The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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*** The Master of Science program in Biomedical Engineering is currently under development and not accepting applications at this time.*** 

We are accepting applications for PhD students to matriculate in Fall 2022. The application deadline is January 31, 2022. Applications and instructions can be found here and here. We are continuing to waive the requirement for GRE scores this year due to COVID-19.

In the Biomedical Engineering graduate program, you’ll advance healthcare using the latest experimental and computational techniques at the intersection of biology, medicine, and engineering. You can focus on topics in biomaterials, tissue engineering, orthopedics, medical devices, molecular therapies, bioinstrumentation, cardiovascular, biosensors, ergonomics/human factors engineering, or chart your own path in an area of mutual interest with one of the renowned faculty.

Faculty Research Areas

  • Prabhani Atukorale: Immunoengineering; Immunotherapeutics; Novel nanomaterials; Tumor immunology; Tumor microenvironment; Synthetic tumor niches
  • Stacyann Bailey: Bone extracellular matrix quality; Biomechanics; Osteoporosis; Bone metastasis; Cancer-treatment related skeletal effects; Population health; and Fracture risk
  • Yu Chen: Optical imaging for neuroimaging, early cancer detection, transplant organ evaluation, and tissue engineering; optical coherence tomography (OCT); multi-photon microscopy (MPM); fluorescence molecular imaging (FMI); laminar optical tomography (LOT); and endoscopy
  • Chase Cornelison: Soft biomaterials; Neural tissue engineering; Interstitial fluid flow; Tumor microenvironment
  • Seth Donahue: Bioinspired Material Design; Bone Tissue Engineering; Comparative Biomechanics; Hibernation Physiology; Paleo-engineering and Biomechanics
  • Cathal Kearney: Biomaterials; Drug Delivery; Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering; On-Demand Delivery of Therapeutics
  • Siyuan Rao: Biotechnology and Neurobiological interfaces; neural modulation; neurophysics; nanomedicine; neuroelectronics; integrated neural probes

Currently available positions

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum gpa: 3.25
  • Minimum GRE scores: Verbal-152, Quant-153, Writing-4.0 (waived for Fall 2022 admissions)
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency scores (for non-native English speakers):
    • TOEFL: 80
    • IETLS: 6.5
    • PTE Academic: 53
  • Bachelor’s degree in math, science, or engineering. A degree in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field is highly encouraged.

Application Requirements