Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

What Do Biomedical Engineers Do? Biomedical engineering (BME) combines engineering principles and methodology with physical, chemical, and mathematical sciences to solve problems in biology, medicine, behavior, and human health. Biomedical engineers are employed by pharmaceutical industries, government agencies, biomedical product companies, universities, medical center labs, and emerging high-tech industries. Due to their multidisciplinary backgrounds, biomedical engineers have diverse research interests, often acting as liaisons between technological and clinical communities. 

Graduate Alumni Achievement: Our alumni pursue medical degrees, complete medical residencies at places such as University of Pittsburgh or Harvard Medical School, conduct post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins, hold faculty positions at the University of Puerto Rico, work in research and development for companies such as General Electric and Siemens, and supervise research at institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Graduates of our programs hold titles ranging from orthopaedic or vascular surgeon to research scientist; chief information officer to anesthesiologist; professor to senior project engineer. 

Graduate Degrees Offered: The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Handbook describes our research-based Master of Science (MS) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with over 90 faculty mentors to choose from within Colleges such as Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. Students also may pursue a course based non-thesis MS that offers breadth in the field or a more specialized Medical Product Design non-thesis MS; and the MD/PhD (MSTP) degree administered jointly through the College of Medicine and the Graduate School. The combined BS/MS program is an option for high-achieving Ohio State undergraduates. 

Thinking of Applying to one of our Graduate Programs? The Department of Biomedical Engineering is home to students from around the world. Our small but diverse community of graduate students is a source of comfort within a large campus. The vast majority of students apply for the Autumn semester. In Autumn, more funding opportunities are available; large orientation and student activity fairs and welcome week events are held; and students can enroll together in introductory BME courses as a cohort. Spring start is also an option, often to accommodate graduation delays and special cases.  

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines for Autumn (mid-August) Semester

For PhD* admission & the majority of funding opportunities
Nov 30 - Deadline for International applicants
Dec 15 - Deadline for Domestic applicants

For admission to MS (self-funded)
May 1 - Deadline for Spring (January) Semester


Deadlines for Spring (January) Semester**

For MS or PhD* admission
Oct 1 - Deadline for International applicants (recommended also for Domestic applicants) 

*Please note that PhD admission in either Autumn or Spring semester depends on finding a research and funding match.