Biomedical Engineering (MS/Ph.D)

Biomedical Engineering (MS/Ph.D)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron (UA) offers a Master of Science (MS) and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Engineering. An integrated MS/PhD program is available in cooperation with the Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

To earn a Master's degree, students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours made up of 27 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of thesis. A Master's thesis oral defense is required. PhD students complete a minimum of 96 credit hours in accordance with the guidelines established by the Biomedical Engineering department. Students must pass a departmental qualifying examination, candidacy examination, and must present and successfully defend the dissertation to a College-wide Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee. 


Admission Requirements

  • Official GRE scores or a written waiver request (NOTE: Students are generally not competitive for graduate assistantships without submission of current GRE scores within the last three years)
  • Three letters of recommendation (from non-family members)
  • Statement of purpose indicating the proposed area of specialization and possible research advisers within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and career goals of the student and how the graduate program fits these goals is required.  In addition, students should detail their research experiences in their statements.
  • Resume

NOTE: Applicants whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 590 (paper-based test) or 243 (computer-based test).

Application Deadline

Applications to the master's and doctoral degree programs in Biomedical Engineering are accepted on a rolling basis.

Students seeking a graduate assistantship should submit all application materials in accordance with the following deadlines:

  • February 1 for Fall enrollment
  • September 1 for Spring enrollment

Additional Information

Graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate students with varied backgrounds and to promote an interest in theoretical and applied research while preparing the student for a career in industry, government or academia. Faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering have strong research programs in a variety of areas and are active participants in the Institute for Biomedical Engineering Research.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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