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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

Graduate School of Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

Date Program Established - 10/23/2004

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering program at UTSA is a joint program with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). The data represents both UTSA and UTHSCA.

1 Number of Degrees Per Year 3.34 (average, 2009-2011)
2 Graduation Rates --
3 Average Time to Degree 5.16 Years (average, 2009-2011)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 1 100% 0% 0%
2009-2010 3 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 5 80% 0% 20%
5 Admissions Criteria

Students who hold an undergraduate or master’s degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. Students from non-engineering backgrounds are required to take selected fundamental engineering courses as a condition of acceptance.
  • Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. The Doctoral Studies Committee will evaluate each student’s transcript and credit will be recommended for transfer on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the doctoral degree.
  • A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; paper version). The applicant’s performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria, for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
  • A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.

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6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 5 (88%)
7 Average Financial Support Provided $31,000
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 1.81
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2008-2009 1921 1202
2009-2010 2021 422
2010-2011 2061 772

1UTSA Faculty
2UTHSCSA Faculty

10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 6
Grant Value Per Faculty $40,901
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $1,186,127
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 88%
12 Number of Core Faculty 13
13 Faculty Teaching Load 12.2
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 5 1
Black 0 0
Hispanic 0 0
Other 7 0
Total 12 1
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 12 6 18
Black 0 4 4
Hispanic 2 5 10
Other 4 4 8
Total 18 19 37

*Figures include all students at UTSA & UTHSCSA.

16 Date of Last External Review August 2008
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2008-2009 34
2009-2010 47
2010-2011 38