Doctoral Program Resources

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering 

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida prepares individuals to contribute in this highly
interdisciplinary field both as individuals and as members of interdisciplinary teams. Graduates are prepared to solve
complex problems in areas such as diagnostic instrumentation, artificial organs, prosthetic devices, rehabilitation, and
health care system design and operations, biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering,
sensors, cellular‐level drug delivery. The doctoral Major capitalizes on USF's strong programs in Engineering and in the
Health Sciences as well as the contiguously located H. Lee. Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and the James
Haley Veterans Administration Hospital.

Admissions Information

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed

Successful applicants to the Ph.D. degree program in biomedical engineering will typically have presented the following
preferred qualifications:

  • GRE required with preferred scores: Verbal >50% percentile and Quantitative > 75th percentile and Analytical Writing > 4.0.
  • An undergraduate GPA of >3.50 (out of a possible 4.00) based on official transcripts.
  • Completion of a Master's degree in biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Evidence of sustained interest in biomedical engineering.
  • A statement of purpose and CV.
  • Three (3) Letters of recommendation.

Note: Admissions decisions will be made using multiple measures indicated above. We strongly encourage applicants to
contact specific faculty conducting research related to the student's interests. Such direct contact with individual faculty
members can greatly strengthen an application

Curriculum Requirements 

Total Minimum Hours: 90 hours
For students with an approved master's degree: 60 hours minimum post-master's
For students without a master's degree: 90 hours minimum post-bachelor's

Core courses – 15 hours
Specialization courses – 15 hours
Additional Electives or Directed Research for students without a master's degree – 30 hours
Dissertation – 30 hours

Core Courses:
A minimum of 15 credits including:

GMS 6440 3 Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410 3 Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 3 Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 3 Biostatistics II
BME 6000 3 Biomedical Engineering
6931 3 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering II

Specialization Courses:
A minimum of 15 graduate credit hours selected from one of these areas of specialization. Directed Research courses in
these areas can count as a part of these credits:
-Medical Imaging
-Rehabilitation Engineering
-Biomechanics and Biomaterials
-Cardiovascular Engineering
-Tissue Engineering

Qualifying Exam
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, preferably to be completed by the end of the second year of study. The dissertation
committee will evaluate a written dissertation proposal and an oral defense. Poor performance on the qualifying exam
based on the judgment of the Committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first
attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the Exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time
will be dismissed by the Major.