List of Top Bioengineering Schools and Universities

Learn about the best schools that offer degree programs in bioengineering. Find out about program options, school rankings and courses used to rank these schools.

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Bioengineering School Overviews

Top universities for studying bioengineering can be found all over the United States, but the two best are on opposite sides of the country. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore offers undergraduate and graduate program options in bioengineering, and the bioengineering Ph.D. program is a collaboration between its top-rated medicine and engineering schools. University of California - San Diego offers undergraduate and graduate bioengineering programs. Both schools are nationally ranked.

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University was ranked as having the top bioengineering program in 2010 and was named the 13th best national university for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The Whiting School of Engineering at John Hopkins University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering with four areas of focus, including systems, cellular and tissue engineering, nanotechnology and computational biology. The curriculum includes thermodynamics, linear systems and molecular biology.

The 2-year Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Biomedical Engineering program focuses on medicine and engineering, and is designed for those planning to pursue medicine, research and development or doctoral study. Students study the mechanics of living tissue, neuroengineering, medical imaging systems and orthopedic biomechanics, among other topics.

The 1-year MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design program is for those interested in the clinical, business and technical sides of healthcare innovation. Course topics include global health innovation, biomedical device design and the business of bioengineering. In addition to coursework, students perform clinical rotations in areas such as cardiology, surgery, gastroenterology, neurosurgery and interventional radiology.

Students earning the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering can specialize in cell and tissue engineering, bioinformatics, computational modeling, molecular and cell systems, medical imaging, systems neuroscience and cardiovascular systems. Ph.D. students are able to enroll in the School of Medicine during the first year of the program and take coursework in molecules and cells, physiology, neuroscience, human anatomy and immunology.

2. University of California - San Diego

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California - San Diego 2nd among bioengineering programs and 13th among graduate schools in 2010. The school was also ranked 35th on the magazine's best national universities list for 2011. This university's Jacobs School of Engineering offers a B.S. in Bioengineering that focuses on biotransportation, bioinstrumentation, bioelectricity, biomechanics, biomaterials and organ physiology.

Students studying for the M.S. in Bioengineering combine coursework with original research; graduates often go on to pursue doctoral study. Class subjects include health, injury and disease, thermodynamics, biology of the cardiovascular system and tissue engineering.

A Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioengineering is available for those interested in studying the design, development, manufacturing and management of systems or products in the medical industry. Course study includes respiratory and renal physiology, biomedical imaging and artificial intelligence.

The Ph.D. in Bioengineering is typically a 5-year degree program where students take classes and perform research in areas such as genomics, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and fluid mechanics.

Good Schools for Bioengineering

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 45,943 1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of California - Berkeley 35,830 Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-6000
Boston University 31,960 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
University of California - San Diego 28,418 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093 (858) 534-2230
University of Pittsburgh 28,328 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 624-4141
University of Pennsylvania 24,599 1 College Hall, 34th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of Virginia 24,355 Charlottesville, VA 22904 (434) 924-0311
Columbia University in the City of New York 24,230 116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-1754
Cornell University 20,633 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Johns Hopkins University 20,383 3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 516-8000
Georgia Institute of Technology 20,291 225 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30332 (404) 894-2000
Northwestern University 19,853 633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3741
Stanford University 18,498 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
Duke University 14,350 103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
Washington University in St. Louis 13,575 One Brookings Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63130 (314) 935-5000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10,384 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-1000
Case Western Reserve University 9,738 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 (216) 368-2000
Rice University 5,576 6100 S. Main, Houston, TX 77005 (713) 348-0000
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