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
- 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.
| Required Degree
||An undergraduate or master’s degree.
| Other Degree Requirements
|| A major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering physics, chemistry, biology or mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance. Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit (except research and thesis hours) toward their doctoral degree.
Application Requirements: *The BME program is a joint program with UT Health and will require official GRE and TOEFL scores to move forward with the application process.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
|| Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
| Statement of Purpose
|| Statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals.
| Test Scores*
||General GRE, not older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants*
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.
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.