Our students are creating innovative solutions to improve the quality of life around the world.Our students are creating innovative solutions to improve the quality of life around the world.


Northwestern was among the first schools to recognize the value of a biomedical engineering background. Today the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers one of the largest programs in the country at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We help provide students with the tools, experience, and adaptability to prosper—not only as new graduates but also throughout their careers.

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Undergraduate Program

The bachelor of science in biomedical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Biomedical Engineering Program Criteria.  The program prepares students for rewarding careers within the biomedical industry. It also prepares students to continue with graduate studies, and many pursue medical school.

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Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers two degree options:

The MS in biomedical engineering is a degree program tailored for students who are looking to advance their training in biomedical engineering.

The PhD in biomedical engineering is a degree program that focuses on the development of engineering, life sciences, and mathematics and allows students to collaborate with faculty on innovative research.

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Our faculty members are internationally renowned scholars and researchers that have been honored around the world for pioneering work.

In addition to their scholarly activities and accomplishments, all of our faculty members are passionate about teaching. Several have won university-wide teaching and advising awards.

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Our department conducts cutting-edge research that is organized into the following research area groups:

Additionally, our faculty members participate in several interdisciplinary centers and institutes: