Ph.D. in Bioengineering

The Notre Dame Bioengineering Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree. Graduates of the program pursue careers in academia, industry, and government agencies.


Research is supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, DOD, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and other foundations as well as by industry.

The primary research areas include:

  • Mechanobiology and Biomechanics 
  • Engineered Tissues
  • Diagnostics, devices, and instrumentation 
  • Imaging and Photonics
  • Biomaterials/Materials Science

Bioengineer research groups are affiliated with the Harper Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Precision Health, and other Notre Dame research centers, giving graduate students access to world class facilities and experts in biomedical and engineering research.

Degree requirements

A minimum of nine graduate level courses are required, distributed across engineering and the sciences. The course requirements are intentionally flexible, and your advisor and committee will help you define a program of courses that matches your career goals and educational background. Detailed degree requirements and program information can be found in the Bioengineering Graduate Handbook (pdf).

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field, such as biological sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics with specific interests in biological systems. Students with a degree in biology or biochemistry should have at least two years of college-level mathematics and one year of physics. 
  • The GRE general test is optional. Your scores will be considered if you submit them. Submitting GRE scores is generally advantageous for international applicants and students matriculating from smaller engineering colleges. You can self-report scores, which will be verified prior to matriculation.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can judge your academic and research potential.
  • Students may apply to any “home department” within the Notre Dame College of Engineering. It is most effective to apply to the department where the research matches your interests in order to get the most favorable review of your file.
  • A master’s degree is not required. Apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

Financial support

Students in the Ph.D. program are supported through fellowships and research assistantships. Substantially increased stipends are available to doctoral students in with fellowships.


Apply by December 31.


Prof. Pinar Zorlutuna
Director, Bioengineering Program
(574) 631-8543