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Biomedical Engineering

For more information contact

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University
Box 90281
Durham, NC 27708-0281
(919) 660-5132

Email: MS program:

           PhD program:

General Information

Degree offered:
Masters, Ph.D.
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
100% of Ph.D. students; masters students are self-funded
Part time study available:

Program Description

Areas of specialization include: biochemical engineering, bioanalytic chemistry, biofluid mechanics, biomedical materials, biomedical modeling, biosensors, biotechnology, cell and tissue engineering, computational systems biology and synthetic biology, DNA-based therapeutics, data acquisition and processing, drug delivery, electrophysiology, ultrasound imaging and instrumentation, orthopaedic biomechanics, molecular surface engineering, neuronal circuits of the brain, physiologic transport and flow, protein engineering, radionuclide imaging, women's reproductive health, soft tissue mechanics, genomics, and optical coherence tomography. The department comprises approximately 56,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space. Excellent computer facilities and services are available, along with unrestricted access to the Duke University library system, including the Medical Center Library, the Bostock Library, and the Math-Physics Library. The department has its own machine shop. Study is enhanced by strong, active collaboration with the Duke University Medical Center and the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. Opportunities are available for students to collaborate with medical industry.


Application Information

Application Terms Available
Spring, Fall

Application Deadlines
Ph.D. and Master of Science: October 1

Ph.D.: December 15
Master of Science: February 1

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional for 2022)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Writing Sample
None required

Additional Components
Masters: Providing a recorded video response is required. The video recording platform is available within the online application.

PhD: Providing a recorded video response is optional but recommended. The video response gives you an opportunity to strengthen your application and in the case of some international students, can help us assess your English language skills. Completion of a video can potentially negate the need for a live language interview later on in the application process. If you choose to include a video, the video recording platform is available within the online application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: 

Departmental Application Guidance (Masters)

Departmental Application Guidance (PhD)