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Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program


Doctoral students are admitted on two levels: Post Baccalaureate or Post Master's PhDs. Students who have completed only a Bachelor's degree are admitted as Post Baccalaureate and students who have earned a prior MS degree may be admitted as Post Master's PhD students at the discretion of the admission committee.


To be awarded the PhD, post baccalaureate students must complete 90 credits. Post master's students must complete a total of 45 credits. All students are required to satisfy the MS core courses as listed in the table below except those students who have taken these courses during their MS studies at Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.

All the requirements of the Master's degree program below are incorporated into the Post Baccalaureate Doctoral Program with exception of the Master's thesis. Doctoral students must pass successfully a "candidacy examination" at the end of the first year of their study, but no later than the end of the second year. After the student has passed the candidacy examination, he or she is named a Doctoral Candidate. Candidates must submit a Thesis Proposal by the end of the second year and give an oral presentation to a committee of five professors. Once the student has successfully completed his or her research and has written a thesis according to the guidelines specified by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies he or she must give an oral presentation of his or her accomplishments and defend the thesis.

For a more detailed description of the PhD requirements, please visit the PhD Program Guidelines page.

Curriculum & Coursework

BMES 501 Medical Sciences I 3.0 Credits
BMES 502 Medical Sciences II 3.0 Credits
BMES 503 Medical Sciences III 3.0 Credits
BMES 672 Biosimulation I 3.0 Credits
BMES 672 Biosimulation II 3.0 Credits
BMES 864 Seminar x Three terms 0.0 Credits

Areas of Specialization

The graduate program of the School does not offer concentration areas in sub-disciplines. However, students can plan their own concentration of courses that will give them strength in a particular sub-discipline. The areas of specialization of the School's faculty from which students can learn and participate in research are:

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials and tissue Engineering is designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications.

Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering

Biomechanics and human performance engineering is designed to meet two objectives: to acquaint students with the responses of biological tissues to mechanical loads as well as with the mechanical properties of living systems and to provides the students with the background and skills needed to create work and living environments which improve human health and enhance performance. Biomechanics and Human Performance also involves the study of orthopedic appliances and the broader aspect of Rehabilitation Engineering and the Management of Disability.

Biomedical Systems and Imaging

Biomedical systems and imaging focuses on the theoretical and practical issues related to machine vision, image processing and analysis, and signal processing associated with such medical applications as well biomedical instrumentation and product development.


This specialization emphasized a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided students with hands-on experience in the application of genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering as well as experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics.


Neuroengineering is broadly defined to include the modeling of neural and endocrine systems, neural networks, complexity in physiological systems, evolutionary influences in biological control systems, neurocontrol, neurorobotics, and neuroprosthetics.

Neuroengineering at Drexel

Biomedical Technology Development

This concentration area and certificate program aims to provide engineers with the comprehensive education and training necessary to succeed in careers in business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies involving biomedical technology development. The concentration area in Biomedical Technology Development is a professional degree program and follows the School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciecnce and Health Systems' established procedures for a non-thesis option master's degree. Students interested in this concentration should develop a plan of study in consultation with the concentration coordinator, Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, before the beginning of the second term. The electives should also be chosen in consultation with the concentration coordinator.

Graduate Admissions

For more information about the application, financial aid, cost of study, and length of the program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

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