PhD and MS Programs

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 will officially launch 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

Students can conduct Bioengineering research and training under the mentorship of Bioengineering faculty while working toward a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and possibly other programs. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is offering an MS in Electrical Engineering with a Specialization in Bioengineering:

Faculty Advisors: Agrawal , Bray , Ikonomidou , Joiner , Laurence , Pancrazio , Peixoto , Salvador-Morales , Sikdar , Wei – a tentative plan of study should be approved by one of the aforementioned bioengineering faculty members before registering for any of the listed below courses

  1. BENG 501 Research Methods in Bioengineering (proposed)
  2. BENG 525/ECE 590 Neural Engineering
  3. ECE 530 Sensor Engineering
  4. BENG 538/ECE 538 Medical Imaging
  5. BENG 541 Biomaterials
  6. BENG 551 Translational Bioengineering (proposed)
  7. ECE 590 Biomedical Signal Processing
  8. ECE 620 Optimal Control Theory
  9. ECE 621 Systems Identification
  10. BENG 636 Advanced Biomedical Signal Processing
  11. ECE 699 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Signal Processing
  12. ECE 722 Kalman Filtering with Applications
  13. BENG 725 Computational Motor Control (proposed)
  14. ECE 734 Detection and Estimation Theory
  15. ECE 738 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  16. BENG 738 Advanced Medical Image Processing (proposed)
  17. ECE 754 Optimum Array Processing I