Degree Programs

The master’s (MS) and doctoral (PhD) programs in Biomedical Engineering at UT Dallas are offered as a part of a unique dual-campus program with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The new generation of biomedical engineers will address fundamental scientific questions, provide answers to critical problems and develop novel applications with commercial potential. The opportunities for interdisciplinary research and coursework in several branches of engineering, coupled with the life sciences, will prepare the graduates of this program to address complex life sciences-related problems in novel ways and to create vital solutions for the future.


The objective of the MS degree program in biomedical engineering is to generate graduates who will be capable of undertaking challenging and complex projects. The primary educational objective of the MS program is to expose students to the latest developments in biomedicine and to provide them with the appropriate tools to understand and contribute further to these developments. The MS degree program will provide the necessary education and immediately applicable skills that will enable both recent baccalaureate graduates and experienced biomedical engineers to develop new life science related technologies and applications.


The objective of the PhD program in biomedical engineering is to produce graduates who can identify future applications in the field, analyze current technology capability and synthesize new solutions that extend the state of the art in biomedical applications. Combined expertise in electrical, mechanical and materials engineering, coupled to life sciences platforms, will allow graduates to create new tools, processes and implementations that provide solutions to more complex medical and health-related problems. PhD graduates will have the ability to evaluate difficult life sciences-related issues and create solutions for the future.


All applicants to the graduate program, regardless of undergraduate degree, are required to complete the following leveling courses or equivalent. Courses listed in parenthesis are the UT Dallas course numbers.
2 semesters of calculus (MATH 2417 and MATH 2419)
1 semester of differential equations (MATH 2420)
2 semesters of physics (PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2326)
1 semester of chemistry (CHEM 1301)
1 semester of cellular or molecular biology (BIOL 2311)

Students admitted to the MS and doctoral programs who have not fulfilled these leveling courses are required to complete the missing course(s) prior to enrolling at UTD or during their first year at UTD. Courses may be completed at UTD or other area institutions, with prior approval. Prerequisite coursework does not count towards the graduate degree requirements but must be completed.