PhD in Bioengineering

“The Bioengineering PhD Program and highly supportive faculty enabled me to acquire essential research skills and deepen my knowledge in Computational Biomedical Engineering.”

— Felicitas Detmer, PhD graduate, currently a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard Medical School
Kerry Brown, George Mason University PhD in Bioengineering alumnus, was working in one of our labs
Extensive Facilities
Extensive Facilities

Kerry Brown, PhD Neuroscience 2012, worked with professor Giorgio Ascoli who is developing technologies and models to investigate neural circuits. Mason’s bioengineering laboratories and centers are well equipped to lead the development of new medical treatments and technology that could revolutionize health care.


A PhD in bioengineering is the gateway to technological innovation in the health care industry. Your degree will take your training to the next level, giving you the breadth of knowledge and the experience you need to make innovative change.

As a student in our doctoral program, you'll become a leader in the bioengineering field. You'll master the technological changes that are revolutionizing the medical profession.

A major feature of our curriculum is teaching students how to discover solutions through the creative process and then develop them to direct applications in clinical practice and commercialized technologies.

While you're here, you'll have the opportunity to work with some of the top scientists in the field.

  • We develop computational models to study blood flow in the brain to understand how aneurysms form, progress, and rupture and to correct eye diseases. This work receives funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  • We are using the latest ultrasound technology to improve prosthetics for arms, hands, and legs and to combine with photonics for high-resolution photoacoustic microscopy. These projects are funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

  • We are putting together maps of neuron connections in the brain to understand brain function and studying dopamine pathways related to disease with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Our researchers are working on novel therapeutics using biomaterials and nanoparticles to treat cancer and tissue degeneration and to develop next-generation vaccines with support from the National Institutes of Health.

The PhD program is open to students with engineering or science degrees since an introductory set of courses provides complementary knowledge in either the biological or engineering fields not covered in the student's previous education. Each student then completes core courses in Research Methods, Multidisciplinary Research, Clinical and Commercialization Courses, and Statistics prior to 4 courses specializing in one of the following 4 concentrations:

University-wide technical electives and lab rotations are also included. Each student is guided through the process of a qualifying exam, research proposal, and research dissertation by a committee of four experts in the chosen field, leading to a broad foundation in Bioengineering combined with deep expertise in a chosen field. Our graduates go on to high-level industry and academic positions both nationally and internationally.

We will waive the application fee for applicants with GRE scores of 310 (Quant+Verbal) and a GPA of 3.2, if they submit their application by the Dec 1 deadline. Please contact Carol McHugh for inquiries.

Check out the catalog for more information.

Milestones, proposed timeline, instructions, and forms for PhD students

Graduate Student Handbook found here.