Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Programs

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The Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering requires 90 post-baccalaureate hours, which include the courses required for the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. A student with a B.S. degree can enter the Ph.D. program directly; the student does not have to complete the M.S. thesis as part of the Ph.D. degree.  At the end of the program, the student will demonstrate excellence in scholarly research by authoring and successfully defending a Ph.D. Dissertation. 


The program requires a total of 90 hours1:

  • 3 hours Bioengineering Principles AME 5203/BME 5203/CH E 5203
  • 9 hours bioengineering chosen from an approved list
  • 9 hours life sciences chosen from an approved list
  • 12 hours engineering, science or math
  • 2-57 hours Dissertation Research BME 6980
  • additional coursework needed to total 90 hours.

During the Ph.D. program, the student is required to take a general examination in accordance with Graduate College requirements. For students entering with a B.S. degree, the general examination must be taken as soon as possible after the student has completed three semesters (not including the summer semester). For students entering with an M.S. degree, the general examination must be taken as soon as possible after the student has completed one semester (not including the summer semester).


Students completing this program will receive two degrees: M.D. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering. The M.D. program satisfies requirements for both degrees including completion of the clinical, advisory conference, general exam, written dissertation and oral defense components. Individuals pursing the M.D./Ph.D. program would be prepared to practice and teach medicine in a research setting and/or conduct biomedical research that requires a combination of expertise in medicine and bioengineering. 

Admission to the program requires a B.S. degree in engineering from an accredited program. In exceptional cases, students with degrees in other technical areas may be admitted upon addressing deficiencies identified by the M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Bioengineering Program. Admission means acceptance by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (includes sitting for the MCAT, the AMCAS report, etc.) the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma-Norman, the Bioengineering Program of OUBC, and the M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee. The GRE is not required, but may be submitted with the application. The minimum GPA (4.0 scale) for the Bioengineering Program is 3.50 and the minimum GPA for the College of Medicine is 3.0. 

Additional information about degree options and application forms are available from the OUBC web pages or the OUBC office. Information about the OU Medical School at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City can be found at their web pages