Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

As a prospective PhD, MS or Master in Engineering student, you are looking for the best possible fit for your research interests, educational development goals, professional development goals, and preferences for academic and local communities. Let us help you discover if Biomedical Engineering at UVA is a great fit for you.

About UVA Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Degrees and Curricula

  • PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers. Graduates of the PhD program are well-prepared for careers in academia, government, and industry.

    PhD students take the 3-course "grad core" together with their cohort of BME PhD, MS and ME Students. They additionally complete 15 credit hours of advanced electives, 24 credit hours of thesis research, and a qualifying exam. They TA two courses and propose and defend a dissertation. 

    Included in the 15 credits of electives are two Elective Educational Experiences (EEEs), which begins the process of life-long learning essential to a career in Biomedical Engineering. Each EEE is the equivalent in effort to a three-credit course. EEEs can take a variety of forms, including: An industry internship focusing on a specific skill, including the BME Going Pro internship.  An online course offered through a MOOC such as Coursera.  An intense two-week short course at an institution like Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  Another graduate course at UVA.

    Graduate Handbook

    Applcation Information

  • MS

    The Master of Science (MS) includes both coursework and research, culminating in a thesis. Graduates of the MS program typically pursue careers in industry or continue their research endeavors in a Ph.D. program.

    MS students take the 3-course "grad core" together with their cohort of BME PhD, MS and ME Students.  MS students take an additional 15 credits of advanced electives and 6 credits of MS thesis research, and they defend a thesis.

    Graduate Handbook

    Applcation Information

  • Master of Engineering

    The Master of Engineering (ME) is a professional degree* designed to give students the precise set of skills and hands-on experiences that they'll need to build a successful private sector career in biomedical technology development.  The ME is a 30-graded-credit-hour, 15-month program beginning each fall. 

    ME students take the 3-course "grad core" together with their cohort of BME PhD, MS and ME Students.  They additionally complete a required sequence of courses supporting a specialization in biotechnical empathy and desigs, 12 credits of graded electives, and a major project where they develop a solution, either as an individual or part of a team, to a clinical challenge that they identify.

    BME-ME Program

    Graduate Handbook

    Applcation Information


    *Licensure Disclosure Pertaining to a Professionlal Degree

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)). 

    Upon completion of an engineering degree program which prepares graduates for licensure or certification, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s STATE AUTHORIZATION WEB PAGES to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

  • PhD Biomedical Sciences in a BME Lab (including MD/PhD)

    Among our cohort are students who are completing their PhD through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program ("BIMS") in the School of Medicine. Some are in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and others are PhD-only students in BIMS.  There are differences in the degree requirements between PhD in Biomedical Sciences through the School of Medicine and PhD in Biomedical Engineering through the Engineering School. For more information on becoming a BIMS student in a BME lab:

    BIMS at UVA

    MSTP at UVA

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Graduate Student Life

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We're a tight-knit community where graduate students thrive -- inside and outside the lab. Here is a guide to student life prepared for students by students.

BME Graduate Handbook

Here's where you will find expectations, deadlines, resources and alternatives laid out in a clear and transparent way.

Graduate Program Contacts