All students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credits for the master’s thesis. These must include a minimum of 24 hours in doctoral research and dissertation and a minimum of 36 credit hours of other graduate coursework.
For the PhD in biomedical engineering, the courses must include:
- The biomedical engineering core curriculum comprising BME 503, BME 511, BME 521, BME 510, and BME 601.
- Completion of a Knowledge Breadth requirement (3 graduate hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
- Completion of a Knowledge Depth requirement (3 – 6 graduate hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
- A minimum of 18 graduate hours within the major.
- A minimum of 6 hours of course work at the 600-level.
Additional requirements for the PhD in biomedical engineering are:
- Registration and participation in the BME graduate seminar (BME 595) every semester it is offered.
- Successful completion of all required examinations, which include a qualifying exam and written and oral comprehensive exams.
- Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
- Successful defense of the dissertation.
Students can pursue tracks that allow specialization in:
Download a list of suggested foundational courses as well as electives for each track.
Energy Science and Engineering Concentration
This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the College of Engineering, other University of Tennessee colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major, (PhD) program section of this catalog.