Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- PhD in Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Biomedical Engineering
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal statement of research interests
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Biomedical Engineering
- For Financial Consideration: February 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring. February 15 for Summer.
- Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Although housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, biomedical engineering at Nebraska is highly interdisciplinary, integrating engineering, biology, and medicine. Collaboration occurs among students and faculty from several of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering departments and between those in industry at local hospitals and medical centers. Major emphasis is placed on employing engineering techniques to improve human health by understanding both the engineering and medical needs of a situation.
Careers in medical research and medical practice including applications in tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, nanobiology, medical imaging, robotics, and ergonomics, as well as clinical, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering are all possible through biomedical engineering. The rewards are great when using the problem-solving skills learned in engineering to find solutions to healthcare issues.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Nonlinear Dynamics of MEMS; Smart MEMS; IoT; Smart Building; Online Monitoring and Diagnostics; Big Data Analysis
Emission Control Technologies; Biological Treatment of Recalcitrant Air Toxics; Atmospheric and Indoor Air Pollution Control; Treatment, Fate, Tansport of Emerging Contaminants; Advanced Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes Development
Solid Mechanics; Electromechanical Effects; Fiber Networks; Biomechanics
Cerebral Hemodynamics and Emboli Detection during Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Ultrasound Micromorphology Analysis of Achilles Tendon
Dentistry; Development of Maxillofacial Prosthetic Materials; Cartilage Tissue Engineering
Damage and Fracture with Peridynamics; Modeling of Corrosion Damage and Stress Corrosion Cracking; Failure in Heterogeneous Materials; Dynamics of Granular Materials; Optimization of Material Composition and Optimal Shape Design
Analytical Methods via Internet; Biomedical Devices; Fluid-Flow Sensors; Inverse Problems
Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Optical Networks; Graph Algorithms; Information Retrieval; Bioinformatics; Combinatorics
Multi-Domain Networks; Structural and Algorithmic Graph Theory; Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Bioinformatics; Data Mining Models
Robotic Highway Safety Markers; Miniature Surgical Robots; Real-Time Measurement of Track Stiffness; Planetary Cliff Descent Using Cooperative Robots
Structural Engineering; Materials Science; Biomedical Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Computer Applications; Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization of Engineered and Economic Systems; Aerospace
Sustainable Energy; Research and Training Provider Expertise in Airborne Infection Control; Mold and 'Sick Building' Syndrome; Fire, Explosive and Windstorm Mitigation; Post-Disaster Response and Recovery; Energy Efficiency
Interface Mechanics using Measurement-Calibrated Computational Approach, including Fluid-Structure Interaction, Hierarchical Tissue- Medical Implant Interface; Nano/Micro Fiber/Fiber and Fiber/Cell Interface
Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling
Optical Sensors/Actuators for Structural Health Monitoring; Micro/Nano Photonic Devices and Structures; Optical Biochemical Sensors
Digital Signal Processing; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Data Compression
Thermostabilization in Complex Systems Engineering; Human-interactive Neuromorphic Supercomputing Networks; Model-Based and Data-Driven Fault Detection and Diagnosis for Large-Scale Hybrid Networks; Nature-Inspired Swarm Intelligence Algorithms
Biomedical Engineering; Nanotechnology; Biological sensors; Disease Development and Resistance; Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species
Bioenergy Systems; Bioprocess Modeling and Optimization; Biochemical Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass
Biomedical Engineering; Biomaterials
In Vitro Models of Brain, Liver, Cancer Nanoscale Drug Delivery Platforms for miRNA/Small Drug Molecules
Developing nanoparticle-based delivery vehicles for transport into the brain for more effective brain cancer and brain injury treatments; Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of nucleic acids into brain tumors
Testing and Modeling Geomaterials; Computational-Experiemental Constitutive Damage Modeling
Indoor Air Quality; Air Flow Modeling and Measurement; Energy Simulation of HVAC Systems; Air Cleaning and Filtration Technologies
Stem Cell Therapy for Brain Diseases
