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Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is offered through a joint graduate program with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). A matrix of academic tracks is offered based on segments of biomedical engineering and/or areas of clinical emphasis. Specifically, the program has emphases in the following areas: biomaterials, biomechanics, and bioimaging. The biological areas covered are orthopedics/dental tissues, cardiovascular systems, and neural systems. The M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering (Thesis Option or Nonthesis Option) will be awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the concepts that are necessary for critically judging the scientific literature, for formulating novel hypotheses, designing experimental protocols to test the hypotheses, interpreting their results and demonstrating their ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in the biomedical field.

The regulations for this degree comply with the general University regulations (refer to Chapter 2, General Academic Regulations, and Chapter 4, Master’s Degree Regulations).

Admission Requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with an emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least one year of engineering physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance.

  • A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version or 79 on the Internet version. The applicant’s performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.

  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.

  • A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.

Degree Requirements and Program of Study - Thesis Option. Typically, a Master’s degree program of study will consist of at least 30.5 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total. For transferring students, course credit allowed for transfer will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Biomedical Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS). If recommended by the COGS, the request will then be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. Since this is a joint graduate program, courses can also be taken at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). To enroll in UTHSCSA courses, students must register through the UTHSCSA Web site (www.uthscsa.edu). Any questions concerning registration at UTHSCSA should be directed to the BME Program Office at UTHSCSA. The required curriculum for all students in the Thesis Option is as follows:

  1. Regardless of their area of specialization, all students are required to take a total of 15.5 semester credit hours of Required Core Courses. The core courses are:

    Required Core Courses offered at UTSA:

    BME  6033  BME Engineering Analysis
    BME  6703  Biomedical Imaging
    BME  6803  Biomechanics I
    BME  6903  Biomaterials

    Required Core Courses offered at UTHSCSA:

    INTD  6002  Ethics in Research
    ORTO  6004  Biology for Bioengineers


    Upon approval of the Supervising Professor and the Program Director, students may substitute EGR 5093 (Special Topics in Engineering Analysis) for BME 6033 (BME Engineering Analysis).

  2. Research seminar. Registration in BME 6011 (or ORTO 6090 at UTHSCSA) is required for three semesters, in order to satisfy the requirements for the Master’s degree program in Biomedical Engineering.

  3. A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of Elective Courses selected from the list below. Courses from this list may be taken with the approval of the Program Director, Supervising Professor, and course instructor.

    UTSA Elective Courses:

    BIO  5433   Neurophysiology
    BIO  5483   Computational Neuroscience
    BIO  5503   Sensory Physiology
    BME  6093   Topics in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6203   Physiology for Engineers
    BME  6213   Cellular Engineering
    BME  6223   Transport Processes in Biological Systems
    BME  6233   Cardiovascular Bioengineering
    BME  6243   Mechanobiology
    BME  6253   Bioheat Transfer
    BME  6303   Computational Oncology and Cancer Treatment Simulations
    BME  6313  Computational Bioengineering and Biomedicine
    BME  6323   Bioinformatics
    BME  6333   Stochastic Modeling in Bioengineering
    BME  6343   Statistical Pattern Recognition and Data Mining in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6353   Computational Methods in Mass Spectrometry
    BME  6363   Multiscale Computational Modeling of Biomedical Systems
    BME  6523   Biological Laboratory Techniques in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6713   Biomedical Signal Processing
    BME  6723   Bioinstrumentations
    BME  6733   Microfabrication and Application
    BME  6743   Biophotonics
    BME  6753   Biosensors: Fundamentals and Applications
    BME  6793   Topics in Image and Signal Processing
    BME  6823   Biomechanics II
    BME  6863   Mechanical Behavior of Living Tissues
    BME  6873   Biofluid Mechanics
    BME  6893   Topics in Biomechanics
    BME  6913   Biomaterials II
    BME  6923   Tissue Engineering
    BME  6933   Tissue-Biomaterials Interactions
    BME  6943   Biomaterials & Cell Signaling
    BME  6953   Biomaterials for Drug-Delivery/Pharmacology
    BME  6963   Fundamentals to Polymer Science with Select Biomedical Applications
    BME  6973   Current Analytical Tools for Biomaterials Characterizations
    BME  6993   Topics in Biomaterials
    CHE  5263   Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    EE    5243   Topics in Systems and Control
    EE    5263   Topics in Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering
    EE    5353   Topics in Multimedia Signal Processing
    EE    5463   Artificial Neural Networks
    EE    6343   Advanced Topics in Systems and Control
    EE    6363   Advanced Topics in Signal Processing
    ME    5013   Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    ME    5243   Advanced Thermodynamics
    ME    5413   Elasticity
    ME    5463   Fracture Mechanics
    ME    5473   Viscoelasticity
    ME    5483   Finite Element Methods
    ME    5613   Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    ME    5653   Computational Fluid Dynamics
    ME    5713   Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    ME    5743   Composite Materials
    MOT  5163   Management of Technology
    MOT  5243   Essentials of Project and Program Management
    MOT  5253   Starting the High-Tech Firm
    MOT  5313   Emerging Technologies
    MOT  5323   Biotechnology Industry
    STA   5103   Applied Statistics

    UTHSCSA Elective Courses:

    CSBL  5019   Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students
    CSBL  5095   Experimental Design and Data Analysis
    INTD  5005   Core Course I: Biochemistry
    INTD  5006   Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology
    INTD  5007   Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology               
    INTD  5041   Neuroscience – Medical
    INTD  5067   Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    INTD  6033   Cell Signaling Mechanisms
    MICR  5051   Introduction to Immunology
    PHAR  5013   Principles of Pharmacology
    PHYL  5013   Dental Physiology
    PHYL  5045   Mammalian Physiology
    PHYL  6091   Selected Topics of Physiology
    RADI  6014   Physics of Dental Imaging
    RADI  6016   Physics of Diagnostic Imaging II
    RADI  6017   Neuroimaging Methods
    RADI  6019   Pulse Sequence Programming for MRI
    RESD  6102   Biomaterials II

  4. A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of biomedical engineering Master’s Thesis Research is required.

The entire program of study must be recommended by the student’s Master’s Thesis Advisor, Master’s Thesis Committee, and the COGS and must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. The courses taken by students are intended to focus and support the individual’s mastery of his or her particular area of specialization.

Advancement to Candidacy. The student should seek recommendations from the COGS for advancement to candidacy. The COGS reserves the right to deny recommendation of the student’s admission to Master’s candidacy based on the student’s academics and proposed research. Upon recommendation from the COGS, all students are admitted to candidacy after successfully defending their proposed research, recommended by his/her Master’s Thesis Committee, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Students should also consult the University Master’s Degree Regulations in Chapter 4 of this catalog for the other pertinent requirements.

Thesis Defense. A thesis, which is an original contribution to scholarship, based on independent investigation (graduate research) in the major area, is required of every candidate. The Master’s thesis research will be conducted by the student under the guidance of the Supervising Professor and the advice of the Master’s Thesis Committee. Prior to starting the thesis research, each student will submit a research proposal to the COGS for approval. The thesis will be the responsibility of the student and the Supervising Professor. Registration for thesis credit hours must be for a period of more than one semester. During each semester that a student receives advice and/or assistance from a faculty member or supervision by the Master’s Thesis Committee or uses UTSA or UTHSCSA resources, he or she will be required to enroll for credit in the appropriate Master’s degree course. The form and format of the thesis should follow the guidelines and rules already in effect at UTSA or UTHSCSA.

Composition of the Master’s Thesis Committee. The Master’s Thesis Committee is made up of at least four members. The committee should consist of the Supervising Professor, one BME Graduate Faculty member from UTSA, one BME Graduate Faculty member from UTHSCSA, and one external member. The student’s thesis proposal and the proposed composition of the Master’s Thesis Committee will be evaluated and approved by the COGS.

Final Oral Examination (Defense of Thesis). A satisfactory final oral examination is required for the approval of a thesis. Acceptance of the thesis will be contingent upon approval of the respective Master’s Thesis Committee. The thesis defense consists of a seminar presentation by the candidate to the general public. A closed door examination by the Master’s Thesis Committee follows and covers the general field of the thesis, and other parts of the student’s program as determined by the respective committee. Members of the Master’s Thesis Committee must be satisfied that the student has:

  1. Completed the research approved by the Master’s Thesis Committee.
  2. Passed all examinations required by the COGS, including the successful defense of the thesis.
  3. Completed the required coursework.
  4. Completed a thesis that is an independent investigation in the biomedical engineering field and constitutes a contribution to the respective discipline.

Upon successful completion of the aforementioned requirements, the Master’s Thesis Committee members will sign the approval forms for the Master’s Thesis and make an official recommendation to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UTHSCSA or to the Graduate School at UTSA that the Master’s degree be awarded.

Degree  Requirements and Program of Study - Nonthesis Option. The Nonthesis Option is not offered to new incoming students. All students enrolled in the Nonthesis Option will require approval from the Program Director and the student’s Supervising Professor. Typically, a Master’s degree (Nonthesis Option) program of study will consist of at least 34.5 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total. For transferring students, course credit allowed for transfer will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Biomedical Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS). If recommended by the COGS, the request will then be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. Since this is a joint graduate program, courses can also be taken at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). To enroll in UTHSCSA courses, students must register through the UTHSCSA Web site (www.uthscsa.edu/). Any questions concerning registration at UTHSCSA should be directed to the BME Program Office at UTHSCSA. The required curriculum for all BME students in the Nonthesis Option is as follows:  

  1. All students are required to take a total of 16.5 semester credit hours of Required Core Courses. The core courses are:

    Required Core Courses offered at UTSA:

    BME  6033  BME Engineering Analysis
    BME  6703  Biomedical Imaging
    BME  6803  Biomechanics I
    BME  6903  Biomaterials
    BME  6961  Comprehensive Examination

    Required Core Courses offered at UTHSCSA:

    INTD  6002  Ethics in Research
    ORTO  6004  Biology for Bioengineers


    Upon approval of the Supervising Professor and the Program Director, students may substitute EGR 5093 (Special Topics in Engineering Analysis) for BME 6033 (BME Engineering Analysis).

  2. Research seminar. Registration in BME 6011 (or ORTO 6090 at UTHSCSA) is required for three semesters, in order to satisfy the requirements for the Master’s degree program in Biomedical Engineering.

  3. A minimum of 15 semester credit hours of Elective Courses selected from the list of electives for the Thesis Option above. Courses from this list may be taken with the approval of the Program Director, Supervising Professor, and course instructor.

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biomedical Engineering

A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is offered through a joint graduate program with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). A matrix of academic tracks is offered based on segments of biomedical engineering and/or areas of clinical emphasis. Specifically, the program has emphases in the following areas: biomaterials, biomechanics, and bioimaging. The biological areas covered are orthopedics/dental tissues, cardiovascular systems, and neural systems. The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering will be awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the concepts that are necessary for critically judging the scientific literature, for formulating novel hypotheses, designing experimental protocols to test the hypotheses, interpreting their results and demonstrating their ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in the biomedical field.

The regulations for this degree comply with the general University regulations (refer to Chapter 2, General Academic Regulations, and Chapter 5, Doctoral Degree Regulations).

Admission Requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate or master’s degree may apply to the program. The minimum requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least one year of engineering physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance.

  • Applicants with a master’s degree must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their master’s degree program. Applicants with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related field may apply a maximum of 30 semester credit hours of previously earned graduate credit toward their doctoral degree. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) will evaluate each student’s transcript and credit will be recommended for transfer on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the formal coursework requirements of the doctoral degree.

  • A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version or 79 on the Internet version. The applicant’s performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria, for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.

  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.

  • A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.

Degree Requirements and Program of Study. Typically, a doctoral program of study will consist of at least 81 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total. For students with a master’s degree, course credit allowed for transfer will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Biomedical Engineering COGS. If recommended by the COGS, the request will then be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. Since this is a joint graduate program, courses can also be taken at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). To enroll in UTHSCSA courses, students must register through the UTHSCSA Web site (www.uthscsa.edu). Any questions concerning registration at UTHSCSA should be directed to the BME Program Office at UTHSCSA. The required curriculum for all students is as follows:

  1. Regardless of their area of specialization, all students are required to take a minimum of 24.5 semester credit hours of Required Core Courses. The core courses are:

    Required Core Courses offered at UTSA:

    BME  6033  BME Engineering Analysis
    BME  6803  Biomechanics I
    BME  6903  Biomaterials

    Required Core Courses offered at UTHSCSA:

    CSBL  5019  Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students
    or 
    PHYL  5013  Dental Physiology

    CSBL  5095  Experimental Design and Data Analysis
    INTD  6002  Ethics in Research
    ORTO  6003  Introduction to Clinical Practices
    ORTO  6004  Biology for Bioengineers
    RADI  5015  Physics of Diagnostic Imaging I

    Upon approval of the Supervising Professor and the Program Director, students may substitute EGR 5093 (Special Topics in Engineering Analysis) for BME 6033 (BME Engineering Analysis).

  2. Research seminar (BME 6011 or ORTO 6090 at UTHSCSA) is to be registered for during each Fall and Spring semester while in the BME Doctoral program. With the approval of the Program Director, Ph.D. students are not required to register for the seminar if they are in their fifth year of the program as a full-time student and have registered for the Fall and Spring semester seminars during the preceding four years.

  3. A minimum of 9 semester credit hours of Prescribed Elective Courses selected from the list below. Courses from this list may be taken with the approval of the Program Director, Supervising Professor, and course instructor.

    UTSA Prescribed Elective Courses:

    BIO  5433     Neurophysiology
    BIO  5483     Computational Neuroscience
    BIO  5503     Sensory Physiology
    BME  6043     Critical Thinking & Writing for BME
    BME  6093     Topics in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6203     Physiology for Engineers
    BME  6213     Cellular Engineering
    BME  6223     Transport Processes in Biological Systems
    BME  6233     Cardiovascular Bioengineering
    BME  6243     Mechanobiology
    BME  6253     Bioheat Transfer
    BME  6303     Computational Oncology and Cancer Treatment Simulations
    BME  6313     Computational Bioengineering and Biomedicine
    BME  6323     Bioinformatics
    BME  6333     Stochastic Modeling in Bioengineering
    BME  6343     Statistical Pattern Recognition and Data Mining in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6353     Computational Methods in Mass Spectrometry
    BME  6363     Multiscale Computational Modeling of Biomedical Systems
    BME  6523     Biological Laboratory Techniques in Biomedical Engineering
    BME  6713     Biomedical Signal Processing
    BME  6723     Bioinstrumentations
    BME  6733     Microfabrication and Application
    BME  6743     Biophotonics
    BME  6753     Biosensors: Fundamentals and Applications
    BME  6793     Topics in Image and Signal Processing
    BME  6823     Biomechanics II
    BME  6863     Mechanical Behavior of Living Tissues   
    BME  6873     Biofluid Mechanics
    BME  6893     Topics in Biomechanics
    BME  6913     Biomaterials II
    BME  6923     Tissue Engineering
    BME  6933     Tissue-Biomaterials Interactions
    BME  6943     Biomaterials & Cell Signaling
    BME  6953     Biomaterials for Drug-Delivery/Pharmacology
    BME  6963     Fundamentals to Polymer Science with Select Biomedical Applications
    BME  6973     Current Analytical Tools for Biomaterials Characterizations
    BME  6993     Topics in Biomaterials
    CHE  5263     Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    EE    5243     Topics in Systems and Control
    EE    5263     Topics in Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering
    EE    5353     Topics in Multimedia Signal Processing
    EE    5463     Artificial Neural Networks
    EE    6343     Advanced Topics in Systems and Control
    EE    6363     Advanced Topics in Signal Processing
    ME    5013     Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    ME    5243     Advanced Thermodynamics
    ME    5413     Elasticity
    ME    5463     Fracture Mechanics
    ME    5473     Viscoelasticity
    ME    5483     Finite Element Methods
    ME    5613     Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    ME    5653     Computational Fluid Dynamics
    ME    5713     Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    ME    5743     Composite Materials
    STA  5103     Applied Statistics

    UTHSCSA Prescribed Elective Courses:

    INTD  5005   Core Course I: Biochemistry
    INTD  5006   Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology
    INTD  5007   Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
    INTD  5041   Neuroscience – Medical
    INTD  5067   Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    INTD  6033   Cell Signaling Mechanisms
    MICR  5051   Introduction to Immunology
    PHAR  5013   Principles of Pharmacology
    PHYL   5045   Mammalian Physiology
    PHYL   6091   Selected Topics of Physiology
    RADI  6014   Physics of Dental Imaging
    RADI  6016   Physics of Diagnostic Imaging II
    RADI  6017   Neuroimaging Methods
    RADI  6019   Pulse Sequence Programming for MRI
    RESD  6102   Biomaterials II

  4. A minimum of 9 semester credit hours of Free Electives may be selected from any graduate course offered at either UTSA or UTHSCSA with the approval of the Program Director, Supervising Professor, and course instructor.

