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Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Rowan biomedical engineering student performs research.

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering (HRCOE) emphasizes intensive, novel research within a flexible graduate curriculum with a core focused on technical fundamentals.

With faculty-mentored biomedical research, students are trained to use engineering approaches to solve a novel contemporary biomedical problem in areas including biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, biomechanics, biomedical robotics, drug delivery, biomolecule detection, and other emerging areas. Students in the biomedical engineering doctoral program benefit from our close association with physicians at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, which stimulates translation into the clinic.

With world-class research at the forefront of HRCOE's biomedical engineering discipline, as well as a growing business school on the main campus, HRCOE allows students to take advantage of South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes.

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University requires the completion of 72 hours of graduate level coursework and research credits as well as the successful completion of a novel research project completed under the mentorship of a faculty advisor and culminating in a Doctoral Dissertation. The Doctoral Dissertation should demonstrate the student's ability to effectively apply engineering principles to solve a contemporary biomedical problem.

For applicants with undergraduate majors that are not Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field, Biomedical Engineering Core undergraduate courses may be required for completion of the degree (these courses are in addition to 30 required hours of graduate credits).

  • 10 Courses / 72 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
BME 11540 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
BME 11550 Advanced Biocompatibility and Immunoengineering 3
BME 11573 Biomaterials Engineering 3
BME 11610 Biomedical Imaging 3
BME 11611 Biological Transport Phenomena 3
CHE 06586 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics 3
MATH 01515 Engineering Applications of Analysis 3
MBS 43751 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 3
MBS 43752 Fundamentals of Cell Biology II 3
Elective Courses: 18 S.H.
BME 11551 Advanced Mechanobiology 3
BME 11552 Advanced Cell Bioelectricity 3
BME 11553 Regulatory Strategies in Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 11568 Advanced Phenomena in Biomaterials Science 3
----- Synthetic Biology 3
----- Stem Cell Microenvironments 3
----- Controlled Release 3
BME 11602 Writing and Winning Grant Proposals in the Biomedical Field 3
ECE 09560 Artificial Neural Networks 3
----- Orthopedic Engineering 3
BME 11602 Writing and Winning Grant Proposal in the Biomedical Field 3
ENGR 01511 Engineering Optimization 3
ENGR 01510 Finite Element Analysis 3
ENGR 01512 Principles of Nanotechnology 3
CEE 08573 Advanced Structural Analysis 3
CEE 08675 Fracture Mechanics 3
CHE 06518 Polymer Engineering 3
CHE 06571 Biomedical Control Systems 3
CHE 06572 Biomedical Process Eng. 3
CHE 06576 Bioseparation Processes I 3
CHE 06578 Tissue Engineering 3
CHE 06584 Controlled Release Theory 3
ME 10505 Mechanics of Composites 3
ME 10506 Computational Material Science 3
ME 10522 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 10550 Advanced Solid Mechanics 3
ME 10570 Principles in Biomechanics 3
ME 10571 Principles in Biotransport 3
MATH 01505 Probability and Mathematical Statistics 3
MATH 01512 Complex Analysis I 3
MATH 01521 Nonlinear Differential Equations 3
MATH 03550 Topics in Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 03610 Applied Statistical Epidemiology 3
MATH 03611 Special Topics in Biomathematics 3
STAT 02510 Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis 3
STAT 02525 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3
Research Credits: 42 S.H.
ENGR 01699 Doctoral Research 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten essay that includes a statement of professional objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Foundation courses that need to be completed prior to starting the program:

    • Calculus III
    • Differential Equations
    • Linear Algebra
  • Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate foundation courses at an accredited institution prior to applying:

    • Chemistry I
    • Physics I
    • Calculus I & II
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