Research course

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree program are described below. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least 1 year of engineering (calculus-based) physics, 1 year of chemistry, 1 year of biology, and mathematics up to Differential Equations or Engineering Analysis I. Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to take selected courses as a condition of acceptance. Applicants with a master's degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master's degree program. Applicants with a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) will evaluate each student's transcript and credit will be recommended for transfer on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the doctoral degree. A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's readiness for doctoral study are required. A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant's research experience, interests, and goals.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) jointly offer a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME).

The objective of the program is to train students in the use of basic biomedical engineering approaches for the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

Information for international students

Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper version)/79 (internet version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All doctoral applicants applying for full-time status will automatically be considered for a stipend of $21,000 per year plus full-tuition and fees and health insurance. Supplemental stipends ($1,000 to $5,000) for outstanding students are also available. Scholarships (stipends + tuition + fees+ insurance) offered to our current students range from $26,000 to $31,000 per year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony