Graduate Degree Options
The program offers seven major pathways to a graduate degree:
- Biomedical Engineering (post-BS or post-MS options)
- Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences PhD
- Combined Clinical MD/PhD (NIH/MSTP)
- Professional MSE/MS (Non-thesis) with Concentration in Biomedical Engineering (Online)
- MS Biomedical Engineering
- Fifth-Year Combined BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering (with Thesis)
The Weldon School's graduate programs in biomedical engineering are highly interdisciplinary in nature and involve faculty and laboratories within the College of Engineering, the College of Science and the School of Veterinary Medicine on the West Lafayette campus as well as the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Indiana University School of Medicine on the Indiana University - Purdue University (IUPUI) campus in Indianapolis. The combined faculty, staff, and facilities of the two campuses provide tremendous resources for biomedical engineering students.
The involvement of students in translating discoveries into effective medical products provides a unique experience in converting theory to reality. These programs build on a successful history of biomedical engineering research that has had significant industrial and clinical impact. The Weldon School encourages and fosters highly interdisciplinary research and teaching that spans modern biomedical engineering.
Applicants holding a master’s degree have the opportunity to transfer course work from that degree toward the PhD requirements, reducing the time to degree completion.
The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences PhD track is an interdisciplinary training program offered in conjunction with the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine for students with backgrounds in life sciences and an interest in the field of biomedical engineering.
The Integrated MD/PhD program is a combined degree program offered in conjunction with the Indiana University School of Medicine to train physician engineers. An M.D./Ph.D. combined degree is for students committed to a career that intimately incorporates research with clinical care. The curriculum is flexible and uniquely designed to meet the individual goals of each student. Students have direct access to the top clinical and graduate faculty and courses at the School of Medicine. Graduates of the Medical Scientist Training Program have gone on to pursue careers in both academic medicine and industry. A typical academic plan permits most students to complete the combined degree program in seven years.
This MSE/MS concentration is primarily aimed at working engineers focused on enhancing technical and scientific skills and knowledge that will advance their careers in the broad fields of biomedical engineering, bioengineering, and biotechnology. Useful background for this concentration includes undergraduate coursework in basic biology, mechanics, and statistics/ probability. The Biomedical Engineering concentration option is a non-thesis master’s program for professionals.
The Weldon School administers a master's (MSBME) program wherein students perform thesis research on the Purdue West Lafayette campus. The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis (IUPUI) supports its own MS degree program for students interested in conducting MS research on that campus. A requirement of the MSBME program is thesis research that serves to provide the student with a significant investigatory experience at the interface between engineering and the life sciences.
The Combined BS/MS is a special program for outstanding current Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering undergraduates who have established research relationships with BME faculty members. This program was created to provide further training to our top undergraduates who had been conducting research in the labs of our faculty and who strongly desire to continue their research toward an MS or PhD degree. The ultimate plan of study is intended to prepare students for PhD level graduate studies or research-oriented industry positions. The proposed program enables students to complete the BS and the MS in a total of five, rather than the typical six, years.