Our M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering are awarded through the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Under the guidance of BME faculty advisors, students plan a course of study in one of six concentrations.

All Concentrations

  • Information on all concentrations can be found in the BME Graduate Curriculum document.
  • Students complete a course plan of study at the start of their graduate studies, following the Curriculum. The Plan of Study form can be found in the Graduate Forms list. Students’ classes can change from their original plan of study while they are a student, but their final M.S. courses ultimately must meet the overall guidelines as outlined in the Curriculum.
  • As described in the Curriculum, M.S. and Ph.D. students may participate in Directed Research for credit, through BIOMEDE 590. Guidelines for Directed Research are also found on the Graduate Forms list.
  • Ph.D. Pre-Candidate students must complete the Qualifying Exam prior to being granted Ph.D. Candidacy. This typically occurs after two years if entering the program without an M.S., or after one year of entering with an M.S. Further information on the Qualifying Exam can be found in the Graduate Forms list.
  • Special circumstances for a student’s Curriculum will be considered via petition. See the Graduate Forms lists for the Petitions we offer.

PhD Requirements

Once students complete the master’s-degree requirements outlined in the BME Graduate Curriculum, they take a minimum of nine additional graded credit hours directly related to their PhD research. These 9 credit hours are decided upon by the student and their research advisor.

Information on policies for academic probation and dismissal for Ph.D. students can be found on the Forms list.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are as diverse as the research areas of our faculty, who come not only from the College of Engineering and the Medical School, but also from: