Earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering through one of the participating departments.
This is an interdepartmental program. See specific specializations for more information.
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. Faculty and students often partner with physicians and clinical staff at many hospitals, medical research centers, and inpatient/outpatient clinics, as well as with biomedical engineering companies. 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 industry for biomedical engineers include applications in tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, nanobiology, medical imaging, robotics, and ergonomics, as well as clinical, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering. The rewards are great when using problem-solving skills learned in engineering to find solutions to healthcare issues.
See Biomedical Engineering for more information.
If you are looking for MS-level study: UNL does not currently offer a master's degree in biomedical engineering. If you are interested in a Master's degree, contact engineering departments regarding available specializations/emphases in biomedical engineering -- e.g., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MS) with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE (International applicants only)
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal Statement: This statement should include the topic(s) within biomedical engineering you would like to pursue studies. For possible research topics, see faculty pages on the College of Engineering website.
Computer Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers graduate programs in Telecommunications and Computer Engineering leading to master's and doctoral degrees. The graduate program prepares students for professional and research careers in industry and academia through providing a strong breadth of knowledge and depth of expertise in telecommunications engineering and computer engineering.
Graduate students have the opportunity to experience and contribute to innovative engineering research in areas of wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, multimedia processing, network security, optical communications, biomedical communications engineering, and other related research areas. Students are able to participate in interdisciplinary studies with other departments and programs at the University of Nebraska including the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The ECE Department has extensive state-of-the-art research and computing facilities for all areas of active research including access to the Holland Computing Center which has over 5,600 processors and is capable of a sustainable computation rate of more than 20 trillion floating-point operations per second (20 TFlops).
The ECE Department is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln program located in the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha. The Peter Kiewit Institute was established to support high-quality research by faculty and students coupled with business and economic development initiatives to generate unity-of-effort among academic, industry and local, state and federal government organizations in solving local, regional and national problems.
See Computer and Electrical Engineering for complete information.
Personal Statement: Why did you choose our program? Tell us about your research interests and/or previous research and your qualifications, along with your career goals. Do you have a faculty member that has research in your area of interest that you would like to work with or have contacted? (1-2 pages)
Computer Engineering - Computer Science
The Ph.D. program in computer engineering is supported jointly by the faculty in the computer science and engineering department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the computer and electronics engineering department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 50 miles away. Students on both campuses work closely with faculty and with professionals working in the field and industry.
For Financial Consideration: Apply by January 15 for Fall, by September 1 for Spring.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply by March 1 for Fall or September 1 for Spring; after these deadlines only exceptional applications with the approval of the Graduate Admissions Chair will be considered.
See Computer Science and Engineering for complete information.
Construction Engineering and Management
Degree programs in construction are offered at the two University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering sites, Lincoln's City Campus and the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.
The Durham School's Construction Management Department (Lincoln) and Construction Systems Department (Omaha) are approximately 50 miles apart within the metropolitan area of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Students on both campuses work closely with faculty and with professionals working in the field and industry. These graduate programs offer a unique blend of courses and graduate research in business, construction management, construction engineering, engineering, architecture, law, and related disciplines. The emphasis is on advanced studies in construction with application to a broad range of construction activities and applied research.
See Construction Engineering and Management for complete information.
- Personal Statement: In 1-2 pages, this statement should highlight academic and work-related history, state your short-term and long-term professional goals, describe personal strengths that will help you achieve those goals, and describe how this degree or certificate would help you achieve those goals.
The Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) program provides a comprehensive graduate education at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels supported by over 30 faculty and 140 graduate students working to solve a broad range of problems. The program boasts expertise in fundamental areas such as solids, fluids, heat transfer, dynamics, vibrations, materials, manufacturing, and design with applications from medical robotics to rehabilitation, magnetic levitation to energy applications, 3D printing to nano-machining, tissue engineering to advanced fibers for composites, materials characterization to nondestructive evaluation, and computational analysis and simulation to computational materials optimization.
The faculty and students in the program work on a range of problems focusing frequently on a mix of experimental understanding and characterization, theoretical modeling and simulation, numerical analysis, and modeling and simulation. These activities are supported through a broad range of experimental facilities including laboratories for computational fluid and solid mechanics and thermodynamics; micro-mechanics, fabrication and combustion; robotics and mechatronics; rapid solidification; thin films; x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy; atomic force microscopy; biomaterial and mechanotranduction; tissue and arterial mechanics; nontraditional manufacturing; dynamics and vibrations; nondestructive evaluation and ultrasonics; organic and nano-electronics; polymer composites and advanced fibers; polymer mechanics and 3D printing; power systems; surface mechanics and tribology; trauma mechanics.
Students entering the program with a B.S. degree can either enter an M.S. program or directly start a Ph.D. program, with the option of obtaining an M.S. on the way to completing their Ph.D. Students in the program at the M.S. level can also select from a broad range of specializations.
See Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics for complete information.
- Entrance exam(s):
- Statement of Purpose including research interests and objectives
- Resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
For full financial consideration, students must apply by January 15 for Fall, October 15 for Spring, February 15 for Summer.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
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