Admission Requirements

Biomedical engineering graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD are administered through the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Entrance into the biomedical engineering MS program is available to qualified graduates of recognized undergraduate curricula in engineering, mathematics, or one of the physical sciences who satisfy the necessary prerequisites. A dual MS-MBA program is also available. Admission into the PhD programs will be granted to those applicants who have demonstrated superior achievement in their engineering backgrounds.

University requirements for graduate admission may be viewed at the Graduate Admissions site. The general GRE and three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants for admission. To apply, please visit this page.

In general, students applying for graduate study in biomedical engineering must have earned a 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 GPA during undergraduate study. Likewise, a minimum quantitative score of 155 is desired on the GRE. These requirements are typical; however, circumstances can vary from year to year and the minimum requirement could be waived in special cases.

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

Both thesis and non-thesis MS options are available in biomedical engineering. The non-thesis option provides graduate students, including co-op and other off-campus students, the opportunity to focus their programs in special areas through extended course work.

Common requirements for both options include:

  • Completion of BME core courses BME 503, BME 511, and BME 521.
  • Participation in the BME graduate seminars.
  • Completion of a Knowledge Breadth requirement (3 credit hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
  • Completion of a Knowledge Depth requirement (3 – 6 credit hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.

Thesis Option

Requirements specific to the thesis-option MS are:

  • At least 21 credit hours of course work (exclusive of thesis credits) beyond the baccalaureate in biomedical engineering and related areas.  A minimum of 12 credit hours of these courses must be in the BME program.
  • At least 9 credit hours of thesis research (BME 500).
  • Successful completion of a final examination consisting of a written thesis report and oral defense of the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

Requirements specific to the non-thesis MS are:

  • At least 30 credit hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate in biomedical engineering and related areas.  A minimum of 18 credit hours of these courses must be in the BME program.
  • Successful completion of a final examination consisting of a written report and oral defense on a topic to be chosen in consultation with the student’s MS committee

 

Doctor of Philosophy

All students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of any credits for a master’s thesis. These must include a minimum of 24 credit hours in Doctoral Research and Dissertation and a minimum of 36 credit hours of other graduate course work.

For the PhD in biomedical engineering, the courses must include:

  • The biomedical engineering core curriculum comprising BME 503, BME 511, BME 521, and BME 601.
  • Completion of a Knowledge Breadth requirement (3 graduate credit hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
  • Completion of a Knowledge Depth requirement (3 – 6 graduate credit hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
  • A minimum of 18 graduate credit hours within the major.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of course work at the 600-level.

Additional requirements for the PhD in biomedical engineering are:

  • Participation in the BME graduate seminars.
  • Successful completion of all required examinations, which include a qualifying exam and written and oral comprehensive exams.
  • Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
  • Successful defense of the dissertation.

 

Contacts

Jeffrey A. Reinbolt
Academic Director
reinbolt@utk.edu

Kam Manuel
kmanuel4@utk.edu