Top Schools for Biomedical Engineering in the United States

Read about biomedical engineering programs, which focus on developing and testing health and biological products. Find out what four top schools have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and get an idea of what other universities in the U.S. provide training in biomedical engineering.

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Three of the top schools for biomedical engineering include Johns Hopkins University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California in San Diego. Both Johns Hopkins and the University of California offer a full range of programs leading to a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree; students at the Georgia Institute of Technology can earn a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science.

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Johns Hopkins University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked the number one college in the nation for biomedical engineering in 2015.

The Johns Hopkins' undergraduate program in biomedical engineering provides students with a solid background in basic science and mathematics. Courses include design courses and fluid mechanics. A one-year Master's Program in Bioengineering Innovation and Design (MSE) is offered through the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. Successful completion of a graduate program can also lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering, as well as post-doctoral fellowships.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA

School Highlight: Georgia Tech is a research-based university that made U.S. News & World Report's number two slot for biomedical engineering in 2015.

The department offers a B.S. and an M.S. program. At the undergraduate level, Georgia Tech also offers a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Cooperative Plan. In this program, students take five years to complete their degree and work alongside their formal study. Graduate students may choose to pursue a degree in Bioengineering Programs which blends computer science and bioengineering.

3. University of California - San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, CA

School Highlight: The University of California in San Diego's biomedical engineering school also shared second place with Georgia Tech in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Department of Bioengineering, located in the Jacobs School of Engineering, offers four undergraduate degrees in bioengineering, bioinformatics, biotechnology and biosystems. The school also offers a unique five-year B.S./M.S. program. Graduate programs can lead to an M.S. or a Ph.D.; a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Ph.D./Medical Doctor (M.D.) program are also available.

Top Biomedical Engineering Schools

University Name Distinction Location
University of Washington Six National Academy of Engineering members Seattle, WA
Boston University Offers a post-B.S./Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering Boston, MA
University of Pennsylvania Clinical Preceptorship in Biomedical Engineering Philadelphia, PA
Stanford University M.D. program with a Scholarly Concentration in Bioengineering Stanford, CA
Duke University Robert Malkin's Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory Durham, NC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program ranked fourth by the U.S. News & World Report, in 2015 Cambridge, MA
Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) building Houston, TX
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