Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from a college or university of accredited standing, in a branch of engineering or science appropriate to the study of biomedical engineering. The applicant's academic record must demonstrate the promise of superior performance in advanced study and research, as evidenced by a strong undergraduate record, strong letters of recommendation, and a focused statement of purpose that explains why the applicant wants to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores are NOT required for Spring or Fall 2021 admission. We strongly recommend you submit score reports if you have taken the GRE and admissions committees may request additional information or interviews as an alternative means of evaluating applicants’ qualifications. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). While there are no minimum scores for the GRE or TOEFL, it is expected that the scores demonstrate aptitude for graduate research.

For entry into the Ph.D. program, courses normally taken as an undergraduate in biomedical engineering should have been completed (see the list of courses below).

Students applying to the Ph.D. program with a master's degree may transfer up to 30 credits if the coursework is similar to the courses in the CCNY biomedical engineering Ph.D. program.

For more information related to the admissions process, please see the BME Ph.D. Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

Courses Normally Taken as an Undergraduate in Biomedical Engineering:

(City College courses satisfying the requirements are given in parentheses)

  • 1 year of physics (PHYS 20700 & 20800)
  • 1 year of chemistry (CHEM 10301 & 10401)
  • 1 course in organic chemistry and/or biochemistry (CHEM 21000)
  • 1 semester of physiology (BIO 32100)
  • 1 semester of cell and molecular biology (BIO 22900) recommended, not required
  • 3 semesters of calculus (MATH 20100, 20200, 20300)
  • 1 semester of differential equations (MATH 39100)
  • 1 semester of linear algebra and vector analysis (MATH 39200)
  • 1 semester of thermodynamics (ENGR 23000 or ChE 22900)
  • 1 semester of transport phenomena (ChE 34100) or fluid mechanics (ME 35600)
  • 1 semester of electrical circuits (ENGR 20400)
  • 1 semester of linear systems analysis (EE 20500)
  • 1 semester of statics (ME 24600)
  • 1 semester of mechanics of materials (ME 33000)