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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Program Overview

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering, from Bachelor’s
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering, from Master’s
  • Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Thesis Option
  • Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Non-Thesis Option

We focus on three specific emerging academic and research fields.  Students will select one track once admitted to the program.

1.  Neural and Rehabilitation Engineering - We focus on neural implants, neurogenesis, neurochips, cognitive engineering, neural signal and image processing and modeling, and brain computer interface from hardware to experimentation.

2.  Biomedical Imaging - We focus on in vivo molecular and cellular imaging research with strong emphasis on the imaging of cancer biomarkers, therapy assessment, and cancer biology models etc.  We also focus on clinical cardiovascular and brain imaging and develop an advanced interdisciplinary research field based on human cardiovascular and brain imaging.

3.  Genomics, Proteomics and Bionano Engineering and Science - We focus on gene regulatory networks, genetics of systems biology, computational biology, and infectious diseases.  We also focus on innovative drug discovery and design, translational research and personalized medicine, as well as the recent advances in bionano science and engineering.


The graduate programs are open to all qualified individuals with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Masters of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering or related field. Below are the specific admissions criteria for each program:

  • M.S. Admission Requirements:
Bachelor of Science Degree: Biomedical engineering or related field
Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.00/4.00 on last 60 hours
*GRE: Current Scale:  159 (Q), 150 (V)   /   Prior Scale:  750 (Q), 450 (V)
TOEFL: 580 (PBT), 237 (CBT), 92 (IBT)
IELTS: 7.0


  • Ph.D. Admission Requirements:
Bachelor of Science Degree: Biomedical Engineering or related field
Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.30/4.00 on last 60 hours (or graduate hours if already holds an M.S. degree)
*GRE: Current Scale:  159 (Q), 150 (V)       /       Prior Scale:  750 (Q), 450 (V)
TOEFL: 580 (PBT), 237 (CBT), 92 (IBT)
IELTS: 7.0

*Texas law prohibits the definition of minimum acceptable scores on the GRE.  These scores represent desirable scores.

Should applicants meet all requirements, they are encouraged to apply. The application process is completed electronically, through the UH School of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the their website (http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/fall-2015/) for links to the application and to upload all documents.

For questions regarding the needeed application items, please refer to the Biomedical Engineering website: http://www.bme.uh.edu/graduate/admissions. If you have any questions about this process, required documentation or problems with the electronic system, please contact Caitlin MacNeil.

NOTE: When preparing your Resume/CV and Personal Statement for submission, please be sure to highlight your past research, current research interests, and UH Biomedical Engineering faculty that you are interested in working with.

The online application, official test scores, and all supporting documents must be received by deadline. This is strongly enforced by the Graduate School. Documents received after deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete application files will not receive admission consideration for the semester applied by the student.

  • Fall Semester Deadline
    • February 1
  • Spring Semester Deadline
    • October 1

Once an application is submitted it is logged into the online system and will be held there until official application reviews begin. Applicants will be notified via the online system if their application status changes. All admission decisions will be announced through the online system, in the form of the posted letter.



    Master of ScienceDoctor of Philosophy