Biomedical & Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) | Graduate

Our Ph.D. in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering empowers graduates to apply foundational knowledge in biology, engineering, and chemistry to solve a range of challenges in biomedicine and sustainable energy. Our students advance the frontiers of what is medically possible, achieving better therapeutic outcomes for their patients.

The Ph.D. in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Howard's Graduate School is designed for students interested in pursuing research studies in areas like infectious disease, food engineering, biomechanics and modeling, energy and sustainability, and environmental remediation. As a Ph.D. student in our program, you will develop a holistic understanding of ethical, environmental, and social responsibilities. Our program will prepare you for a career in research, teaching, government, and industry in areas like biotechnology, pharmaceutics, consumer product design, manufacturing, and renewable energy. You'll apply fundamental understandings of chemical and biomedical engineering and practical training in theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques, including computational modeling of cellular networks, genetic analysis, biomolecule synthesis, and optimization. You'll enjoy the close mentorship of faculty who are experts in wide-ranging fields, including hazardous waste remediation, biopolymers, bioengineering, fluid and thermal sciences, tissue engineering and drug delivery, environmental engineering, dynamics of reacting systems, nanotechnology, and computational science. You'll also enjoy a highly collegial atmosphere and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research funded by private and public sector agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and ExxonMobil. Our students advance the field of biomedical and chemical engineering, from developing more energy-efficient solar cells to designing medical technologies that modernize the diagnosis and safe treatment of diseases.  

Program Snapshot

      ❱  72 credit hours 

      ❱  Full-time

      ❱  On-campus format

      ❱  Degree: Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry: 

      ❱  No spring entry 

Fall 2024 entry: 

      ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (early deadline)

      ❱  Feb. 15, 2024 (priority deadline)

      ❱  Apr. 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee)


Dr. Preethi Chandran

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Patrick Ymele-Leki

Department Chair

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.
  • Related Professions: Engineer

Admission Requirements

Application for Admission   

  • Online EngineeringCAS application 
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest (500-1,000 words)
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to EngineeringCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement (500-750 words)

GRE Required?

  • No

GRE Preferred Minimums

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Friend
  • Family Member
  • Coworker
  • Clergy
  • Other