Regulate Cell Function and Fate via Applying Biomaterial Cues; Integrate Molecular Engineering of Key Signaling Molecules to Reveal the Role of Focal Adhesion, Cytoskeletal Tension, Cell-Cell Interaction, and Immune Response
Nanoscale Laser Material Processing and Characterization; Nanoimprinting; Nanoparticle Formation; Thin Film Deposition
Large Deformation Thermo-Mechanical Response of Materials
Polymeric materials, nanostructures ans coatings
Mechanical Systems Design and Analysis; Medical Robotics; Modularity in Mechanical Systems; Graph-Theoretic Techniques in Robotics and Mechanical Systems Design
Apply Metabolic Engineering Principles and Synthetic Biology tools to the Microbial Synthesis of Industrial or other Value Added Chemicals from Renewable Feedstocks; Develop New Enzyme Catalysts and Auxiliary Functional Proteins
Laparoscopic and Esophageal Surgery; Esophageal Motility; Robotic Surgery
Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Bayesian Networks; Genetic Variations
Tissue Engineering of Growth Plate Cartilage; Gene Delivery to hMSCs; Gene Delivery in General; DNA Vaccination Particles
Digital Signal Processing; Computer Architecture; Parallel Computing; Wireless Sensor Networks; Image Processing; Multimedia Security; Cross Layer Design
Health Care Monitoring of Medicare Patients
Molecular Communication Theory for Nanonetworks; Communication Engineering Applied to Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems; Biological Circuit Network Engineering
Building Information Systems; Software Engineering; Bridge Engineering; Big Data Related to Asset Management; Seismic Engineering; Structural Dynamics Including Aeroelastic Phenomena; Multiphysics Simulations
Database Systems; Constraint Programming; Geographic Information Systems; Bioinformatics
Bioprocess Engineering and Biosensors; Detection of Pathogens in Drinking Water; Lung Cell Spectroscopy
Engineering Healthcare Environments Conducive to Healthy Occupant Outcomes; Effects of Sound on Human Perception, Performance, and Health; Multi-Source, Time-Variant Sound Environments; Quantifying Environmental Noise and Impacts
Experimental Investigations of Multi-Scale Phenomena of Fluid Flow and Cellular Mechanics and their Applications in Engineering Systems; Breast cancer stem Cell Regulation by ECM mechanics; Biophysical Mechanism of Calcium-Based Cell Motility
Reconstruction and Analysis of Genome-Scale and Community Models; Systems-Level Analysis of Omics Data
Gene Regulation Using uORFs in Yeast; Whole Genome Phylogeny; Characterizations of Microbiomes
Nanoscience of Hybrid Optical Materials; Generalized Ellipsometry; Nanostructure Properties and Multi-Ferroic Heterostructure
Facility Planning; Project Management; Ethics; Environmental Engineering; Sustainable Construction; Investigation of Renewable and Sustainable High Performance Building and Community Applications
Medical Device Manufacturing; Additive Manufacturing; Laser-Based Manufacturing; Process Sustainability and Energy Consumption; Surface Integrity; Fatigue and Corrosion; Biodegradable Metals; Finite Element Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
Physical Work Capacity Testing of Younger and Older Workers Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor; Back Injury Risk Analysis Using a Lumbar Motion Monitor (LLM)
Biomechanics; Human Movement Variability and Injury PreventionUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Biomaterials; Ultrasound Medicine and Biology; Protein Engineering and Design
Biomedical Research; Medical Therapeutics, Devices, and Surgical Tools; Intuitive, Ambulatory Biosensors; Biomechanical Behavior of Tissues and Organs
Multiscale Characterization; Elastic and Stochastic Wave Propagation; Experimental Ultrasonics; Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations; Structural Acoustics
Safer, More Abundant Sources of Biotherapeutics; Pioneered Genetically Engineered Versions of Human Anticoagulant; Protein C, Human Anti-Hemophiliac Factors VIII and IX, and Fibrinogen from the Milk of Transgenic Livestock
Solid Phase Reactants; Thermal Stresses and Crack Development; Piezoelectric Sensors; Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Theoretical Investigation of Errors in Polymerase Chain Reaction Process
Noise Control; Room Acoustics; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Lighting and Power Distribution Systems for Buildings; Building Environmental Effects on Humans
Fluid Dynamics; Role of Fluid-Structure Interactions of Vocal Folds in Voice Production; Multiscale Modeling of Atherogenesis; Interaction of Fluid Stresses on Bacterial Biofilm Growth and Evolution
Modeling Biological Processes at Cellular Level Using Queuing Theory; Molecular Signaling, Gene Delivery, Targeted Drug Delivery, Metabolomics Networks
Nanorobotics, BioMEMS and Mechanobiology; Micro/Nanosytems for Cellular Engineering to Manipulate Cells Through Delivery of Biomolecules; Cell-Cell Interactions to Understand Mechanotransduction Under Physio/Pathological Conditions