Department of Bioengineering Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Bioengineering Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University, State University of New York

Binghamton, NY
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2 Degrees Offered
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MS and PhD degree programs combine life science and engineering to improve human health

The Department of Bioengineering at Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science offers both MS and PhD degrees in bioengineering. 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 bioengineering 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 Bioengineering 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 bioengineering prepares students for careers in the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical, and healthcare fields.

Students pursuing the 54-credit PhD in Bioengineering 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 Bioengineering 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

Bioengineering 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 bioengineering 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.

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Research and teaching facilities

Binghamton's bioengineering 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, bioengineers 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 bioengineering 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 & 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 2
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 54
    • Accepted 49
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 22
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • 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 awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Part-time Percentage24%
    • Full-time Percentage76%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino17%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%

Location & Contact

Department of Bioengineering

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University, State University of New York

4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
United States

Ms. Ellen Tilden

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Phone: 607-777-2873
Fax: 607-777-5349

Ms. Kishan Zuber

Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-2151
Fax: 607-777-2501


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty13
    • Full-time Percentage85%
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%




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