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Admission Requirements: Ph.D

Admission Requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate or master's degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree program are described below. Note that admission is very competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least 1 year of engineering (calculus-based) physics, 1 year of chemistry, 1 year of biology, and mathematics up to Differential Equations or Engineering Analysis I. Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to take selected courses as a condition of acceptance.
  • Applicants with a master's degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master's degree program. Applicants with a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) will evaluate each student's transcript and credit will be recommended for transfer on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the doctoral degree.
  • A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper version)/79 (internet version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The applicant's performance on a standardized test will be considered, in addition to other criteria, for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's readiness for doctoral study are required.
  • A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant's research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English. Additional information can be found at the UTSA Graduate School "future students" website:

Financial Aid & Housing

  • All doctoral applicants applying for full-time status will automatically be considered for a general stipend per year plus full-tuition and fees and health insurance. Supplemental stipends ($1,000 to $5,000) for outstanding students are also available. Scholarships (stipends + tuition + fees + insurance) offered to our current students range from $26,000 to $35,000 per year.
  • Scholarships in Rehabilitation Medicine: Scholarships are available for both M.S. and Ph.D. research in rehabilitation medicine. If interested, please contact the BME Program office for additional information.
  • Other Financial Assistance: Teaching and research assistantships may also be available from research mentors. There are also financial aid opportunities such as the Beldon Scholarship, Mcnair & others.
  • Student Housing:At the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) students have a choice of on-campus housing options. The newest on-campus residences are Laurel Village and Chaparral Village. These two complexes offer apartment-style living with a choice of either two or four private bedrooms in an apartment with a living room and a kitchenette with a microwave, sink and full-size refrigerator (no stove/oven). These complexes are owned and managed by UTSA and residents are required to purchase meal plans.

Recent News & Updates

  • Incoming Students
    All qualifying exams (QE’s) need to be completed for all new incoming students within one year of entering the program. Completion of QE's is expected no later than August 31, 2018.
    UTSA contact: Dr. Eric Brey and Dr. Liang Tang
    UTHSCSA contact: Dr. Jack Lancaster and Dr. Randy Glickman
  • 3 Minute Thesis: Ngoni Madungwe
    Congratulations to Ngoni Madungwe! He won first place at the 3 Minute Thesis competition at the Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium. read more »
  • BME Entrepreneurs Win Big At The Women’s Start up Pitch Competition: Biomedical Engineering entrepreneurs Lauren Cornell and Bianca Cerqueira won first place at the Women's Start up Pitch Competition at read more »
  • Associate Director of the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program Named: The Graduate Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that Dr. Jean Jiang will serve as the Associate Director of the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, effective immediately. read more »
  • Sharon Kwee Plays Violin For Patients: For an in-depth interview with Sharon Kwee and the great things she does in the field of biomedical engineering and volunteering, read more »