Program in Biomedical Engineering College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Program in Biomedical Engineering College of Engineering Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Biomedical Engineering at a High Ranking University

Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), located in Melbourne, Fla., is recognized as a distinguished institution committed to distinction in academic achievement since its founding in 1959. "Forbes" magazine ranks Florida Tech among the top 15% of American colleges, while "US News & World Report" lists it as a Tier One National University.

The biomedical engineering program at Florida Tech offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Biomedical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology

Biomedical engineering at Florida Tech's College of Engineering integrates engineering approaches with scientific techniques to explore physiological and biological problems and their solutions in healthcare. Practitioners seek to improve medicine through engineering innovations. Graduate students may work on projects to design new equipment or find novel uses for existing technologies and procedures within the health sciences by combining knowledge of biological systems with engineering best practices.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Florida Tech

The MS in biomedical engineering is offered in both a thesis and a non-thesis option at Florida Tech. Both require 30 hours of course work. The thesis option requires an original research-based thesis which may count for 6 of the required credit hours.

Elective courses replace the thesis in the non-thesis option. A final program examination is required of students in either degree track. All students take 2 core courses: "Applied Physiology" and "Biomedical Applications in Physiology." Depending on their interests each student must also choose at least 3 courses from a core curriculum of "Biomaterials and Tissue Regeneration," "Biomedical Instrumentation," "Medical Imaging," "Orthopedic Biomechanics," and "Transport Topics in Bioengineering."

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Biomedical Engineering at Florida Tech

The doctoral program requires an original research contribution into some particular problem within the field of biomedical engineering. The program requires a minimum of 42 hours beyond the requirements for an MS. At least 18 of the required hours will be in course work focused on the applicant's chosen field of study.

Students spend an additional 18 hours each on their dissertations. Successful candidates exhibit broad knowledge of biomedical engineering as well as detailed understanding of specialized subject material while demonstrating the creativity and individual initiative required to create and implement novel solutions.

Outstanding Facilities at Florida Institute of Technology

As part of the College of Engineering at Florida Tech, Biomedical Engineering graduate students have access to an amazing array of laboratories and research centers. The Harris Center for Science and Engineering provides state-of-the-art computing facilities and abundant lab space.

The F.W. Olin Life Sciences building has 12 "flex-space" lab areas designed to meet the needs of specific activities. The multidisciplinary Applied Research Laboratory facility has the latest in lasers, electrooptics and neural network-based sensing equipment.

Illustrious Faculty at Florida Tech

Florida Tech professors are noted both for their leadership and outstanding contributions to their fields of study. Dr. Kunal Mitra heads the program in biomedical engineering. Professor Mitra is a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Optical Society of America. His research interests include ablation using short-pulse lasers, optical tomography systems, and fiber optic nanobiosensors.

College of Engineering Dean Frederick Ham is president of the International Neural Network Society. A fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Ham is also associate editor of the "IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks." His research interests include neural networks, infrasound signal processing, biomedical signaling processing and non-invasive glucose monitoring.

Dr. Veton Kepuska is an expert in human-machine interaction and communication. He invented "Wake-up Word," a speech recognition technology that mimics natural human speech patterns. A member of editorial board for "The Journal of Signal and Image Processing," Kepuska has won the prestigious UML-ADI Voice Assistive Device Competition and numerous prizes for speech recognition devices and software.

An Energetic Campus

Campus is located in Melbourne, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean on the central east coast of Florida. An average daily temperature of around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) and 300+ days of sunshine annually make outdoor activities -- like swimming, sailing and surfing -- a popular part of the Florida Tech lifestyle.

Additional features that make the Florida Tech campus stand out are its beautiful botanical garden, textile art museum, public radio station, and its theater and outdoor concert space, which features a variety of entertaining performances throughout the year.

With more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations on campus, there is always something to do.

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Location & Contact

Program in Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
United States

Dr. Ted Conway

Department Head

Phone: 321-674-8491
Fax: 321-674-7270

Ms. Cheryl Brown

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 321-674-7581
Fax: 321-723-9468

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biomedical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 4
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


59% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 86
    • Accepted 51
    • Acceptance Rate 59
    • Enrolled 13
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 30th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of objectives
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.2, 3 letters of recommendation, and resume, statement of objectives
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition remissions

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Part-time Percentage13%
    • Full-time Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino25%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian12%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiosensors, biomechanics, short pulse lasers, bioactive materials, medical photonics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$23,662