Department Chair: Sanjeev Shroff, PhD
Main Office: 302F Benedum
Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the Department of Bioengineering, 306 Center for Bioengineering; 412-624-6445; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://engineering.pitt.edu/bioengineering/.
More information on the Bioengineering Graduate Programs can be found on the website, which can be found here: http://engineering.pitt.edu/bioengineering/
Graduate Degree Programs
The Department of Bioengineering offers the degrees of Master of Science in Bioengineering, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioengineering, and a Professional Masters in Medical Product Engineering. In addition, the department has a certificate program in Medical Product Innovation and participates in the MD/PhD program with the School of Medicine and the MBA/MS program with the Katz Graduate School of Business.
The graduate program in bioengineering incorporates five programmatic tracks:
Bioimaging and Signals
Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Engineering
Medical Product Engineering*
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
*(Please note this track has separate tracks for the MS and PhD).
The department has an active, interdisciplinary graduate bioengineering program in conjunction with faculty from the School of Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the clinical staffs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals, and other schools and departments at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
The graduate program is directed toward engineering and life science education and research, with particular emphasis on the PhD. Its scope is broadly defined to incorporate the application of engineering principles, methods, and technology in two broad areas: (1) scientific queries into fundamental biological phenomena and (2) the development of instrumentation, materials, devices, and systems relative to application in the biological sciences and medicine. Thus, the bioengineering faculty are applying various forms of engineering principles, mathematics, computation, technology, and methodology to a broad variety of medical and life sciences problems.
Applicants for admission are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 from an accredited BS program. They must submit transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing assessment-analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit the TOEFL, administered by the Educational Testing Service, with a minimum score of 550 (213 computer-based, 80 internet-based). In addition to these basic requirements, evidence of significant research and/or industrial experience is very important as further evidence of ability to perform well at the graduate level.
Students with a non-engineering background may be admitted provisionally on a case-by-case basis, and often are required to take undergraduate engineering and math courses considered as prerequisite for graduate course work in these areas. These undergraduate courses do not count toward their graduate degree credit requirements. Likewise, an undergraduate knowledge of physiology and basic biology and chemistry is assumed. In addition to the above basic requirements, evidence of significant research and/or industrial experience is very important as further evidence of ability to perform well at the graduate level. These experiences should be detailed clearly in recommendation letters, as well as in the student’s statement of purpose. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
All doctoral students in the Department of Bioengineering are currently supported either by research or departmental funds. Financial assistance is typically arranged between a student and a faculty advisor. Students with exceptional qualifications will be considered for additional departmental support and fellowships.