The Department of Biomedical Engineering at McCormick is consistently ranked among the top biomedical engineering programs in the country. With cutting-edge research in biomaterials and regenerative medicine, imaging and biophotonics, and neural engineering and rehabilitation, the department attracts top faculty and graduate students alike. Students in the program study engineering, life sciences, and mathematics while participating in revolutionary research.
The biomedical engineering community at Northwestern University is centered in the biomedical engineering department and includes faculty appointed in 12 departments (at last count) within engineering, medicine, arts and sciences, and communication. The breadth of faculty members’ research interests affords students a wide variety of research opportunities. Research takes place on the main campus in Evanston, on the medical school campus in downtown Chicago, and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (also on the medical school campus in Chicago).
We offer two graduate programs:
- PhD Program - Those who plan to become independent investigators in academic, industry, or government laboratories should select the MS/PhD track, which involves research projects at both the MS and PhD levels. The department's general philosophy is that students should be trained to do both theoretical and experimental work, and most PhD theses include both components.
- MS-only Program - Those who wish to pursue a variety of positions in industry may find it advantageous to enter the MS-only program, which can be completed with or without a research project. This course-based MS program can usually be completed in one academic year. The thesis-based MS program is typically completed in 2 years.