Prospective Students

BioEngineering is the merging of engineering with biological and medical science in the study of complex living systems (human and non-human). BioEngineering research at Georgia Tech focuses on the development of innovative or improved physical and mathematical concepts and techniques that may be applied to problems in medicine and biology, including the fundamental study of biological phenomena and the development of new medical devices.

The BioE PhD program is a unique and interdisciplinary program ranked 2nd in the nation by US News and World Report. Students apply through one of the 8 participating Georgia Tech home schools or departments and students are free to work with any of the 90+ participating program faculty members.  The BioE graduate program is the most innovative program available at Georgia Tech, giving the students the flexibility and creativity to create their own future.

Bioengineering Handbook


Degree Programs

Requires a thesis based on independent study of a bioengineering research topic under the guidance of a Bioengineering Program Faculty Member and requires 33 hours of coursework comprised of a mixture of bioscience, mathematics, bioengineering, traditional engineering and elective classes.

Students do not need to apply for a Masters to pursue the PhD, and are discouraged from doing so if the PhD is their intended final degree. The majority of our admissions to the PhD program are from applicants who apply with only a Bachelors degree.

General Requirements - Start building your future!

33 hours of integrated & flexible classes

  • Engineering Fundamentals - 9 hours
  • Biological Sciences - 9 hours, 3 from the approved list
  • Engineering Math - 3 hours, from approved list or approval
  • Bioengineering & Tech Elective - 12 hours
  • Responsible Conduct of Research 

Timeline and milestones for the remaining program requirements are listed below.


The BioE Masters degree requires 21 hours of coursework comprised of a mixture of bioscience, mathematics, bioengineering, traditional engineering and elective classes and sucessful completion of a Masters Thesis.  Some of Georgia Tech schools offer a non-thesis Masters, though most participants are enrolled via Georgia Tech's Bachelors/Masters program.

Prospective students do not need to apply for a Masters to pursue a PhD, and are discouraged from doing so if the PhD is their intended final degree. While individual schools vary, students are generally admitted to the Masters program with no guaranty of financial support. Admission to the Masters program is as competitive as the PhD program.

General Coursework Requirements

21 hours of coursework - A balance between engineering fundamentals and biological sciences coursework is determined by the student's undergraduate background and is tailored for your success!

  • Engineering Fundamentals - 3-6 hours
  • Biological Sciences - 3-6 hours
  • Engineering Math - 3 hours
  • Bioengineering & Tech Elective - 9 hours
  • Responsible Code of Conduct 

 Thesis will be conducted at the end of the 2nd year.

Combined Bachelors/Masters

Qualified undergraduate students in the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to apply to the Bachelors/Masters program offered by either of those schools.

Upon meeting program requirements, students will receive a Bachelors in their home school and a Masters in Bioengineering. Eligible Georgia Tech undergraduate students may take up to 6 hours of graduate-level coursework as an undergraduate and count this coursework towards their graduate degree as well.

Bachelors/Masters students may pursue the thesis or non-thesis Masters. Those interested are highly encouraged to engage in undergraduate research and consider continuing this research towards a graduate degree via the Bachelors/Masters program.

Hear What the Students Are Saying about Joining the BioE Program
"I have always been interested in interdisciplinary research with an immediate impact on the well being of others. The BioE program provides me with an ideal platform to pursue my interest in problem solving while not limiting myself to a particular discipline."
- Timothy Kassis, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"You have more choice in classes and could take more real engineering courses."
- Adrian Lam, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
"Flexible classes, more interesting classes. Ability to work with professor outside of BME."
- Apoorva Kalasuramath, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
"I needed the BioE Program's course flexibility to match my interdisciplinary research focus. My research does not fit into one specific discipline, and the BioE Program allowed me to create the graduate experience I wanted mixing ME, BME, APPH, and BIO courses and having a committee members from each of these disciplines."
- Julia Henkels, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
"I really liked the fact that we are able to choose an advisor from multiple departments. I also liked the fact that the coursework was not restricted to specific classes, but could be tailored to our research areas."
- Rachel Simmons, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
"The BioEngineering program enabled me to have a solid education in the classical engineering disciplines while allowing me to apply those concepts in my medical research."
- Jonathan Suever, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
I chose the BioE program for the excellent reputation and the cordiality of the program's faculty. Also when visiting Tech, it felt like the graduate students enjoyed their lives as compared to other institutions.
Nathan Rohner
The interdisciplinary aspect of the BioE program allows me to tailor my research interests with my coursework, which is great because I can really apply what I am learning in class to what I am doing in lab!
Jen Lei
<p>The program is the most flexible program that allows for students from different backgrounds to pursue research interests in bioengineering with an incredible faculty base.&nbsp;</p>
Yoshi Sei
What has been your favorite part of the BioEngineering Program?
"The interdisciplinary nature of the program where I am continuously challenged. My project involves various areas of the basic sciences in addition to various engineering disciplines. The people in the program are also very accepting and collaboration seems to be a central pivot of the program. There is no shortage of people working together across labs both officially and unofficially."
- Timothy Kassis, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
"Access to a large number of faculty and picking my own classes."
- Ivan Caceres, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
"I like the coursework requirements and the flexibility I had in selecting an advisor."
- Ashley Allen, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
"You get to work with the best in science and engineering, no matter which background you come from."
- Rich Hammett, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
"The faculty and my fellow BioEs have made this experience for me. My PhD committee has been an invaluable support to my research, and my fellow BioEs have been with me all the way to commiserate, celebrate, or lend a hand. It's a great community. The people here want to be here, and they want to help you succeed."
- Julia Henkels, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
"I think my favorite part has ended up being the very collaborative nature of the BioE program. I feel that I more readily have access to people that do not necessarily have the same background as I do."
- Rachel Simmons, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
I knew I wanted to be a professor after undergrad, but I didn't know with what subject I would be comfortable. The BioE Program gives me flexibility in exploring various realms of application for my engineering background and the classes are really engaging although this is only my first year.
Nathan Rohner
It is a small community of awesome students, staff and faculty.
Jen Lei
<p>The program allows students to make their academic decisions while providing many tools and events like graduate student forums and seminars to assist students on a regular basis.</p>
Yoshi Sei
Bioengineering Academic Advisor

Laura Paige
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Petit Institute (IBB), Administrative Office Suite - Room 1103

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Educate students and advance research that integrates engineering principles with the life sciences to improve health, the environment and engineering applications.


Be a global leader in interdisciplinary graduate education & in the creation, development, and transfer of new knowledge & technologies that improve health & the environment.

BioE Program Goals

Instill the desire to pursue life-long learning

Educate students to integrate engineering and life sciences to generate novel perspectives, concepts, and technologies

Conduct fundamental, applied and translational research that integrates engineering and life sciences to create new knowledge and technologies with high societal and economic impact.

Produce graduates who rise to leadership positions in academia, industry, and government.

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BioE students can apply to 4 different training grants

NIH Biomaterials or BIOMat 
NIH Cell and Tissue Engineering
GAANN Fellowship in Drug Design, Delivery and Development
IGERT Stem Cell Biomanufacturing

Get Involoved! Become part of the leadership of the BioEngineering Graduate Association!

The role of the BioEngineering Graduate Association is to provide input to the Program Chair relating to the broad issues that affect graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program as well as to matters that have the potential to enhance the interface between Program graduate students, Program faculty and administration.