL
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Along with Purdue, U-M tied for 6th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best engineering schools. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities The engineering school offers students access to a nearby medical school, as well as 300 medical device companies in the area. Minneapolis, MN
University of Texas at Austin On its 2015 list of best engineering schools, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT-Austin in tenth place. Austin, TX
University of Washington-Seattle Campus The university tied for ninth-place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best schools offering graduate programs in bioengineering. Seattle, WA

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