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.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

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.