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.

Academics
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 Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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 MS Students

MS students have the option of completing the following training programs: the Engineering Management Minor, and the Graduate Minor in Entrepreneurship.

Programs for PhD Students

PhD students 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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A PhD applicant may request that their file be considered for a self-funded Master’s degree if they are not admitted to the PhD program.

Please refer to the Graduate School Admission's page for more information regarding policies.

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