    Students are encouraged to consider elective courses that not only prepare them with skills in engineering and science, but also with their overall career objectives. Several courses offered in the UTSA College of Business serve as examples:

    MOT  5163   Management of Technology
    MOT  5243   Essentials of Project and Program Management
    MOT  5253   Starting the High-Tech Firm
    MOT  5313   Emerging Technologies
    MOT  5323   Biotechnology Industry

  5. A minimum of 15 semester credit hours of Doctoral Dissertation, Research and Supervised Teaching is required.

The entire program of study must be recommended by the student’s Dissertation Advisor, Dissertation Committee, and COGS and must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School for final approval. The courses taken by students are intended to focus and support the individual’s mastery of his or her particular area of specialization.

Advancement to Candidacy. All students seeking a doctoral degree must be admitted to candidacy after passing a doctoral qualifying examination. Students should consult the University Doctoral Degree Regulations in Chapter 5 of this catalog for the other pertinent requirements.

Satisfactory Performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination for Admission to Candidacy. The qualifying examination will be administered before the student commences the chosen dissertation research. This examination will be comprehensive in nature and may be written, oral, or both. Topics covered will include not only information provided in courses taken by the student but also basic knowledge necessary for research in the student’s chosen area of study. The Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) will determine the format of the examination and the composition of the Qualifying Examination Committee (QEC), with the provision that BME faculty from both UTSA and UTHSCSA will be included. The QEC will administer the examination, evaluate the student’s performance, and report its judgment to the Committee on Graduate Studies. A student is allowed to take the qualifying examination twice. Admission to candidacy will be contingent on passing the qualifying examination. Students who do not pass the qualifying examination may be accommodated with a terminal Master’s degree after completing additional prescribed courses and/or research approved by the Supervising Professor, Program Director and the COGS.

Doctoral Dissertation. A dissertation, which is an original contribution to scholarship, based on independent investigation (doctoral research) in the major area, is required of every candidate. The doctoral research will be conducted by the student under the guidance of the Supervising Professor and the advice of the Dissertation Committee. Prior to starting the doctoral research, each student will submit a dissertation proposal to the COGS for approval. The doctoral dissertation will be the responsibility of the student and the Supervising Professor. Registration for dissertation credit hours must be for a period of more than one semester. During each semester that a student receives advice and/or assistance from a faculty member or supervision by the Dissertation Committee or uses UTSA or UTHSCSA resources, he or she will be required to enroll for credit in the appropriate dissertation course. The form and format of the dissertation should follow the guidelines and rules already in effect at UTSA or UTHSCSA.

Composition of the Dissertation Committee. The Dissertation Committee is made up of at least five members. The committee should consist of the Supervising Professor, one BME Graduate Faculty member from UTSA, one BME Graduate Faculty member from UTHSCSA, one member of the graduate faculty outside of the BME Graduate Faculty from either UTSA or UTHSCSA, and one member from outside both institutions. The student’s dissertation proposal and the proposed composition of the Dissertation Committee will be evaluated and approved by the COGS.

Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation). A satisfactory final oral examination is required for the approval of a dissertation. Acceptance of the dissertation will be contingent upon approval of the respective Dissertation Committee.

The dissertation defense will consist of a seminar presentation by the candidate to the general public. A closed door examination by the Dissertation Committee follows and covers the general field of the dissertation, and other parts of the student’s program as determined by the respective committee. Members of the Dissertation Committee must be satisfied that the student has:

  1. Completed the research approved by the Dissertation Committee.
  2. Passed all examinations required by the COGS, including the successful defense of the dissertation.
  3. Completed the required coursework.
  4. Completed a dissertation that is an independent investigation in the biomedical engineering field and constitutes a contribution to the respective discipline.
  5. Submitted an abstract for publication in Dissertation Abstracts International that meets with the approval of University requirements.

Upon successful completion of the aforementioned requirements, the Dissertation Committee members will sign the approval forms for the doctoral dissertation and make an official recommendation to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UTHSCSA or to the Graduate School at UTSA that the Doctoral degree be awarded.

Students should note that the above is a summary of the requirements for the Doctoral degree and are advised to consult the University (UTSA) Doctoral Degree Regulations as well as the BME Student Handbook which contains details specific to the UTSA/UTHSCSA Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering.

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