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

Wayne, Dr. Jennifer S.
Director, Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering
(804) 828-2595

Admission requirements summary

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

of entry:


Jun 1 (Feb 15 for financial assistance)
Nov 15

Special requirements:
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This program is nominally a three-year program leading to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Prior evidence of completion of physiology and/or statistics may result in a waiver of the requirements for these courses as determined by the graduate program coordinator and/or the department chair. A period of residence of at least three consecutive terms is required. Residency is defined as registration for at least nine credits per term. A time limit of seven calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

At the conclusion of the first year of doctoral study (or when the core course requirements have been satisfied), each doctoral student must successfully complete written and oral portions of a comprehensive examination. This examination is designed to test the student on fundamental knowledge in engineering as evidenced by the core (and related elective) courses within the curriculum. Upon completion of this examination, a doctoral student is permitted to initiate a doctoral research project and to complete additional course work consisting of biomedical engineering, clinical and science electives.

Upon completion of all course work and the intended research, a doctoral student must prepare a dissertation describing the completed research. A dissertation defense, under the direction of the advisory committee, will be scheduled to examine the students research, dissertation documentation, and underlying fundamental knowledge needed to complete the research. Upon successful completion of the defense and dissertation, the doctoral student may apply for graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University with the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering.

Student learning outcomes

1: Fundamentals in math and science.

2: Fundamentals in engineering.

3: Fundamentals in life science.

4: Experimental skills.

5: Design and analysis.

6: Innovation and creativity.

7: Communication skills.

8: Lifelong learning and multidisciplinary teams.



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