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Doctor of Philosophy - Biomedical Engineering Emphasis

Doctor of Philosophy Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering is in accordance with Old Dominion University and Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology requirements for doctoral programs as specified in this catalog. Specific additional requirements include the following:

  1. Completion of a master's degree in a closely related field is expected. However, students who have completed 24 credits of graduate courses in an appropriate field from an accredited institution or have demonstrated an exceptionally high level of academic capability may petition for direct admittance into the program.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.50 (out of 4.0) is required of most students. A student with a lower GPA meeting ODU's graduate admission requirements and with evidence of a high level of professional capability may be eligible for admission to the program upon submission of a petition to the graduate program director.
  3. Recent scores, typically, not more than five years old, on the Graduate Record Examination's (GRE) verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections must be submitted by all applicants.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (typically at least two of which are from faculty in the highest degree program completed when the application is within five years of graduation from that degree program) are required.
  5. The applicant must submit a resume and a statement of purpose and goals.
  6. Foundation knowledge in physics, basic chemistry, computer programming, and mathematics is expected.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. in biomedical engineering is offered in accordance with the general requirements for doctoral degrees as specified in the Requirements for Graduate Degree Section of this catalog. Specific program of study requirements include the following:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 48 hours of graduate credits to include: a minimum of 24 credits of course work beyond the master's degree and a minimum of 24 credits of dissertation research. At least 15 credits of non-dissertation course work must be at the 800-level.
  2. Successful completion of a written diagnostic examination before the end of the first academic year.
  3. Successful completion of a written and oral qualifying examination near the completion of the coursework.
  4. Successful presentation of a dissertation research proposal at the beginning of the dissertation research.
  5. The successful completion and public defense of a dissertation representing independent, original research worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

The program of study will be developed with the approval of the graduate program director and the student's advisor. The program shall include a common core of 12 credits and 12 credits of technical electives.

Common Core * 12
Modern Biomedical Instrumentation
Quantitative Analysis of Human Physiological Systems I
Quantitative Analysis of Human Physiological Systems II
Biostatistics: Fundamentals and Applications
Technical Electives ** 12
Biomedical Engineering Design and Innovation
Biomedical Engineering Principles
Biomedical Instrumentation
Introduction to Bioelectrics
Advanced Bioelectrics
Neural Engineering
Introduction to Medical Image Analysis (MIA)
Total Hours 24

Students who have completed any of the core courses at the 700-level as part of a previous degree or program may substitute these courses with 800-level BME electives approved by the graduate program director.


The technical elective courses provide a basis for dissertation research and future career objectives. These courses can be selected from the biomedical engineering technical electives or a wide variety of appropriate graduate courses in engineering, biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, modeling and simulation, mathematics, statistics, or other programs. No more than six credits from course work satisfying foundation knowledge requirements may be included in the program of study for elective credit. At least 15 credits of non-dissertation course work must be at the 800-level. A minimum of 3 credits must be selected from the biomedical engineering technical electives list; the remaining credits can be selected from this list or other graduate courses with approval of the student's advisor and the graduate program director.