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Bioengineering, Ph.D.

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University rank #401 (WUR) , AZ,
The Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from Northern Arizona University allows advanced students to pursue their academic interests and to develop their research skills while studying with faculty specialists in the broad field of bioengineering. 


Bioengineering research is highly interdisciplinary and facilitates collaborations among faculty and students from several departments across campus including Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Physical Therapy. Students from a wide range of science backgrounds can enter this program. The goal of the program is to educate future leaders in industry and academia in the field of Bioengineering.

This Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from Northern Arizona University provides advanced training in research and technology development through focused coursework, extensive research experience, and industry collaboration. In this program, students will join a new generation of industry leaders, scientists, and engineers who will be uniquely trained to embrace opportunities in the Bioengineering field. 

The goal of this degree is to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative, and transformative research that lies between traditional science and engineering sub-disciplines. The program promotes professional development by emphasizing excellence in research and effective communication of ideas and findings.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering provides advanced training in research through focused coursework and extensive research experience using an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. Students will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia. 

After completing this degree, students will be ready to undertake careers in private companies, government organizations, nonprofits, and universities. 

Graduates will be prepared to direct a research laboratory and decide which questions to investigate, lead a team that solves problems related to bioengineering, coordinate large research and development projects, teach others about bioengineering including how to conduct research, and translate research discoveries into inventions, products, and businesses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomaterials 
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Biomechanics 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • GRE® revised General Test
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay
  • All applicants are expected to make contact (i.e. email communication or lab visit) with potential faculty members in the department BEFORE APPLYING. Applicants should only apply if a mentor agrees to support the applicant.
  • An earned thesis-based MS degree in a bioengineering, biology, mechanical engineering, or appropriately related science. Direct entry into the PhD Program from a BS degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemplary applicants.
  • Demonstrated research ability by being a responsible author on a scientific, peer-reviewed publication (journal article).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24484 USD/year
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  • National

    24484 USD/year
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  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
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Living costs for Flagstaff

  • 1010 - 1500 USD/month
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