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  Jun 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.

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Degree Requirements College of Engineering and Computing 
Department of Biomedical Engineering   

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering requires 60 credit hours of graduate level work beyond the B.S. degree. Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree must complete 12 hours in core BMEN courses (710, 713, 720, 723), 9 hours in BMEN electives, 6 hours in BMEN or other approved electives, 1 hour in BMEN795 seminar, 1 hour in BMEN 798 seminar, 1 hour in BMEN 898, 18 hours in research (797) and 12 hours in dissertation preparation (899).

A student may transfer a master degree from another institution if approved by the Graduate Director and major professor. The student is also allowed to transfer from an institution where no degree was obtained with the approval by both the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Graduate School. The course work must be relevant to the current degree and have content and level of instruction equivalent to that offered by the University’s own graduate degree programs.

Each Ph.D. student must select a research advisor during the first semester after admission to the doctoral program. After a Ph.D. student passes the admission to candidacy examination, an advisory committee of no less than four members will be selected. The committee must include the department chair and one outside member. Doctoral students must pass the comprehensive examination before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program (not including summer terms). Students should consult the graduate director for information on the format and subjects of the admission to candidacy and comprehensive examinations. Prior to graduation, each Ph.D. student must submit at least three papers for publication in peer-reviewed technical journals. Other requirements pertaining to the comprehensive examination, dissertation examination, and final submission of the dissertation conform to the general regulations of The Graduate School.

Under extenuating circumstances, students may seek relief from departmental degree regulations by written petition to the graduate director.

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