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PhD program

Innovative research and interdisciplinary education

Develop essential skills for a career in academia or the private sector, with the University of Minnesota’s PhD in Biomedical Engineering program. 
You’ll tailor your doctoral experience to your interests, working closely with our 80+ graduate faculty members who span the full spectrum of biomedical engineering. Faculty hail from more than 20 departments as well as our own, which has special research expertise in cardiovascular, neural, and cancer bioengineering.

Program by the numbers


faculty have start-ups based on their tech.


PhD students receive a stipend, health benefits, and tuition coverage.


Potential research advisors that students can match with.



Our straightforward application process allows interested students to directly apply to the overarching PhD program. When admitted, students will undergo rotations in labs of graduate faculty members to identify a PhD advisor.

Apply by Dec. 8