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Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program


BME Graduate Program flier is available for download.

Important Admissions Deadlines


Spring admission (MS Program only)

November 1


Kenny Tao
Dir. of Graduate Recruiting
PMB 351631
Nashville, TN 37235-1631

Fall admission

January 1*


Fall admission offers

Early April


Deadline to accept admission


Apr. 15


*Applications submitted by Dec. 1 will receive priority review with on-campus visit invitations emailed before Dec. 31. Applications submitted by Jan. 1 will be reviewed in early Jan. and on-campus visit invitations will be emailed out in mid-Jan.

NOTE:  Applications are made through the Vanderbilt Graduate School. Apply here.

Please make sure to identify faculty you are interested in working with and list them in your Personal Statement.

The purpose of biomedical engineering as a research discipline is to discover new physical and mathematical concepts that are applicable to the problems of biology and medicine, including the organization of health care. Biomedical engineering is concerned with the integrative and mathematical approach to biology and also with more pragmatic problems such as the biomedical use of information systems and the development of advanced biomedical instrumentation.

The Graduate School of Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with the Schools of Engineering and Medicine, offers Master of Engineering, Master of Science; and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Biomedical Engineering. The goal of the Vanderbilt program is to provide advanced education and research training in quantitative organ and cellular biology, in biomedical information and instrumentation systems, imaging and in the scientific principles underlying the origination of therapeutic devices and processes. It is specifically concerned with the interface between the engineering, physical, computing and mathematical sciences, and biology.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering is in the School of Engineering, but is closely affiliated with the medical school. In addition to the M.Eng., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, the department also participates in the School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. program. Many BME faculty members hold joint appointments with Engineering School, A&S, and Medical School departments, and numerous faculty from across campus hold joint appointments in BME. The School of Medicine and University Hospital are located on the same campus as the School of Engineering, less than one block away. This close proximity facilitates a wide variety of collaborative efforts between faculty and students in the two schools.

Useful Links

Application for ME/MS/PhD Programs

Information on application for PhD portion of MD/PhD in BME program

Application for MD ProgramBME2

Director of Graduate Studies

Craig L. Duvall, Ph.D.
Office: 444 Engineering & Science Building
Phone: (615) 322-3598