Graduate students take an extensive selection of courses, collaborate with researchers, and work on innovative projects.Graduate students take an extensive selection of courses, collaborate with researchers, and work on innovative projects.

Graduate Study

The biomedical engineering community at Northwestern University includes faculty appointed in 12 departments within engineering, medicine, arts and sciences, and communication.

The breadth of faculty members’ research interests affords students a wide variety of research opportunities. Research takes place on the main campus in Evanston, on the medical school campus in downtown Chicago, and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Degrees

We offer the following graduate degrees through Northwestern University's Graduate School:

Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS & RESEARCH GROUPS

The majority of graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering participate in interdisciplinary programs and research groups, including:

Programs for All Graduate Students

All graduate students have the option of completing the following training programs: the Engineering Management Minor, the Graduate Minor in Entrepreneurship, and the Certificate in Global and Ecological Health Engineering.

Programs for PhD Students

PhD student have the option of completing the following training programs: the Biotechnology Training Program, the DPT-PhD (Eng) program, and the Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation of Neural Dysfunction (PRND) training program.

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For the upcoming graduate admissions season, which opens on September 6, 2016, applicants hoping to enroll in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science in Fall 2017 will be able to submit applications to up to two PhD programs.  Applicants interested in this option are required to designate their first and second choice of the two PhD programs.  The fee for an application to a single program is $95; the fee for an application to two programs is $150.

The program listed as the applicant’s first choice will take precedence in admissions decisions.  The second choice program will review an applicant’s file only if the first choice program does not admit the student.

A PhD applicant may also request that her or his file be considered for a self-funded Master’s degree in the first choice fields if she/he is not admitted to the PhD Program.

Questions about the two-application process should be referred to Bruce A. Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, at b-lindvall@northwestern.edu.

BME Graduate Student Organization (BMEGS)

BME Graduate Student Organization (BMEGS) is intended to:

  • Help create a cohesive group of biomedical engineering graduate students
  • Voice our ideas and opinions
  • Foster social activities and collaboration
  • Maintain contacts with schools and industry