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, health care system design and operations, biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, and cellular‐level drug delivery, among others. 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 below.

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:

GMS 6605 Basic Medical Anatomy - 3 credits
PHC 6051 Biostatistics II - 3 credits

Additional Required Courses:

GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology - 3 credits OR
BME 6410 Engineering Physiology - 3 credits
BME 6000 Biomedical Engineering - 3 credits
BME 6931 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering II - 3 credits

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.

Please refer to the USF Catalog for complete degree requirements.