BME Graduate Degree Programs

BME GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

UF BME offers several degree options to fit your career goals. Including: 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Master of Engineering (M.E.)

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Combined Degree of Master of Science and Bachelor of Science (M.S./B.S.)

Combined Degree of Medical Doctorate and Doctorate of Philosophy (M.D/Ph.D.)

We also offer Minors in Biomedical Engineering for selected majors.

A summary of our M.S., M.E., and Ph.D programs are provided below. Be sure to read the BME Guidelines (the most recent year posted) for more details on our program and curriculum.

 

Master of Science (M.S.) and Masters of Engineering (M.E.)

M.S. and M.E. programs are focused on providing advanced didactic and hands-on training in the discipline of biomedical engineering. Masters-level coursework is a shift from understanding of fundamentals to solving broader and more open-ended problems, with a focus on critical thinking and analysis. M.S. and M.E. graduates in BME have broader opportunities in biomedical engineering positions, from management to product development to research in both academia and industry.

The Masters degree program in BME is designed to provide flexibility in coursework and opportunities for hands-on training. Both the M.S. and M.E. programs with either the thesis or nonthesis options require:

  • 30 total credits
  • 10 credits in BME Core Courses
  • 6 credits of BME electives
  • 9-13 credits of Specialization Electives

This flexible course curriculum permits tailoring of coursework to the individual interests of the student. Further, Specialization Electives provide breadth and depth to their degrees. Students in our degree program have the unique opportunity to not only take graduate level courses in any of the 11 engineering departments in the College of Engineering, they can also take course in the College of Medicine. This provides a highly unique curriculum option and represents the strong synergy between our department and both the College of Engineering and College of Medicine.

For the nonthesis option, students are required to take 13 credits of Specialization Electives; however, they also have the flexibility to apply 6 of these credits towards an individual project focused on traditional academic research, clinical research, or an industry or government internship (see BME Guidelines for details).

For the thesis option, students take 9 credits of Specialization Electives and then utilize their remaining credits developing an independent research project. This provides time for the student to develop a highly innovative and robust thesis.

For students inclined towards the academic route, the nonthesis or thesis options of the degree provide the opportunity to develop a strong research component. Many students in either of these programs have been able to publish their impactful work in quality peer-reviewed journals.

For students inclined towards industry, the project provides flexibility of the student to conduct internships in either industry or government work, where they can develop an independent BME-based project.

For all BME students, our curriculum supports student’s interests in the Engineering Innovation Institute, where students can enroll in courses to count towards their Specialization Electives or even receive an Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate

Students who wish to enroll in the M.E. program must demonstrate graduation within an engineering degree from an ABET accredited university.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The University of Florida Biomedical Engineering Ph.D Program seeks to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the application of engineering principles to biomedical research in a highly translational manner. The goal of this program is to graduate independent, creative, and innovative global ambassadors to the field of biomedical engineering. Students who graduate from our PhD program go on to serve as managers of research teams, consultants to government, non-for-profit, and industrial agencies, researchers within small and large biomedical research firms, and academics and instructors.

The doctoral degree program in BME is designed to provide flexibility in coursework and time for rigorous independent research. Including:

  • 90 total credits
  • 9 credits in BME Core Courses
  • 6 credits of BME electives
  • 12 credits of Specialization Electives
  • 4 credits of Supervised Teaching

This flexible course curriculum permits tailoring of coursework to the individual interests of the student. Further, Specialization Electives provide breadth and depth to their degrees. Students in our degree program have the unique opportunity to not only take graduate level courses in any of the 11 engineering departments in the College of Engineering, they can also take course in the College of Medicine. This provides a highly unique curriculum option and represents the strong synergy between our department and both the College of Engineering and College of Medicine. Further, our curriculum supports student’s interests in the Engineering Innovation Institute, where students can enroll in courses to count towards their Specialization Electives or even receive an Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate

As you transition from didactic training to independent research, you will be supported by your Doctoral Committee. Your Doctoral Committee includes your Doctoral Supervisory Chair, and 3 other members, including on external to the department. The Associate Chair of Graduate Programs and the Departmental Chair will also serve to help mentor you along your journey. While your Supervisory Chair will take a primary role is guiding you, you should also engage the rest of your team for guidance and support as you transition from early research project development to the finalization of your definitive dissertation.

While the general academic requirements of the PhD program provides a fundamental base, we encourage our students to become engaged with their BME community, join organizations, and seek leadership positions in areas that they feel passionate about. We also serve to support our students in these endeavors, so reach out to faculty and Chairs for assistance in these opportunities.