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Biomedical Engineering Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Biomedical engineering (BME) programs integrate engineering and medical principles to improve healthcare treatment and diagnosis. Undergraduate and graduate programs in BME are highly interdisciplinary and customizable to a student's interests.

Biomedical master's or doctoral degree (Ph.D.) programs can lead to careers in product development or research in academia or government laboratories, while bachelor's degree programs prepare students for entry-level careers in private or public industry. Each of these program levels are widely available at schools across the country.

Top 10 Biomedical Engineering Schools

These schools are ten of the top-ranked graduate biomedical engineering or bioegineering colleges and universities in the country as listed by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, with tuition rates from the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree $48,710
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $12,204 for in-state, $32,396 for out-of-state
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $46,704
University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's degree, Joint bachelor's and master's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $13,530 for in-state, $38,238 for out-of-state
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $46,320
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $49,241
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $13,431 for in-state, $38,139 for out-of-state
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $49,536
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $48,436
Rice University Houston, TX 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctoral degree $42,253

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School, College and University Selection Criteria

With so many options to choose from, prospective biomedical engineering students might want to consider the following factors when selecting a college or university:

  • When looking for a program, students should consider ones accredited by the ABET, the leading accreditation organization for engineering, technology, and applied science programs.
  • Some programs train students through real-world project work and clinical rotations; such hands-on experience may better prepare students for employment.
  • Internships allow students to make professional contacts, so it is important that students complete internships in the area they want to work in after graduation.
  • Programs are available that combine engineering studies with business studies in a joint M.S./M.B.A. degree or medical training and research in a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree, which can lead to increased research and employment options after graduation.

Bachelor of Science in BME

Students learn to apply math, science, and engineering principles to analyze and interpret modern problems in engineering tools. In addition to general education, students examine biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, bioimaging, systems analysis, and engineering biology. Students also typically complete a capstone design project.

Master of Science (M.S.) in BME

Students focus on interdisciplinary training in biology, medicine, and engineering, and some programs include options for business classes. Programs typically include thesis and non-thesis tracks. A bachelor's degree with adequate preparation in quantitative skills, the sciences and engineering, is required for entry. Master's degree students take courses focusing on biomaterials, artificial organs, and tissue engineering.

Ph.D. in BME

The first two years of the 72-credit Ph.D. program included advanced coursework in biology, medicine, physics, and engineering. A qualifying exam is required before advancing to candidate-status and conducting research for a dissertation. Students can enter a Ph.D. program with either a bachelor's or master's degree; course requirements are adjusted depending on a student's preparation. Some of the courses doctoral students might take include biomechanics, electrophysiology, and cell mechanics

With both graduate and undergraduate learning options at some of the nation's top schools, prospective biomedical engineers have many avenues for education. Many of these programs teach students the engineering principles and skills needed to succeed in their work through hands-on training and internship opportunities.

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