The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program (BMEP) is a joint FEA and FM interdisciplinary program that offers two degrees: Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering. The BMEP is housed in the FEA and administered by both FEA and FM via a joint program coordinating committee (JPCC).
The mission of the BMEP is to provide excellent education and promote innovative research enabling students to apply knowledge and approaches from the biomedical and clinical sciences in conjunction with design and quantitative principles, methods, and tools from the engineering disciplines, to address human health related challenges of high relevance to Lebanon, the Middle East, and beyond. The program prepares its students to be leaders in their chosen areas of specialization committed to lifelong learning, critical thinking, and intellectual honesty.
The curricula of the MS and PhD degrees are composed of core and elective courses balanced between biomedical sciences and engineering and between fundamental and applied knowledge.
The curricula include the following three research focus areas: • Biomedical Systems: This focus area includes research directions such as devices, instrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering. • Biomedical Cybernetics: This focus area includes research directions such as biomedical and health informatics, computational biology, biomedical signal/image processing, and biomedical systems engineering. • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Engineering: This focus area includes research directions such as fluid mechanics, modeling, simulation, imaging, devices, and implants related to both human cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
A student may select his/her courses to satisfy the requirements of one of the three focus areas.
General requirements for Master’s degree holders: Based on AUB’s guidelines, a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond those required for the Master’s degree, of which a minimum of 18 credit hours must be in graduate level course work and a minimum of 24 credit hours of thesis work. Requirements also allow a maximum of three credit hours out of the 18 credits of course work as tutorial course, and include zero credit comprehensive examination preparation course and zero credit thesis proposal preparation course.
General requirements for Bachelor’s degree holders: Based on AUB’s guidelines, a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond those required for the Bachelor’s degree, of which a minimum of 36 credit hours must be in graduate level course work and a minimum of 30 credit hours of thesis work. Requirements also allow a maximum of six credit hours out of the 36 credits of course work as tutorial courses, and include zero credit comprehensive examination preparation course and zero credit thesis proposal preparation course.
To earn a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering, the student must complete the following requirements: • Satisfy the course and research credit requirements • Satisfy the residence requirement and all other pertinent AUB regulations • Have at least one international refereed journal article based on the PhD thesis • Have at least one refereed conference paper based on the PhD thesis • Have a cumulative average of 85 or above • Pass the comprehensive and oral qualifying examinations • Successfully defend the PhD thesis
The application procedures and admission requirements to the PhD program follow AUB’s General University Academic Information as documented in the Graduate Catalogue. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field of study from AUB or its equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning.
Acceptance into the PhD program is determined by academic performance as well as an assessment of readiness, potential and ability to develop into independent researchers as judged by interviews by faculty members, a written statement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and other means of assessment such as publications and industrial experience. Accepted students are eligible to receive scholarships that cover fully their tuition fees and that provide a monthly stipend.
The FEA offers three types of financial assistance to the most qualified applicants to its graduate programs: fellowships, graduate research assistantships (GRA), and graduate teaching assistantships (GA). The students who receive financial support are expected to maintain a high level of academic performance, satisfactory progress toward a degree, and a satisfactory performance of the work assignments associated with the aid.
Fellowships, GRAs, and GAs, covering tuition and stipends are available for students at the graduate level in return for assisting faculty members in teaching and/or research for a specified number of hours per week in an academic department. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record and the needs of the relevant department.