Top Schools for Biomedical Engineering in the United States

Aug 29, 2018

Learn 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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Biomedical engineering degree programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels from several top-ranking institutions. Four of the top schools for biomedical engineering include Johns Hopkins University, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the University of California in San Diego and The University of Washington in Seattle.

Johns Hopkins, the University of California and the University of Washington 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 a Master of Science.

The following schools have high-ranking biomedical engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2017.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked second in the nation for biomedical engineering.

The Johns Hopkins' Bachelor of Science 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 of Science in Engineering with a concentration in biomedical device design and commercialization of technology is offered through the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

Successful completion of a graduate program can also lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering, as well as post-doctoral fellowships.

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

Georgia Tech is a research-based university ranked by U.S. News & World Report as number one for its biomedical engineering program.

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.

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

The University of California in San Diego's biomedical engineering school is ranked sixth 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. dual degree program. Graduate programs can lead to an M.S. or a Ph.D.; Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Ph.D./Medical Doctor (M.D.) programs are also available.

University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

U.S. News and World Report currently ranks the University of Washington as the 11th best biomedical engineering school, and the school boasts six National Academy of Engineering members.

The Department of Bioengineering offers a bachelor's degree in bioengineering, with the option of four concentrations, including an option in nano and molecular engineering. The department offers an M.S. and Ph.D. program in the field, as well as a combined B.S./M.S. degree. Unique to the school is a one-year Master of Applied Bioengineering.

Top Biomedical Engineering Schools

Here, we briefly discuss some additional top biomedical engineering schools and what their programs have to offer:

University Name Distinction Location
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 U.S. News & World Report, in 2017 Cambridge, MA
Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) building Houston, TX

Bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in biomedical engineering are available from some top ranking universities, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. All of these top programs in the field vary in the facilities and specializations they offer students.

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