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Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Knoxville, TN, United States
All students must complete a minimum of 72 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. These credit hours must include a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, a minimum of 24 credit hours in Doctoral Research and Dissertation, and the remaining credit hours to reach a minimum of 72 may or may not be graded A-F.

Overview

Students entering the PhD program directly from a baccalaureate program will be required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, exclusive of dissertation credit or seminar courses.

Students entering the PhD program with a master’s degree will be required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, exclusive of dissertation credit or seminar courses.

These students may satisfy the degree requirements beyond the bachelor’s degree with one of the following example combinations:

  • 36 credit hours of course work plus 36 credit hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation (minimum course work).
  • 48 credit hours of course work plus 24 credit hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation (minimum Research and Dissertation).
  • Other combinations of course work (≥ 36 credit hours) and Doctoral Research and Dissertation (≥ 24 credit hours) that sum to ≥ 72 total credit hours.

This course work, including that taken for an MS degree, must include:

  • A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of graduate work in mathematics courses numbered 400 or above and a minimum of 3 credit hours numbered 500 or above. The department may approve other courses with sufficient mathematical content to meet this requirement.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate course work in the major. The department may approve other departmental courses to meet this requirement.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate course work is required at the 600 level. These are exclusive of thesis or dissertation credit.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

      Additional requirements for all students include the following:
  • Registration and participation in the graduate seminar in the major program.
  • Meet all departmental examination requirements, which include passing a qualifying exam comprised of written and oral comprehensive exams.
  • Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
  • Successful defense of the dissertation.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application.
  • Reference letters or rating forms.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31538 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31538 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    13120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13120 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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