PhD Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint venture by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering. The Program offers advanced training appropriate for careers in academia or industry in the field of biomedical engineering.

Program Requirements

The following list is an overview of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. For more specific details, please refer to the Graduate Program Guidelines.

  • University requires 3 years of full time study (24 tuition units).
  • A maximum of 8 tuition units (e.g. 8 standard courses) can be transferred from post-baccalaureate work.
  • Must receive a grade of B or better, courses must be taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit.
  • Choose a thesis advisor no later than end of first semester.
  • Must attend Ethics Training Course in first year (and fifth year if still at Brown).
  • Academic and research progress of first year reviewed by Graduate Program Committee.
  • Complete six structured (not seminar, not independent study) upper level courses (1000, 2000 level), 2 in engineering, 2 in biology and at least 2 at the 2000 level.
  • Attend departmental seminars and give at least one seminar per year.
  • Prior to start of semester 5, pass Qualifying Examination. (Submit written part at least 2 weeks prior to Exam).
  • Annual progress reports to Thesis Advisory Committee.
  • Submit to Thesis Committee the final version of the thesis (approved by advisor) at least 2 weeks prior to defense.
  • Present work as a seminar and pass final oral examination.

Jointly-Selected Committees

The following Committees are jointly selected by the student and the advisor:

Qualifying Examination Committee

  • Thesis advisor
  • Three other Brown faculty (1 from Engineering and 1 from Biology/Medicine)
  • One must be a member of the Graduate Program Committee
  • Outside expert (optional, but strongly recommended)

Thesis Advisory Committee (Meets once a year, preferably between semesters)

  • Thesis advisor
  • Three other Brown faculty (1 from Engineering and 1 from Biology/Medicine)
  • Outside expert