Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Program specialization in this Ph.D. degree may be under-taken in these areas:

  • injury biomechanics
  • bioinstrumentation
  • biomedical imaging
  • tissue engineering and biomaterials
  • systems biology and computational biology

These specializations are available to both part-time and full-time students, in either research or non-research degree programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the minimum requirements for admission into the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering are:

  1. A student seeking admission to the doctoral program must have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, or other closely related field from an accredited institution.
  2. A g.p.a. of at least 3.5/4.0 in the applicant's Bachelor's degree or a g.p.a. of at least 3.3/4.0 in the applicant's Master's degree is required.
  3. All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. An approved faculty member who agrees to be the student's PhD advisor.  The student must contact the faculty member with whom they want to work and obtain this approval before their application is considered for admission.
  6. A statement of research interests and goals.
  7. For admission and full funding consideration, please have your application completed by March 1st. Most decisions will be released by April 1st. 
  8. Current master's students in the WSU BME program must have:
    1. At least 12 earned credits in the BME courses
    2. A GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 in the BME courses
    3. An approved faculty member who agrees to be the student's Ph.D. advisor

Completion of a minimum of ninety credits beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the Ph.D. program. These credits are distributed as follows:

Core Courses
BME 5010Quantitative Physiology4
BME 5020Computer and Mathematical Applications in Biomedical Engineering4
BME 7010Functional Anatomy4
BME 8070Seminar in Biomedical Engineering1
BME 8080Doctoral Seminar in Biomedical Engineering1
BIO 5040Biometry4
or FPH 7015 Biostatistics I
Life Sciences Minor6
Dissertation Credits30
General Courses36
Total Credits90

Students must complete the General Courses in graduate coursework, in addition to the core courses and including the satisfaction of the minor in life sciences. The life sciences minor may be satisfied by the completion of six credits of course work in graduate-level life science beyond the core curriculum. The student is required to seek approval of his/her selection of courses from their doctoral advisor. At least twelve credits in general courses must be chosen from those offered by the Biomedical Engineering Program. At least thirty credits of relevant courses must be at the 7000-level or above. Up to twelve credits in directed study and research can be applied towards the degree.

An approved Plan of Work should be filed with the Office for Graduate Studies as early in the graduate program as possible. The student must have filed the Plan of Work before being recommended for candidacy status. Courses to be applied to the degree requirements must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ minus or higher.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering.

Examinations: All Ph.D. students must pass the examinations outlined below. After successful completion of the written qualifying examination, a student may be admitted to the status of doctoral candidate.

  1. Written Qualifying Examination:  All Ph.D. students are required to attempt the written qualifying examination before completion of forty-eight credits after their baccalaureate degree. Each student has two chances to pass the examination; if the exam is not passed by the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program (the option of obtaining a terminal master's degree will apply). The examination is offered once a year during the Spring/Summer semester.
  2. Proposal Defense (Oral Qualifying Examination): This examination shall be a presentation of the student's proposal for dissertation research, and will be administered by the student's Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The Oral Examination must be satisfactorily completed at least twelve months prior to the Dissertation Defense.

Dissertation requirements are satisfied by the successful completion of thirty credits of dissertation research. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses BME 9991, BME 9992, BME 9993, and BME 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. All Ph.D. students must pass the written qualifying examination and apply for doctoral candidacy before election of dissertation credits. All Ph.D. students must register for dissertation credits or doctoral candidacy maintenance status (BME 9995) for any semester in which they utilize campus facilities or consult with faculty, even though they may not be enrolled in a formal lecture course. The dissertation defense will be publicized by public notice to the academic community; at this session the candidate presents his/her doctoral research for final approval by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. A minimum of one first author peer reviewed journal publication is required before defending the Doctoral Dissertation.

For additional information, students should consult the Graduate School's regulations governing doctoral study.