Biomedical Engineering - Ph.D.

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15
OTHERWISE Rolling admission. Applicants strongly encouraged to have a faculty advisor identified.

Application Checklist
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies:
  • Apply at:
  • $50 non-refundable application processing fee
  • One set of transcripts
  • Verification of english proficiency (non-native English speakers)
  • If not a US citizen and expect to obtain an F or J visa, financial information

Required by Biomedical Engineering
  • Entrance exam(s): GRE score
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL (min. 550), Internet TOEFL (79), IELTS (minimum 6.5)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of research interests
  • Resume

Biomedical Engineering at Nebraska is highly interdisciplinary, with collaboration among faculty and students from many UNL College of Engineering departments and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition, Nebraska engineering faculty and students work closely with area hospitals including Bryan LGH, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the Nebraska Heart Institute. Major emphasis is on employing engineering techniques to improve human health, by understanding both the engineering needs and the medical needs for the specific problem.

The Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program at Nebraska is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Students in the program typically have undergraduate degrees in various engineering disciplines, or from physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. To complete the Ph.D., they take 24 graduate level engineering credit hours, and at least 12 graduate level credit hours in biomedical sciences, and write a thesis. Admission to the Ph.D. program does not require a master's degree. However, a previous M.S. degree generally reduces the coursework and amount of time needed to complete a Ph.D. It also provides valuable experience in defining and managing a Ph.D research project.

Entrance Requirements

  • All students, whether or not they have a master's degree, must have a B.S. in engineering, science, or mathematics.
  • It is expected that most students will be admitted to the program under a "probationary status" until they complete the following requirements for full admission:
    • One undergraduate course in either basic biology or introductory physiology, including a laboratory experience
    • One undergraduate course generally related to the biological sciences such as anatomy, microbiology, experimental psychology, physiology, pharmacology, etc.
    • Two semesters of college physics
    • Mathematics through differential equations
    • Three semesters of junior level or higher engineering classes, one of which must be a semester of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, or solid mechanics, circuits and electronics, signal processing.
  • It is possible to waive the above prerequisite requirements by a majority vote of voting members of the field.

Students must complete the deficiency courses during the first two years of their enrollment in the program, and those courses will not be applied toward the graduate degree program.