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IIT Kanpur-Drexel International Collaborative Graduate Programs

Dual Degree Programs: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Science (MS) (Biomedical Engineering–Drexel, & Bioengineering–IITK) Program
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MS in BME)
Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MS in BMS

Between Drexel University (United States) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)(India)

These are Drexel University’s International Collaborative Dual Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program, and Master of Science Programs with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, which is formerly known as IITK. During Master’s two-year program, the students will study the Drexel approved curriculum at IITK campus in Kanpur, India in the first year. In the second year, students land at Drexel University campus for the completion of remaining studies. The successful students would be awarded a Drexel MS degree in Biomedical Engineering or MS in Biomedical Science.

Similarly, for dual PhD (four years) Program, the students will complete required course work at host institute and continue doing research for two years, thereafter, will switch over to partnering institute to complete remaining research in next two years. The mentors and research projects, at both sides would be pre-identified and approved following respective university policies. The student’s requirement, and course credits at either institute would be transferrable, following respective institutional norms. Thus, the students would be getting the opportunities to work at two different universities, two mentors/co-mentors, and upon successful completion, will talk out with two PhD degrees in hand (BME / BMS of Drexel, and BioEngr / BioSci of IITK) (as applicable).

About Drexel University

Drexel University is consistently ranked among top 100 (82nd best Engineering School), and 15 largest private universities in the USA. Founded in 1891 and headquartered at Philadelphia, PA, Drexel now engages with students, academicians, scientists, and community around the world. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s major engines for economic development in the region. Drexel holds very high standards in education, research, and innovation; and is one of the oldest and most successful providers of online degree programs. Founded in 1961 as the United States’ first Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute, Drexel BIOMED has been recognized as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration within Drexel University. Biomedical Engineering Master’s Program of Drexel is ranked among top programs in the United States and having high diversity on campus. Drexel Biomed is also popular for their innovation and technology commercialization in this field.

About IIT, Kanpur

IITK is a public technical and research university of India, one of the first IITs, declared to be an institute of national importance, and consistently among top 5 in nation. Founded in 1959 as part of Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP), spread over 1055 acres with 108 buildings, headquartered in metropolitan city of Kanpur (India), During the first ten years of its existence, a consortium of nine US universities (namely MIT, UCB, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) helped set up IIT Kanpur's research laboratories and academic programs under KIAP. IITK is conveniently located in proximity of Lucknow (~65 km) and New Delhi (~400 km) International Airports. IITK’s Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering (BSBE) was established in 2001 with the vision of conducting cutting-edge research, education and training in biomedical and bioengineering and basic biological science is among top in India, having undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degree programs. IIT Kanpur has set up the Startup Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), aiming to aid innovation, research, and entrepreneurial activities in technology-based areas. SIIC helps business Start-ups to develop their ideas into commercially viable products. A team of students, working under the guidance of faculty members of the institute and scientists of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have designed and built India's first nano satellite Jugnu, which was successfully launched in orbit on 12 Oct 2011 by ISRO's PSLV-C18. Recently, Center for Engineering in Medicine is set up at IITK campus integrate departments of engineering, bioscience and bioengineering, sciences, medical school and hospital, cognitive science, and incubation center. Now, IITK has taken a forward step with International Graduate Education and Research in Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Science in partnership with Drexel University of Philadelphia (United States).

Application Requirements

For Candidates: During this MS in Biomedical Engineering or MS in Biomedical Science program, the students will complete a minimum 15 or more course credits at IITK (India), that are pre-approved for this program through DU-IITK project or in consultation with graduate program directors. The student needs to apply online, showing their intention to join DU-IITK Collaborative Program in the "Letter of Statement". For any additional help please contact the DU-IITK Project Director (Dr. Suresh Joshi -, Associate Director for Graduate Programs (Natalia Broz - or Associate Dean and Graduate Program Director (Dr. Andres Kriete -

The application process starts in November prior to academic year, on rolling basis and will be continued on case basis through May 15 of the proposed academic year. Apply Now.

Coursework at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering (BSBE), IITK, India

The classes eligible for credit transfer (minimum or more than 15 course credits) are taken as part of engineering curriculum for MS (BME) or Biological or other relevant science for MS (BMS) with prior approval. For details about a list of transferrable credit courses, IITK tuition, and additional information please contact DU-IITK program directors, Dr. R. Sankararamakrishnan ( or Dr. Dhirendra Katti ( or Dr. Suresh Joshi, ( (Liaison)

Coursework at Drexel University

Drexel Dragon

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Philadelphia, PA, US

For a list of mandatory and elective course of MS Biomedical Engineering, please view the Plan of Study and MS Biomedical Science, please view the Plan of Study. A minimum 30 course credits are required from Drexel. Depending upon the course student has successfully completed at IITK, the Drexel graduate director will advise about which Drexel courses the student has to take and complete. The students are advised to contact Graduate Program Director at Drexel upon admission. For additional information about this program, enquire to Dr. Suresh Joshi ( or Dr. Andres Kriete (

Overview of Program Residencies

Prior to Start: Apply directly To Drexel University or through IIT-Kanpur, BSBE portal. The application process starts in November prior to academic year, on rolling basis and will be continued on case basis through May 15 of the proposed academic year.

Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
(Sep – Jan)
(Jan – Jun)
Year 2
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
(Sep – Dec)
(Jan – Mar)
(Apr – Jun)
MS Student receives Drexel degree at graduation

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