Graduate Study
Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
PhD Timeline

The figure below summarizes the major milestones during the PhD qualifying process and the approximate expected effort during this time.

Please note the following:

  • Darker bars correspond to increased effort
  • Unless specified, the listed milestones are deadlines, not suggested completion dates
  • Students are encouraged to complete milestones, especially those in the first year, as soon as possible

Typical PhD Timeline

The target time for completing the PhD in BME is 5-6 years, though the precise time will depend upon the details of the selected research project and the performance of the student. Beyond the qualifying exams of the second year, it is expected that most students will dedicate 100% of effort towards research, fulfilling their teaching assignment, and any remaining courses required to meet the requirements for their program.