PhD in Bioengineering

Students must complete a minimum of 108 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree in order to complete the PhD program.

Coursework Requirements

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Students admitted with a prior master’s degree in bioengineering or a related field must complete at least 24 hours of coursework, 12 hours of which must be bioengineering courses. In addition, at least 12 hours must be at the 500 level (excluding BIOE 595, 596, and 599). A maximum of 4 hours of BIOE 590 may be applied toward the degree, provided that credit for BIOE 590 or a similar course was not applied toward a prior MS degree.

Students who are directly admitted after a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, bioinformatics, or a related field must complete at least 48 hours of coursework, at least 24 hours of which must be bioengineering courses. At least 20 hours must be at the 500 level (excluding BIOE 595, 596, and 599). A maximum of 4 hours of BIOE 590 may be applied toward the degree.

One semester hour of BIOE 595 is required for all PhD in Bioengineering students. Each student is required to present at least one seminar in BIOE 595 prior to graduation.

PhD students must earn at least 60 semester hours in BIOE 599, in which they conduct original research and write their dissertation. Here are a few examples of recent dissertations completed by our bioinformatics students (see more on our dissertations page).

  • Machine Learning Prediction of Pre-Clinical Drug Induced QT Prolongation Liability and Pathway Analysis
  • The Audible Human Project: Geometric and Acoustic Modeling in The Airways, Lungs and Torso
  • Pattern Electroretinography in Peripheral Retina: System Development and Validation in Human Subjects
  • Engineered Systems for Controlled Hypoxia and Thermogenesis
  • Functional Optical Coherent Tomography of Stimulus-Evoked Intrinsic Optical Signals in the Retina

Preliminary Examination

PhD students must pass an oral preliminary examination on their proposed dissertation topic. In this examination, students must demonstrate a capacity for independent research on an original dissertation topic within the selected field of study. Visit the Preliminary Examination page for full details.

Dissertation

Upon completion of all degree requirements and the dissertation, students must orally defend their work before the committee. Visit the Dissertation Process page for full details.

Additional Resources for PhD in Bioengineering Students

If you have any further questions about the program that aren’t answered here or on our Graduate FAQ page, please email gradbioe@uic.edu.