Graduate Programs Overview
The Ph.D. program is designed to nurture the next generation of leaders in biomedical engineering for the university and industry. Flexible degree requirements allow the student to balance breadth and depth, and to develop a research plan best suited to his/her career goal.
Ph.D. students start thesis research soon after matriculation. A rigorous review system monitors the progress to facilitate timely completion in 4-5 years for students without an M.S. degree, and in as short as 3 years for students with a relevant M.S. degree. All Ph.D. students are supported with full financial aid that covers tuition and stipend. The Department also participates in a joint M.D.-Ph.D. Program with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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The M.S. program, built upon the interdisciplinary, collaborative culture of Carnegie Mellon University, provides an ideal opportunity for career advancement in biomedical engineering or transitions from other disciplines into biomedical engineering.
The large degree of flexibility and a wide choice of research advisors allow M.S. education to be tailored according to the student's professional goals, from R&D in biotechnology, healthcare, to university faculty. Students may choose between the traditional Research-Option M.S. program and the accelerated Practicum-Option M.S. program. If choosing the practicum option, a practicum course can provide opportunities for clinical exposure at local hospitals. It may also be combined with programs in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management or Technology Ventures to form a dual M.S. program. Students wishing to enter Carnegie Mellon's Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering must reapply and compete with the general pool of Ph.D. applicants.
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