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Degree Requirements

Bioengineering students undertake unique research projects related to a variety of biomedical problems ranging from cell mechanobiology, to regenerative medicine, to the mechanics of biological materials. Students are guided and encouraged to take leadership roles in their research, so that they are acknowledged leaders in their fields upon graduation. To achieve this, students publish their results in peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences.

The coursework requirements are intentionally flexible to allow each student, along with faculty mentors, to design a program that matches his or her educational goals and background. Students are encouraged to take graduate coursework from any appropriate department across the colleges of engineering and science at Notre Dame. At least three courses should be from a single engineering discipline, with a primarily engineering science focus. These courses are intended to provide the student with a strong background in a specific field of engineering, which will provide them with the necessary background to apply engineering and mathematics to solve problems related to biomedical science.

The main examinations in the program are research based. In the qualifying examination, students are expected to write a short paper describing their research activities over the first year in residence, and to present and discuss the paper in front of a group of three faculty members. The candidacy examination requires the student to write a complete proposal for their doctoral research in the form of a grant application. The final dissertation defense provides the student with the opportunity to present their research findings and to engage their committee in a detailed discussion of the methods, results, and interpretations of their work.

More specific course requirement information can be found in the Bioengineering Graduate Handbook.