Ph.D. On Campus

Biomedical Engineering

Columbia University

36 months
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The PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at the Columbia University is a hands-on learning experience that integrates world-class research and advanced coursework at the cutting edge of biomedical engineering.


In the Department of Biomedical Engineering, we make significant contributions in science and medicine that include new medical devices,  biomaterials, clinical methods, and insight into how living organisms function. 

Teaching methods

PhD candidates will work in close collaboration with prominent faculty and clinicians to develop interdisciplinary skills and become leaders in academia and industry. Columbia Biomedical Engineering provides unparalleled access to the nation’s top research hospitals and clinical collaborators at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, as well as the unique opportunity to live and study in the heart of New York City.

Programme Structure

  • The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been supported by grants obtained from NIH, NSF, DoT, DoD, New York State, numerous research foundations, and university funding. 
  • The extensive new facilities that have recently been added both at the Medical Center and Morningside campus include new teaching and research laboratories that provide students with unusual access to contemporary research equipment specially selected for its relevance to biomedical engineering.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a master’s degree or equivalent.
  • All applicants are expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering or other science, and are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE – general test only).
  •  Students who earned their bachelor’s degree in a country where English is not the dominant language will be required to take the TOFEL.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Students admitted to the graduate program are eligible for merit-based financial aid. Research assistantships are provided to all students admitted into the doctoral program, and they provide a yearly stipend of approximately $25,500 along with tuition wavier. However, all graduate students (and applicants) are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding and fellowships. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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