Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Program Overview

The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems, applying the patterns of living organisms to engineering design or new approaches to human health. The Ph.D. program prepares you for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering. Focus on generating new ideas through applications that analyze biological and physiological problems to develop and deliver new health care technologies.  Learn more at usd.edu/bme.

DELIVERY: On campus (GEAR Center)

Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering: Total 84 credit hours

Departmental Requirements (39 credit hours)

Biomedical Engineering is an extremely broad discipline. A consequence of this breadth is that it is difficult to define a set of core courses that will satisfy the needs of all students. In USD’s program, we have identified a short list of courses that we believe are essential for all students, and this list is enumerated below. In addition to the listed courses, a graduate student’s advisor as well as their advisory committee may require that a student take other courses (from Biomedical Engineering and other disciplines as appropriate) that are relevant to their research and career goals. Up to 21 credits of prior graduate level coursework may be applied toward the Ph.D. program at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee.

Approved Elective Courses (45 credit hours)

Approved elective courses in the area of the student’s intended research are to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. The number of elective courses required will depend on the student’s background and educational goals. 

Students must select:

  • 12 graduate credits of BME XXX electives (BME 888 does not meet this requirement) are required.
  • 33 graduate credits of electives with the approval of the department chair, the remaining electives may include departmental, transfer, or non-departmental coursework. Non-departmental electives are limited to a maximum of 15 credits.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Biomedical Engineering GEAR Center
605-275-7474 | bme@usd.eduusd.edu/bme

Graduate Admissions
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad