The purpose of the Stevens biomedical engineering doctoral program is to educate scientists and engineers who are prepared to carry out significant independent investigations. We foster a community of scholars dedicated to advancing scientific research and inventing new technologies. While courses provide the tools for independent work, a large part of the doctoral work is achieved through independent study. This includes preparation for the qualifying examination, the preparation of research proposals and seminars, and familiarity with the current scientific literature in the area of specialization.
The master's degree is not a prerequisite for admission to the doctoral program. Admission to the doctoral program is based on 1) GRE score, and 2) reasonable evidence that the student will prove capable of specialization on a broad intellectual foundation, pass the required examinations, perform a credible dissertation based on original research, succeed in course work, and live up to the high standards expected of the Ph.D.
For the doctoral degree in BME, 84 credits of graduate work in an approved program of study are required beyond the bachelor's degree. This may include up to 30 credits obtained in a master's degree program, if the area of the master's degree is relevant to the doctoral program. Those with a master's degree who wish to transfer credits towards the Ph.D. must be aware that only one master's degree can be used toward the Ph.D. A doctoral dissertation based on the results of original research, carried out under the guidance of a faculty member and defended in public examination, is a major component of the doctoral program, and is included in the 84-credit requirement. Between 30 and 45 credits may be earned for the Ph.D. dissertation. For more details about the BME Ph.D. program, please see our Program Requirements and Qualifying Exam Policy, as well as the Graduate Student Handbook.