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Bioengineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
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  • The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has long been a center of research and graduate training in biomedical sciences. The University of California, Berkeley is universally acknowledged for excellence in engineering, physical and life sciences. The close proximity of the two institutions has fostered numerous collaborations among faculty members on the two campuses and has introduced quantitative approaches to addressing fundamental problems in biological and clinical science. It was in recognition of this synergy that scientists on the two campuses proposed the formation of a joint graduate group in Bioengineering. 
  • This fully integrated educational program was approved in 1983 and is authorized to offer Ph.D. degrees conferred jointly by the Graduate Divisions of both campuses. Over the past thirty-plus years the UC Berkeley – UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering (“the Program”) has become one of the pre-eminent educational programs in the country and is well known for the diversity and excellence of the training it provides.
  • The objective of the Program is to offer Ph.D. degrees, and admission depends upon a students’ commitment to a program of study that allows them to complete that goal, although some students do obtain a Master’s degree during their tenure. Doctoral students are expected to learn to bring the methods of modern engineering to bear on problems in biology and medicine, and also to learn how to teach others to do the same.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course requirements are designed to develop a strong and useful knowledge base in both biology and engineering.All students in the Ph.D. program are required to have completed, at some time during their academic career, the Area Requirements described below. Most students will have completed some of these courses prior to initiating the Ph.D. program; any remaining coursework will be integrated into the graduate program of study.

  • Anatomy, physiology, and biology: 9 semester or 13.5 quarter units of upper division or graduate level coursework.
  • Biochemistry and/or intermediate chemistry: 3 semester or 4.5 quarter units of upper division or graduate level coursework.
  • Engineering and/or computer science: 7 semester or 10.5 quarter units of upper division or graduate level coursework.
  • Mathematics and/or statistics: 2 semester or 3 quarter units of upper division or graduate level coursework.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Required Materials

  • The Online Application
  • Emphasis of Specialty Area of Study (First and Second Choice)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • A Completed Recommendation Waiver Form (to be completed online)
  • Unofficial Transcripts (submitted online)
  • Conversion of GPA (for International Students Only)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Official Scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Official Scores (for international students only)
  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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