Engineering (PHD) - Biomedical 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. 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.

Admission Requirements

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 
  • 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.
  • Resume


Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Chair

Greg Bashford


Kayla Person

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