Engineering, Biomedical (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

The Biomedical Engineering Department offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in biomedical engineering. Our programs are flexible and affordable options for students dedicated to advancing healthcare and medicine through the understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury and disease. Our curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, exposing students to faculty from each specialization and fostering theoretical and practical experience from many different perspectives. Funding is offered in the form of teaching, research and graduate assistantship stipends. In many cases teaching assistantships include health insurance and a tuition scholarship. Other funding resources are also available.

As one of only 150 biomedical engineering programs in the country, our curriculum is designed to prepare students for academic or industry careers related to medical technology as well as entrepreneurial pursuits in the healthcare field. Other than core classes and electives, master’s students are required to undertake a research thesis project with the guidance of a faculty advisor. Doctoral students are expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their field of study.

Prospective students can learn more about the program curriculum here.

A 4+1 BS + MS degree is also available.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  • MS in Biomedical Engineering

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Biomedical engineering graduate students have access to resources such as the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center. Incubator space and technology transfer support are also available to students interested in pursuing new ventures. For the graduate seminar that includes the Biomedical Engineering Lecture Series, the department invites several distinguished guest speakers in the field to discuss their research.

The curriculum allows students space to explore specialties and orient their research in specific areas of interest throughout their course of study. Past research areas of interest include 3D bioprinting, biomaterials, nanomedicine and stem cells. A local chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society has also been established. Watson Career and Alumni Connections offers professional advice and services such as interview guidance, cover letter critiques and networking opportunities.

After You Graduate

Alumni of the program have pursued careers in both the public and private sectors for organizations including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Graduates have also pursued doctoral positions in acclaimed institutions such as Boston University Medical Center, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Visit the department website for more alumni career paths.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
    • MS Applicants: An undergraduate major in engineering is desirable for admission.
    • PhD Applicants: An MS in engineering is expected, but a degree in another field does not preclude admission.
  • Personal statement of no longer than 1 page describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
    • Master's students: GRE scores are optional
    • Doctoral students: GRE scores are strongly recommended
    • GRE scores are strongly recommended for master's and doctoral students who want to be considered for a graduate assistantship (TA/GA/RA)

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2023 application cycle.

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.


Degree Fall Spring
Biomedical Engineering (PhD)Rolling (January 15 Funding)Rolling (October 1 Recommended)
Biomedical Engineering (MS)Rolling (January 15 Funding)Rolling (October 1 Recommended)

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Engineering, Biomedical website.