The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences (SBES) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional graduate program that bridges engineering, science and medicine. The joint program combines the strengths and resources of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to produce an environment that fosters graduate education and outstanding interdisciplinary research.
SBES diplomas carry the seals of both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University. Graduate students choose a home campus (Blacksburg or Winston-Salem) based on their preferred areas of concentration within biomedical engineering, or their choice of faculty whose research interests them. However, they are able to experience the environments and faculty of both locations through courses taught by video-broadcast and through inter-campus visits and events. Currently SBES identifies seven general areas of concentration. They are:
Students are encouraged to adhere to the concentration area requirements specified by each faculty group; however, declaring a specific area is not required. SBES encourages innovative thinking and novel approaches to problem-solving and seeks to tailor students' academic programs to their individual goals and research ambitions.
Admission to the SBES graduate program is for the Fall semester only through the online application process at Virginia Tech (regardless of the 'home campus' chosen). The deadline for application submission each year is January 2 for admittance the following fall semester.
The SBES graduate program on the Virginia Tech campus is administratively under the direction of the Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM). BEAM is comprised of two academic engineering programs; Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM). At Wake Forest University the SBES program is located on the Bowman Gray campus where the medical school resides rather than on the Reynolda (main) campus.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 90 total credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. Additionally, a dissertation must be written and defended before a 5-person committee. The Ph.D. plan of study is due by the end of the third semester of study registered as a Ph.D. student. All coursework must be 5000-level and above (VT campus) and 600-level and above (WFU campus). The distribution of required hours can be:
Specific course of study requirements are as follows:
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering must include the following minimum requirements:
Ph.D. students must complete training in Ethics, required by the graduate schools, which must be noted on the plan of study. See the SBES Graduate Handbook for details regarding implementation on each campus. Students are also required to enroll in and successfully complete the SBES Seminar course (BMES 5944 at VT and BMES 694 at WFU) each semester of all the academic years during their degree program.
Ph.D. students must pass a Qualifying Exam no later than the end of the second year for students entering directly into the Ph.D. program or within one year of entering the program after completing the M.S. degree.
ALL students are expected to participate in the annual Research Symposium held each spring, and are required to do an oral research presentation at least once before they graduate.
Ph.D. students may elect to earn an M.S. degree as an intermediate milestone to the Ph.D. with the prior approval of their advisor. They must file an M.S. plan of study at the end of the second semester of study, and write and defend a thesis.
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Biomechanics faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Tissue Engineering faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Biomedical Imaging faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Neuroengineering faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific research topics offered by the Translational Cancer Research faculty of SBES:
The following list represents some of the specific topics offered by the Cardiovascular Engineering faculty of SBES:
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.