University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Graduate Program

Now Accepting Fall 2019 Applications!

The Fall 2019 application cycle is now open! Visit our application information page for details regarding our degree programs, prerequisites, application instructions, deadlines, financial support, and more!

Visit us at BMES in Atlanta - Booths 812/814

Traveling to Atlanta in October for the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting? Stop by booths 812/814 to learn more about our graduate programs! Meet the Graduate Program Coordinator as well as current grad students and department faculty to get your questions answered about our program, the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. If you plan to apply for Fall 2019 grad admission, be sure to stop by to enter our drawing for an application fee grant - if we pick your name, we will pay your University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering grad program application fee!

See you in Atlanta!

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

Neuroimaging Training Program

Graduate Women in Biomedical Engineering Student Group