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Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description:

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) began jointly offering a new Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2003. The objective of the program is to train students in the use of basic biomedical engineering approaches for the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The educational goals of this program are founded on the belief that the basic scientific approach is critical to the fundamental understanding of human health and the treatment of disease.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering?

  • Interfacing Engineering/Science with Medicine
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Cutting-edge technology with translational research

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate School Application: Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination

Resume: Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research experience, interests, and goals.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants): International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering Graduate:

  • Ph.D. students have the option to continue their training as a post-doc for a year or 2 after completion of the program before seeking a faculty position in an academic institution. Other students may apply for positions with the biomedical industries or the federal agencies (FDA, etc) after graduation. Graduates from our M.S. program have the option to apply to Ph.D. programs in BME or to the medical school. Like the Ph.D. students, the M.S. students may also apply for positions with the biomedical industries or the federal agencies (FDA, etc) after graduation.

Research taking place in the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program:

  • Multidisciplinary research is mostly translational, with applications in medicine. Current students in the program perform research on biomaterials, biomechanics, or bioimaging, with applications in orthopedics, cardiovascular, or neurology. Examples of current research areas of focus are tissue engineering and drug deliveries for bone and cardiovascular applications, Brain MRI, bone mechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, dental materials, biosensors, cellular engineering, and tissue-implant interfaces.

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Liang Tang, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-6557

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Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed at the UTSA Main campus, but courses are also held at UTHSCSA.
  • All Biomedical Engineering courses are offered during the day.