Graduate Programs


The University of Toledo’s Bioengineering graduate program prides itself on its award-winning faculty and its active research programs.   

The Department of Bioengineering at UToledo offers two graduate degrees in Bioengineering: 

  • Master of Science in Bioengineering  

Students in the M.S. program have three options. They can choose to write a thesis, complete a project or complete a course work option. The majority of UToledo students pursue the thesis option and conduct research in their advisor’s laboratory. 

  • Ph.D. in Engineering with a specialization in Bioengineering 

UToledo's doctoral degree program is designed for students interested in bioengineering research, such as research in biomechanics, biofuels and biosensors. The program is particularly attractive to students who combine work in bioengineering with other fields of engineering, such as chemical and mechanical engineering. 

Learn more about the Bioengineering Department.

Top Reasons to Study bioengineering at UToledo

  1. Unique M.S. curriculum.
    UToledo — unlike most Bioengineering programs — requires students to have graduate-level proficiency in the three principle areas of bioengineering: biomechanical, bioelectrical and biochemical. Students in other programs usually specialize in only one area. We find this broader focus often makes our students more employable. 
  2. One-of-a-kind class.
    We are one of the few programs to offer a required lecture and laboratory course in tissue engineering. UToledo faculty members in other departments who have in interest in tissue engineering research often send their students to this class. 
  3. Nationally recognized research programs.
    • Our biosensor and biofuels research programs are a major draw for PhD students.  
    • Our spine research program is one of the best in the country. 
  4. Research collaboration.
    Our Bioengineering faculty members work closely with clinicians, engineers and scientists from other disciplines (such as medicine or material science). Our graduate students have many opportunities for creative problem-solving, entrepreneurship and intellectual property generation. 
  5. State-of-the-art facilities.

    Conduct the highest-quality research with the latest tools and instrumentation. 

    Bioengineering graduate students have access to four teaching and 13 research laboratories, including:  

  6. Financial help.
    Graduate students are eligible for teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and tuition scholarships. 
  7. Biomedical Engineering option.
    If you’re interested in the intersection of Medicine and Bioengineering, you may want to consider our Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program. This joint program between UToledo’s College of Engineering and College of Medicine and Life Sciences offers a unique entrepreneurship component. Students take courses from UToledo’s top-ranked College of Business and Innovation and develop business plans to commercialize their dissertation research. 


UToledo’s Bioengineering program continues to expand as our research profile grows. 

We have many active, funded research programs. Bioengineering M.S. and Ph.D. students can choose to work on a variety of research topics with our talented faculty members

Our prominent research in biofuels attracts many Ph.D. students. We also have some of the best research programs in the country in: 

  • Biomechanics of the spine  
  • Energy production from biomass 
  • Development of chemical and biological sensors 

Other ongoing research areas include:  

  • Biofuels and bioproducts 
  • Environmental and biosensors 
  • Biomaterials 
  • Cellular and tissue engineering 

Our nationally acclaimed spine research program has two endowed faculty. Endowed chair Dr. Vijay Goel is an internationally recognized authority on spine research.  

Dr. Brent Cameron is an internationally recognized leader in biosensing. He has been awarded the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award. Dr. Cameron also has been granted many patents — among the highest for a UToledo faculty member. 


What jobs can I get with a bioengineering degree?

Graduates of UToledo’s master’s Bioengineering program have an advantage in the job market. Employers love that our M.S. graduates have proficiency in all three subdisciplines of bioengineering and applied research experience. 

Bioengineering M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are employed by a variety of institutions, including: 

  • Medical device manufacturers 
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Regulatory agencies 
  • Medical research institutions 

Our graduates also are prepared to pursue further education in medicine, law, business and other fields.  








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Last Updated: 11/16/23