Program Description

The PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toledo is open to qualified students with either degrees in engineering or in science fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science. Since prospective students have a variety of backgrounds, the requirements for admission vary.

To be competitive for admission to this program, students must have a grade point average of at least a 3.0/4.0 in previous undergraduate coursework and/or a 3.3/4.0 in previous graduate coursework. All non-MD applicants are required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Students who are candidates for the MD program at College of Medicine may submit MCAT scores. These scores will be reviewed on a case-by case basis. In addition, international students must submit the results of the TOEFL exam with a required minimum score of 550 on the paper based exam; 213 on the computer based exam; or 80 on the internet exam. Students with non-engineering undergraduate degrees desiring entry into this PhD program must have completed 1 year of engineering physics, 1 year of biology, 2 years of calculus through differential equations, and at least 12 semester credit hours of undergraduate engineering/science course work (appropriate to the area of research interest of the candidate) to be considered for admission. Credit received for undergraduate coursework required for admission will not be applied toward the graduate degree.

The curriculum for the PhD in Biomedical Engineering centers on several core course requirements in mathematics, engineering, and the life sciences. Additional technical courses are taken as needed to support the research area. In addition to the technical content, the PhD curriculum also contains a very unique entrepreneurship component. Students take two courses from the College of Business on intellectual property andstrategic planning, and develop a business plan to commercialize their dissertation research. The overall curricular requirements are given in Table 1, followed by an example course schedule in Table 2.

Table 1: Curriculum for the Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering


Course Number Title Hours

Core Courses

BIOE 8100 Computational Physiology 3
7/8XXX Course to satisfy prerequisite for the mathematics course 3
Choice of one of the following mathematics courses:
MIME 8100 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II 3
MATH 8510 Partial Differential Equations 3
Choice of one of the following College of Medicine courses:
INDI 809 Chem & Phys Properties of Macromolecules 4
INDI 884 Molecular & Cell Biology 4
ORTH 790 Orthopaedic Biomechanics I 3
MPHY 804 Diagnostic Radiological Physics 5
Total Core Courses Hours 12+

Approved Elective Courses

7/8XXX Approved Engineering/Life Sciences Electives 12

Entrepreneurship Elective Courses

EMBA 6200 Entrepreneurship & Personal Strategic Planning or equivalent 3
BUAD 6980 Special Topics in Intellectual Property 3
Total Business Course Hours 6

Other Elective Courses

7/8XXX Engineering/Science or Special Topics/Independent Study courses (e.g. BIOE 7990, INDI 889) 15

Total Course Hours 45+

Table 2: Sample schedule for PhD students in Biomedical Engineering


A minimum of 90 semester hours are required, including a minimum of 45 hours of dissertation research and a minimum of 45 hours of coursework.

Course Fall Spring Summer Category

Year 1

Prerequisite mathematics course 3 Core
MIME 8100 or MATH 8510 3 Core
BIOE 8100 Computational Physiology 3 Core
INDI 809/INDI 884/MPHY 804/ORTH 790 3+ Core
Approved Engineering/Life Science Electives 6 Approved Elect.
Dissertation Research 9 Research
Biomedical Engineering Seminar X X
Qualifying Exam X
Qualifying Exam X
Qualifying Exam X
Total Year 1 9+ 9 9 27+

Year 2

Approved Engineering/Life Science Electives 3 Approved Elect.
Other Engineering/Science Electives 3 3 Other Elect.
Dissertation Research 3 6 9 Research
Biomedical Engineering Seminar X X
Dissertation Research Proposal exam X
Total Year 2 9 9 9 27

Year 3 and beyond

Approved Engineering/Life Science Electives 3 Approved Elect.
Entrepreneurship Electives 3 3 Entrepr. Elect.
Other Engineering/Science Electives 3 6 Other Elect.
Dissertation Research 6 6 9 Research
Biomedical Engineering Seminar X X
Total Year 3, 4 and more 15 15 9 39

Total Program 90+