The PhD program in Biomedical Engineering is a hands-on learning experience that integrates world-class research and advanced coursework at the cutting edge of biomedical engineering. PhD candidates will work in close collaboration with prominent faculty and clinicians to develop interdisciplinary skills and become leaders in academia and industry. Columbia Biomedical Engineering provides unparalleled access to the nation’s top research hospitals and clinical collaborators at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, as well as the unique opportunity to live and study in the heart of New York City.

Applicants who have an MS or equivalent are welcome to apply directly to a doctoral degree program.

Additionally, the department offers an MS-leading-to-PhD track for applicants who have not yet completed their master’s degree, and a combined MD/PhD program in conjunction with Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons.

All applicants are expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering or other science. Students who earned their bachelor’s degree in a country where English is not the dominant language will be required to take the TOFEL. Please refer to the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Graduate Admissions website for full application details.



PhD Info Session

Friday, November 10 at 10 am

*Prior registration is required to join this info session

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the graduate program are eligible for merit-based financial aid. Research assistantships are provided to all students admitted into the doctoral program, and they provide a yearly stipend of approximately $41,520 (as of 2020) along with tuition waiver. However, all graduate students (and applicants) are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding and fellowships. Contact our graduate chair, Professor Henry Hess, for information.


Professor Henry Hess
Chair of Graduate Studies

Phone: 212-854-7749
Fax: 212-854-8725
Email: [email protected]

Application Information

Read about application requirements and apply online on the Graduate Student Affairs site.