Our biomedical engineering graduate program offers a remarkable breadth of research activities, as our faculty draw on a wide range of expertise, including optical sciences and bioimaging, biosystems, cardiology and surgery, sensors and implementation, and nanomedicine.

During your first year, you will establish a foundation in advanced biomedical engineering subjects with BME core courses, and you will rotate through several faculty laboratories to identify the best match for your research interests. Subsequent years will include courses in engineering, life sciences and research methods; a research seminar series; and thesis or dissertation credits. You are also encouraged to participate in clinical and industrial internships that provide experience in state-of-the-art applications of biomedical engineering.


Master of Science Requirements

The MS program is an unfunded, two-year program. All MS students must complete a minimum of 38 units of graduate credit, including the following courses:

  1. 15 units of the five biomedical engineering core courses
  2. 3 units minimum of a BME-approved ethics course
  3. 4 units maximum of BME Seminar (offered every semester)
  4. 1 unit of BME 597G: Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (lab rotations)
  5. 9 units in graduate engineering, life or physical sciences, or mathematics courses
  6. 6 units of BME 910: Thesis

The remaining units may be chosen by the student to supplement their plan of study. A final thesis defense is required.

Doctor of Philosophy Requirements

PhD students must complete a minimum of 68 units of graduate credit, and meet the UA Graduate College’s minimum units of courses in which A or B grades have been earned. Requirements include:

  1. 15 units of the core BME courses
  2. 15 units in the major
  3. 9 units minimum in the minor
  4. 3 units minimum in a BME-approved ethics course
  5. 6 units of seminar and student forum courses
  6. 2 units of BME 597G: Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (laboratory rotations)
  7. 18 units of BME 920: Dissertation

Students entering the program with a master's degree may petition to apply previous graduate coursework to the PhD requirements. The Graduate College requires that at least 30 units of graduate credit must be completed at the University of Arizona.

Specific doctoral degree requirements and examination procedures are described in the BME Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020