University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Graduate Program

Fall 2017 Applications CLOSED

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. Details regarding the Fall 2018 cycle will be posted on our application information page. Please bookmark it and check back in September or October for information regarding our degree programs, prerequisites, detailed application instructions, deadlines, financial support, and more!

2015 Open House for Prospective Applicants - Video Available

Prospective students local to the Twin Cities area joined us for an open house in June 2015. View a recording of the information session!

Feel free to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Rachel Jorgenson, at with additional questions or for more information after watching the video!

Why choose the University of Minnesota?


Outstanding, Diverse Research Faculty

The University's Medical School and College of Science and Engineering are across the street from one another, and our program is philosophically and physically at the intersection of the two. This proximity creates an intellectual environment that encourages interdisciplinary research, application of engineering to fundamental biological questions, and clinical/translational research collaborations. Our graduate faculty consists of over 70 potential advisors in more than 20 departments across campus. Their research spans the breadth of biomedical engineering, from cardiovascular and neural engineering to biomedical imaging and optics, and proceeds at scales from the molecule to the cell to the tissue to the organ. More about research >

Integration of research and education

Doctoral students begin working on their research in their very first semester, typically with the advisor of their choice. This early exposure to research, combined with our elective-based curriculum, allows students to design individual programs of study and provides optimal flexibility in balancing coursework and research. More about our curriculum >

Professional opportunities

The University of Minnesota is located at the heart of the Twin Cities' thriving medical device industry, with over 300 device companies in the surrounding area providing ample internship and employment opportunities for current and graduated students. In the past three years 55% of our Ph.D. students have secured industrial employment upon graduation, over half of them at local device companies. We also offer excellent training for students hoping to pursue academic careers. Since 2011, 45% of our new Ph.D. graduates have found post-doctoral postitions, and we have alumni in faculty positions across the U.S.

Financial Support

Students admitted to our full-time Ph.D. program are awarded graduate assistantships that come with a stipend, health benefits, and tuition coverage. Support is provided through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and NSF/NIH traineeships. We have also helped many of our students obtain competitive graduate fellowships from NSF, NIH, and AHA, as well as internal support from the University's Graduate School and College of Science and Engineering in the form of first-year fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and interdisciplinary research fellowships. More about our application process >

Prospective Students

Application Information

Combined BBmE/MS

Dual MD/MS

Dual MD/PhD

Current Students

University log-in required BMEGS Intranet (enrolled BME grad students only)

Graduate Minor in BME


Course Lists

BMEn Syllabi


Rachel Jorgenson
Graduate Program Coordinator


Graduate School

Neuroengineering IGERT

Graduate Women in Biomedical Engineering Student Group