The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Texas is committed to educating and creating well-rounded, knowledgeable biomedical engineers who are passionate about improving the quality of life for people in Texas, the United States and the world.

Graduate opportunities

An increased emphasis on health care, innovative engineering and technological advances have contributed to a rising demand for biomedical engineers. The U.S. Department of Labor expects biomedical engineering to grow at an above average rate and become the fastest growing engineering field over the next decade. With a master's degree in biomedical engineering from UNT, you'll be prepared for an engineering career that solves societal problems, advances technology and improves the quality of life for people everywhere.

As a UNT biomedical engineering graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty who are conducting innovative research in biomaterials, biomedical instrumentation, nanotechnology and biomechanics. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with faculty members at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Research opportunities

The College of Engineering has state of the art instructional facilities and top-ranked research laboratories. With cutting edge research equipment our labs offer exciting possibilities for study and discovery. You can also work with faculty members researching:

  • Biomechanics / Orthopedic Research
  • Biopolymers and Flexible Bioelectronics
  • Biotechnology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Exoskeletons
  • Medical Imaging
  • Micro and Nanoengineering in Medicine
  • Nano biomaterials and Nanomedicine
  • Vital Sign Monitoring

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

The Department of Biomedical Engineering evaluates applicants through a holistic review. You must apply for admission to the university through the Toulouse Graduate School® or the International Admissions Office.

You will also need to submit the following to the graduate school:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
  • Official transcripts and previous research or work experience

Degree requirements

You'll plan your degree with the assistance and approval of your major professor and advisory committee. Supplementary courses will be required for applicants with undergraduate degrees not in biomedical engineering. A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required to stay in the program.

Thesis option

  • Minimum of 30 semester hours required beyond a bachelor's degree
  • 6 credit hours of BMEN (Biomedical Engineering) 5950 with a major professor (During the first 3 credit hours of BMEN 5950, you and your major professor define a thesis proposal and present the proposal to a faculty thesis committee for approval.)
  • 6 credit hours of graduate BMEN core courses
  • 9 credit hours of graduate BMEN courses
  • 9 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor
  • Electives can be taken from biology, other engineering disciplines, computer science or management courses from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Non-thesis option

  • Minimum of 33 semester hours required beyond a bachelor's degree
  • 6 credit hours of graduate BMEN core courses
  • 18 credit hours of graduate BMEN courses
  • 9 credit hours of electives (as stated in the thesis option) approved by your faculty advisor

Certificate in Health Services Management

There is the option to get a certificate in Health Services Management from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth by taking four specific courses offered online.

  • For non-thesis option students, obtaining a certificate in Health Management does not require any additional courses beyond the 33 hours
  • For thesis option students, obtaining a certificate in Health Services Management would require an extra course to their degree plan, thus resulting in a total of 33 credit hours

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering / Master of Business Administration in Business Management

Today, more than ever, the world needs more industry leaders with a deep understanding of biomedical technology and business management. To address this need, UNT offers a joint degree program between the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and the College of Engineering which confers an M.B.A. in Business Management and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering respectively.

This program is designed to build upon your engineering knowledge and skills and prepare you for leadership roles in healthcare-technology ventures.

Financial assistance

Assistantships provide financial support for many graduate students. Teaching assistantships are funded by the department and research assistantships are funded by individual faculty research grants. Only master's students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. Out-of-state and international students who are funded part time are eligible for in-state tuition rates. A number of in-state tuition scholarships are also available.

Visit the financial aid website for information about other financial assistance programs.

Faculty

Venkat Keshav Chivukula, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Cardiovascular bioengineering.

Melanie Ecker Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin. Smart polymers for biomedical applications.

Lin Li, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington joint program with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Computational neuroscience; neurology and medical imaging.

Brian Meckes, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. Nano particle drug delivery; stem cell programming; cell network design.

Rita Patterson, Adjunct Faculty; Ph.D., University of Texas — Medical Branch, Galveston. Biomechanics.

Xiaodan Shi, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Mississippi State University. Soft tissue engineering and biomechanics.

Vijay Vaidyanathan, Founding Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Biomedical instrumentation; exoskeletons for the elderly; biomedical optics — detection of oral cancer; EEG based epilepsy studies.

Yong Yang, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Biomedical nanotechnology.