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PhD Bioengineering

The Doctor of Philosophy Program prepares students for bioengineering careers in industry, government, or academia.

Starting with the core curriculum, students master the core competencies of bioengineering before progressing onto highly individualized training plans that feature elective course work with research dissertation, clinical experience, or industry internship options.

Students complete the degree (66 credit hours) in three to five years of fulltime study.


Core: 21 credit hours
Electives: 15 credit hours
Dissertation: 30 credit hours

Training Pathways

Basic Research

Are you interested in performing original research? This track emphasizes traditional research opportunities with a focus on scientific discovery. It is designed for students interested in pursuing research careers in academia or industry. 

Translational Bioengineering

Are you interested in translating engineering concepts into clinically useful tools, diagnostics, treatments, devices, or research methods? This track highlights our affiliation with the School of Medicine. It is designed for students interested in academic or industry research as well as students interested in careers in regulatory agencies.


Are you interested in developing new biomedical devices and learning the process by which an idea progresses from inspiration to clinical use? This track emphasizes highly nontraditional work with its primary goal to commercialize novel biomedical technology, device, or application developed by the student. It is designed for students interested in starting up biomedical technology.

MD-PhD Bioengineering

The MD-PhD degree is available for students concurrently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program​ (MSTP) in the School of Medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Students complete the PhD degree (66 credits) in five years of fulltime study. Please contact us for advising.