Ph.D. Program

Our research-oriented Ph.D. program provides high-level command of concepts and an unsurpassed research experience that turns students into world-class researchers with specialization in their chosen area of research.


BME Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

Biomedical engineering at Cornell University focuses on interdisciplinary research to achieve a quantitative understanding of human biology at all spatial and temporal scales, from molecules and cells to tissues and organs, with the goal of improving human health. Our mission is to educate students to understand the human body as an integrated system and the mechanisms of disease through quantitative engineering analysis, and to use that understanding to design better therapeutic strategies, devices, and diagnostics. 

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: The application requirements and deadline for the Ph.D. programs are listed on the Graduate School's website.

GRE: Cornell's graduate field of biomedical engineering will no longer requires GRE scores from applicants, and will review all applications blinded for GRE scores.

Graduate Student Experience at Cornell

Graduate education at Cornell is focused on individualized programs tailored to the background, needs, and interests of each student. Cornell combines an Ivy League tradition with many features of a land grant university to provide outstanding programs of teaching and research in all areas of human inquiry. Students shape their course of study working within an academic framework developed with a Special Committee of faculty advisors chosen by the student. Doctoral programs are typically completed in five to six years.

Research Areas

While a list of our research areas cannot fully capture the integrated nature of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell, it does provide helpful information to understand the breadth of research available at the Meinig School. 

Opportunities for Training in Education and Outreach

In addition to a world-class research environment, the BME department at Cornell has opportunities for you to learn to become a better educator, communicator, and science advocate. Cornell BME students have opportunities to teach students at various levels, from middle school through high school to undergraduates, educating them about science and engineering.

Ph.D. Linkage Program

Ph.D. students who will do their thesis research in a NYC lab generally signup for the Linkage Program, which includes an increased stipend and access to subsidized housing. For more information and forms, visit the links below.


Tibra Wheeler

I was amazed at how inclusive and family-oriented the BME faculty, staff, and students were. Many things assured me that I would be in a supportive and collaborative environment which is exactly what I wanted and needed.

— Tibra Wheeler, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program Features

2018 immersion group

Ph.D. Summer Immersion Term

Clinical practice and research in a hospital setting (8-week summer) at Weill Cornell Medicine and associated hospitals in New York City.

Ph.D. Spotlights