List of Top Medical Engineering Schools and Universities

Lean about medical engineering programs at three top-ranked universities. Read about course and degree options, school rankings and research resources at these schools.

Some of the top-ranking institutions in the country offer medical engineering degree programs to interested students. Explore a few of these schools and learn what makes their programs stand out from others.

School Overviews

Medical engineering, also called bioengineering or biomedical engineering, programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels at top universities in the nation. Some of the best schools for studying this field are Harvard University, the University of Washington - Seattle and Arizona State University. While these schools are all over the country, they offer multiple degree options in this field. Learn more about these U.S. News & World Report top-ranking schools and their programs.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Biomedical engineering at Harvard allows students to study and gain scientific knowledge in order to keep up-to-date with modern-day technologies in the field.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University as the #2 school in the country in 2017. The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers biomedical engineering programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels, in addition to a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Courses in Harvard's biomedical programs cover topics in the art and science of medicine, diseases of the nervous system, human physiology, quantitative physiology and clinical approach to the human brain. Harvard's medical engineering resources include the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, which is a place where students can engage with research in the field.

University of Washington in Seattle, WA

School Highlight: Bioengineering at the University of Washington focuses on solutions to the modern-day challenges of health, medicine and biology.

The University of Washington's bioengineering department offers bachelor's, combined bachelor's/master's, master's and Ph.D. programs in bioengineering. Classes cover topics in medical devices, biosensors and biomaterials, medical diagnostics and medical sciences. The university ties for #54 on U.S. News & World Report's top national universities in 2017.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

School Highlight: The school houses more than 20 specialized bioengineering research lab and centers.

Arizona State ranks first in U.S. News & World Report's list of most innovative schools for 2017. ASU's School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. Programs are flexible to allow students to pursue various areas of interests, such as engineered gene networks or brain machine interfaces.

Top Medical Engineering Schools

The following institutions also offer top medical engineering programs:

  • Florida State University's graduate biomedical engineering program in Tallahassee stresses cell and tissue engineering.
  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, ranked #1 among graduate schools offering bioengineering programs in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, ranked tied for #2 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top graduate bioengineering schools in 2017.
  • Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette, IN, has graduate students who receive full funding, contingent upon their qualifications.
  • Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, offers a M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering that is available online, both full- and part-time, and with fall and spring entry.
  • The University of California-San Diego, located in La Jolla, CA, ranked #4 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top graduate bioengineering schools in 2017.
  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor does not require an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering to apply for graduate study in the field.
  • The University of Wisconsin in Madison provides students of engineering the option of joining more than 50 engineering-affiliated student organizations.

Students interested in pursuing a medical engineering degree program at the undergraduate or graduate levels can study at several top-ranking institutions, including Harvard University. These top schools offer various programs that can be distinguished by their specializations, student organizations and more.

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