Graduate Studies

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Left: Musculoskeletal modeling and simulation of gait. Right: Cells patterned via microcontact printing of extracellular matrix proteins.

The VCU Department of Biomedical Engineering offers programs at the master’s and doctoral level. All doctoral students are fully funded with competitive stipends. Biomedical engineering at VCU provides in-depth study in a variety of specialization areas including:

  • Biomaterials

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering

  • Computational Physiology

  • Convergence

  • Haptics

  • Man-machine interfaces

  • Mechanobiology of Disease

  • Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

  • Regenerative Medicine

  • Rehabilitation and Human Factors Engineering

Curriculum

VCU’s graduate programs in biomedical engineering allow students to participate in cutting-edge research in one of the nation's most advanced engineering facilities.

The department has ongoing collaborations with industry, federal labs, science departments throughout VCU’s Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus, the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park and biomedical and clinical programs throughout the VCU Medical Center.

Master of Science Curriculum

This is designed as a two-year program leading to the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Each Master of Science student must successfully complete a thesis describing his or her individualized research project. Upon successful completion of the examination and thesis, the student may apply for graduation from VCU with the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

Doctoral Curriculum

This is designed as a three-year program leading to the Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Upon completion of all coursework and the intended research, a doctoral student must prepare a dissertation describing the completed research. Upon successful completion of the defense and dissertation, the doctoral student may apply for graduation from VCU with the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering.

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Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

In addition to the university admission requirements, biomedical engineering has the following admission criteria for all entering master’s students:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 during the previous 60 credit hours (for applicants with a B.S.)

  • Minimum GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative sections), including a minimum 150 on the quantitative section

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 101 Internet-based for students whose first or native language is not English

Biomedical engineering will accept a maximum of six credit hours for transfer into the M.S. program if the original grades for such courses are B or higher (or equivalent).

Acceptance of an applicant is based upon the recommendation of the admissions committee with the approval of the department chair and the associate dean for graduate studies.

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

The mission of the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is to educate students to be significant contributors in health care and in research and development in biomedicine and bioengineering. The curriculum closely links technical fundamentals in science, engineering and the life sciences, together with the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, to communicate effectively and to achieve the knowledge tools necessary for lifelong learning.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

In addition to the university admission requirements, biomedical engineering has the following admission criteria for all entering doctoral students:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for all graduate credit hours

  • Minimum GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative sections) including a minimum 150 on the quantitative section

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 101 Internet-based for students whose first or native language is not English

Biomedical engineering will accept a maximum of six credit hours for transfer into the Ph.D. program if the original grades for such courses are B or higher (or equivalent).

Acceptance of an applicant is based upon the recommendation of the admissions committee with the approval of the department chair and the associate dean for graduate studies.

Biomedical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering is to educate biomedical engineering students to be significant contributors in health care and in research and development in biomedicine and bioengineering. The curriculum closely links technical fundamentals in science, engineering and the life sciences, together with the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, to communicate effectively and to achieve the tools necessary for lifelong learning.

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Medicine, Doctor of Biomedical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy Combined (M.D. & Ph.D.)

The M.D./Ph.D. program seeks to train physician-scientists for careers that bridge basic and clinical science. Physician-scientists will translate laboratory discoveries into better patient outcomes.

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