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Academic Rigor
Meets Innovative Thinking

Join a PhD program that blends high impact research, investment in your success, and world-class facilities to advance your science and your career.

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and quantitative methods to the advancement of knowledge at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels, and to the development of new biologicals, materials, devices, and processes.

Students with a variety of STEM and quantitative-based backgrounds are well positioned to succeed in bioengineering and are encouraged to consider applying. Examples include all engineering fields, biology, chemistry, physics and biophysics. We welcome all students irrespective of background, race, ethnicity, abilities, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or socioeconomic status.

Program Information

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioengineering

Fall Term: December 15

Enrolled students will receive full funding through research and/or teaching fellowships

GRE scores are not required to apply for admission to the 2021-22 school year

Joint Program

The joint OSU-UO PhD program combines an immersive curriculum, impactful research, and targeted professional development to advance science, society, and your career. Joint program students have full access to resources at both UO and OSU, including research facilities and collaborations, coursework, training workshops, and student groups.

Students may choose an advisor or co-advisors from the bioengineering faculty at either UO or OSU.



Joint Program students create academic plans that accelerate their success. Students select courses from an expansive set of interdisciplinary offerings across the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.  

Core Course Requirements: BIOE 511 (OSU) or 611 (UO): Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (3 credits), BIOE 512 (OSU) or 612 (UO): Modeling of Physiological Systems (4 credits), BIOE 614 (UO): Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 credits), and BIOE 513 (OSU): Drug and Medical Device Regulation (2 credits).

Elective Course Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 15 elective credits, typically achieved by completing four elective courses.



Applicant Background

Competitive applicants have previous experience in academic or industry research, or project-based coursework experience; strong math and quantitative skills; and upper division undergraduate coursework in multi-variate calculus, differential equations, biology, general chemistry. Prior experience in bioengineering is not necessary, but is an advantage. Please note that these are recommendations; we are happy to answer questions about your competitiveness for this program as all students bring different experiences. For questions regarding the program or application process, please contact

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