Ph.D. Application Procedure

Ph.D. Application Procedure

Details related to the application process for prospective BME Ph.D. students can be found on the CCNY Graduate Admissions website. Admissions deadlines and instructions for online application can be found there. The direct link to the admissions application can be found here.

The application deadline is May 1 for the Fall semester, although to be fully considered for financial aid applications should be submitted by January 15. The deadline for the Spring semester is November 15. Please note that while students can be admitted in the Spring semester, there is more financial support available in the Fall semester.

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. GRE Scores are strongly recommended. Applicants that intend to submit an application without GRE scores are encouraged to contact faculty with whom they would like to work with, and ask if the GRE is an important criterion. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must also take an English Language Test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo). Minimum test scores are listed here: While there are no minimum scores for the GRE, 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, 21200, 21300)
  • 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)

Fellowships & Research Assistantships

The BME department typically accepts Ph.D. students only if we can provide financial support for them. Full research assistantships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships are available for qualified candidates. Decisions on financial support are made with or following program acceptance decisions. Students interested in the BME Ph.D. program may inquire further about our faculty and research areas before applying to the program, although to be considered for admission and financial support a full application must be submitted by the application deadlines.

The CCNY BME Ph.D. program also participates in the GEM Fellowship Program (National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program.