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 Doctor of Philosophy 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 worldrenowned 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:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine

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. For details, visit graduateschool.unt.edu or international.unt.edu.

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

The department will also require the following documentation:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

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.

The Ph.D. offers two options: a track geared towards academia and a startup management track, in collaboration with the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

Ph.D. track geared towards research and academia

Students can choose one of the following sub-tracks:

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Biocomputing
  • Biotechnology
  • Music in Medicine

You will earn a graduate minor in one of these disciplines in addition to your Ph.D. The graduate minor will enable students to gain a depth of knowledge in your area of research, thus making them valued subject matter experts.

Students entering with a bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of 51 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 credit hours in a focus area
  • 15 credit hours of BMEN electives
  • 6 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 3 hours of teaching practicum
  • 12 hours of dissertation
  • 9 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor
  • Electives can be taken from materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, biology or performing arts health from the College of Music.

Students entering with a master’s degree

  • Minimum of 41 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 credit hours in a focus area
  • 9 credit hours of BMEN electives
  • 3 credit hours of research
  • 2 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 3 hours of teaching practicum
  • 12 hours of dissertation
  • 9 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor
  • Electives can be taken from materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, biology or performing arts health from the College of Music.

Ph.D. track geared towards start-up management

You will have the unique opportunity to take your innovative research and spin it off into a start-up company. You will take relevant courses pertaining to creating and running a start-up company from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

The courses will provide you with the knowledge and foundation necessary to embark on the path of entrepreneurship. In addition, you will be required to take a course in Translational Biomedical Engineering that will prepare you to translate your research into a start-up company.

Students entering with a bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of 54 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 credit hours in a focus area
  • 15 credit hours of BMEN electives
  • 6 credit hours of research
  • 3 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 3 hours of translational biomedical engineering
  • 12 hours of dissertation
  • 9 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor
  • 12 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor from the College of Business

Students entering with a master’s degree

  • Minimum of 44 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 3 credit hours in a focus area
  • 9 credit hours of BMEN electives
  • 3 credit hours of research
  • 2 credit hours of a seminar course
  • 3 hours of translational biomedical engineering
  • 12 hours of dissertation
  • 12 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor from the College of Business

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. 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 financialaid.unt.edu for information about other financial assistance programs.

Faculty

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.

Clement Chan, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Protein and cellular engineering.

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. Nanoparticle drug delivery; stem cell programming; cell network design.

Huaxiao “Adam” Yang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Clemson University. Stem cell cardiovascular tissue engineering.

Xiaodan Shi, Lecturer; Ph.D., Mississippi State University. Soft tissue engineering and biomechanics.

Moo-Yeal Lee, Associate Professor; Ph.D., KAIST. Human organoids on pillar/perfusion plate platforms for disease modeling.

Amir Jafari, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Italian Institute of Technology. Soft actuators for rehabilitation robotics.

Neda Habibi, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Genova. The impact of nanomedicine on drug delivery, controlled release and targeted therapy.