Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science

Program Description

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science

Biomedical Engineering

Program Overview

The Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering is designed to prepare students for application of engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology; to understand and model attributes of living systems; and to synthesize biomedical systems and devices.

The program is strongly interdisciplinary, as students choose from a large array of areas of study across the university. The core faculty expertise includes cancer therapy, cardiac electrophysiology, biosensors, microfluidics, and ultrasound applications in medicine.

The Ph.D. program is based on the main campus in the heart of Washington, D.C., taking full advantage of the proximity to the School of Medicine, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the GW Hospital. These interactions are supplemented by collaborations with nearby clinical and research facilities, including Children’s National Health System and federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


  • Credit hours (for those with a master's degree): 30
  • Credit hours (for those without a master's degree): 54
  • Other requirements:
  • Qualifying examination: Prior to completing 18 credit hours, students must take a qualifying examination to assess their readiness in conducting extensive independent research. Students must have cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 in order to be admitted to take the exam.
  • Colloquium requirement: Students must attend five seminars, workshops, or symposia sponsored by the department in order to fulfill this zero-credit requirement.

For Ph.D. applicants, you must also meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution. If applicant only has a bachelor’s, the minimum grade point average must be a 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • Strong academic or relevant professional background pertinent to the field of study
  • Demonstrated capacity for original scholarship
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 7, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
4 - 6 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
USA District of Columbia, District of Columbia
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