Graduate Degree Programs

Summary of Degree Offerings

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers several degrees, all of which are described in detail below.  The Ph.D. and M.S. programs are research based and require a thesis, while the M.Eng. degrees are industry based and involve an internship.  Students with a bachelor's degree and the ultimate goal of receiving a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering should apply directly to the Ph.D. program.  There is no need to complete a MS before beginning a Ph.D. degree, even if your bachelor's degree is in a non-engineering field. 

Doctor of Philosophy

With this degree option, students complete a minimum of 64 or 96 hours on their degree plans. The total number of hours on the degree plan as well as the required number of hours of formal coursework is dependent upon the student’s previous degree(s). As part of this research-intensive degree, students will write and defend a dissertation.  A Ph.D. requires a committee of four or more graduate level faculty members, including one faculty to act as the primary adviser for each candidate. Students may enter this program with a master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field. (If the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required.) Students entering with only a bachelor’s degree will be required to complete a 96-hour degree plan, and students who have earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution will only be required to complete a 64-hour degree plan.

Master of Science

Students interested in an M.S. degree complete a minimum of 32 hours on their degree plans, of which 24 hours is formal coursework. As part of this research-based degree, students are required to write and defend their final thesis.  A M.S. requires a committee of three or more graduate level faculty members, one of which must act as the primary adviser for each candidate. Students admitted into this program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field (if the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required.)  

Students with the ultimate goal of pursuing a PhD should apply directly to the PhD program.

Master of Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a M.Eng. degree in which students complete a minimum of 30 hours on their degree plans, of which 27 hours is formal coursework. Geared toward industry, students in this degree program are required to complete an internship and final project. Students admitted into this program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent field (if the degree is not in engineering, leveling courses may be required.)

ME/MBA Cooperative

In conjunction with Mays Business School, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a M.Eng./MBA degree that allows students to complete both degrees in approximately 2.5 years. This program prepares students for leadership roles in many areas of biomedical engineering and business with specific MBA training in leadership, management, human resources, teambuilding, communications, marketing, finance, accounting, strategy and technology. The program also allows for an optional self-designed specialization for the BMEN student (may require enrollment in additional semesters). The goal of the BMEN/MBA degree program is to produce leaders in biomedical engineering and business. More specific details about the curriculum and degree timeline can be found here.

Doctor of Engineering

The Doctor of Engineering degree program is administratively managed by the Academic Dean's office in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. Dr. Prasad Enjeti, associate dean for academic affairs, serves as the program's department head and, Tandilyn Morrell serves as the program's academic adviser.  More information about this degree can be found here.