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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Binghamton, NY


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MS and PhD degree programs combine life science and engineering to improve human health

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science offers both MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering. The programs prepare graduate engineers to face 21st-century challenges by advancing understanding of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease and the health complications associated with physiologic and sociologic factors such as aging, environment, and diet. Students graduate with diverse career opportunities in healthcare and other industries, working to improve human health through scientific and technological advances.

While the scope of the university's two graduate degrees in biomedical engineering is similar, the depth of study differs. Students typically take 1.5 to 2.5 years to complete the university's 30-credit Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree program. They complete the core curriculum and electives before undertaking a research project. Students learn engineering principles and develop analytical and leadership skills as they relate to medical settings. They also hone their communication skills with the program's emphasis on writing. The MS degree program in Biomedical Engineering prepares students for careers in the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical, and healthcare fields.

Students pursuing the 54-credit PhD in Biomedical Engineering degree program also complete core coursework and electives, but they choose among electives at the 600 level and conduct in-depth research. To fulfill program requirements, they must contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their fields of study and demonstrate an understanding of the development of technologies within the healthcare industry. Thus, in addition to being prepared for academic or industry careers related to medical technology, graduates have the backgrounds needed to pursue entrepreneurial roles in the healthcare field. The PhD degree program culminates in a dissertation. The typical time to degree for the doctoral program is 5 years.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has approximately 13 faculty members and 32 graduate students, giving students ample opportunities to collaborate with world-class scholars and researchers on cutting-edge biomedical science and engineering research. Nearly a third of current Watson graduate students receive funding though federal agencies and industry partners including the US Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.

Work with professors who are leaders in the field

Biomedical Engineering faculty members play a leading role in a wide range of research activities at Binghamton University, both as individuals and as members of larger research groups or directing core research facilities. In 2013-14, Binghamton had over $1.4 million in funding for new faculty research projects.

Faculty members within the biomedical engineering department are currently exploring and conducting research in areas such as: stem cell engineering and regenerative medicine, 3D tissue and organ printing, advanced biomanufacturing, single molecule imaging and biosensing, nanomedicine and nanotoxicity, optogenetics, vaccine development, skin biomechanics, in vitro models of organs and tissues for drug discovery, drug delivery and molecular imaging, bioelectromagnetics, smart medical devices, bioinformatics, data-driven synthetic biology, computer supported diagnosis and prognosis, interactive evolutionary computation, human physiology and chronic diseases, and evolution of smart machines based on spiking neural networks. To explore biomedical engineering faculty member research in detail, interested students should go to

Research and teaching facilities

Binghamton's biomedical engineering program provides students with first-class biomedical science and engineering research facilities including state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for research in stem cell and regenerative medicine, 3D tissue and organ printing, cell and tissue cultures, organs-on-chip, genomics, proteomics, molecular imaging, mechanobiology, nanomedicine, and computational biology. Two teaching laboratories (a wet lab and a dry lab) offer advanced data acquisition and analysis tools such as inverted microscopes, spectrophotometers, oscilloscopes, centrifuges, and autonomous mobile robots, while computing clusters are available for high-speed data analysis, modeling, and simulation.

In the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center students join faculty and staff members in conducting clinical trials, and in the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center they conduct work in micro and nano systems engineering. Students also have opportunities to collaborate with clinicians at five nearby medical centers.

Students find success following graduation

Following graduation, biomedical engineers have a variety of career options, including employment in industry, hospitals, research facilities in educational and medical institutions, colleges and universities, and government regulatory agencies. Some biomedical engineers go on to medical school, while others continue their education. Graduates from Binghamton University's biomedical engineering program are employed in a range of settings including the US Food and Drug Administration, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, National Academy of Sciences, US Navy, GE Healthcare, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Landon IP, Humacyte Inc., and American Systems Corporation.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 31
Doctoral Degrees 5

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.06%
Black or African American 7.58%
White or Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.52%
Asian 3.03%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 1.52%
Unknown 1.52%


Male (65%)
Female (34%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 10
Part-time - 0
Male (5)
Female (5)

Location & Contact

Address 4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000
United States
Contact Gretchen Mahler
Graduate Program Director
Phone: 607-777-5238

Binghamton University, State University of New York