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Advance your career in a fast-growing field

The biomedical engineering industry is growing in the State of Florida, which offers one of the highest employment rates of bioengineers and biomedical engineers in the nation. Students who pursue the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from UCF will be instilled with the professional skills necessary to gain employment in the biomedical engineering industry or in academia. As you journey through the program, you will gain a deeper understanding of biomechanics and biostructures as well as the ability to engage in advanced engineering research, analysis, design and experimentation. 

Student in Robert Steward's lab


  • Take classes on the Lake Nona and main campuses
  • Curriculum emphasizes biofluids and biomechanics
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities with the College of Medicine
  • Prepare for competitive positions in the industry or academia

Curriculum and admissions

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of 72 credit hours at the graduate level post-bachelor’s degree. Fifty-seven of the credit hours must be comprised of a combination of 5000- and 6000-level classes while 15 credit hours must be devoted to the doctoral dissertation. 

The program is designed for students who:

  • Have an M.S. degree in engineering or biomedical engineering and are seeking a higher level education and research training.
  • Have a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering or a closely related discipline and are seeking the Ph.D. with an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering along the way.






Student in Helen Huang's lab


While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional engineer and may still assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for professional engineers falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which engineer practices.

If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact advising manager Bonnie Esparza with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.



Alain Kassab
Professor and BME coordinator

Jihua “Jan” Gou
Professor and graduate coordinator

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