Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Programs Overview

Ph.D. Program

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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M.S. Program

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 BME M.S. - Research program and the accelerated BME M.S. – Applied Study program. If choosing the BME M.S. – Applied Study program, a practicum course can provide opportunities for clinical exposure at local hospitals. It may also be combined with programs in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management 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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Why I Picked BME at Carnegie Mellon?


We are not just predicting the future. We are making the future happen. That’s why CMU attracts the best and the brightest undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. CMU is where students and faculty work together to create the future biomedical technologies that improve people’s lives.

Explore the Uniqueness of BME at CMU.

BME graduate programs are designed to provide advanced education to students of diverse science or engineering backgrounds.

Carnegie Mellon and sister institutions in the Pittsburgh area provide an unusually rich environment for collaborative research.

BME graduate students enjoy the opportunities to interact broadly with the faculty and students across disciplines.