Bioengineering PhD Program

PhD Program

On July 22, 2014, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia approved the formation of the PhD degree in Bioengineering at George Mason University. The Bioengineering PhD program officially launched in January 2015. For more information on how to apply please visit the Volgenau School’s website .

The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering, physics, and computer science. The doctoral program will prepare leaders in bioengineering in this broader, integrative sense of the discipline. A major distinguishing feature of the curriculum is that it is designed to educate leaders who understand and appreciate how biomedical technology is translated from the bench to the bedside. Regardless whether they will eventually serve at universities, industry or government, they will understand that new types of devices and processes resulting from advanced research not only need to be “better”, but that they must be “cost-effective” to reach the public. As demanded by their leadership positions, they will recognize that entrepreneurial considerations are essential for determining whether a planned diagnostic or therapeutic approach is likely to be practical and useful for society.

Four concentration areas are offered, aligned with current faculty research interests: biomedical imaging, data-driven biomechanical modeling, nano-scale bioengineering, and neuroengineering.

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MS Program – Coming Soon

The MS program in Bioengineering has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

For more information please see catalog.