Prospective PhD students

For over 50 years, our PHD graduates have made ground-breaking innovation and discoveries in biomedical research by creating new therapies, diagnostics and devices.

Students in the biomedical engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins will push the boundaries of scientific discovery alongside leading clinicians and researchers by developing and applying new technologies to understand, diagnose, and treat disease.

The BME PhD program is home to a wide diversity of students. 

  • Of the students who matriculated in the last four years, 42% are female students
  • In 2019, for the first time, female students comprise more than half of the incoming class
  • Of the U.S. students who matriculated in the last four years, 21% identify as belonging to racial or ethnic groups typically underrepresented in science and engineering
  • In a 2019 student survey, more than a quarter of responding BME students identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, or another non-heterosexual identity.
  • In the same 2019 student survey, 27% of students identified themselves as having a disability or chronic condition – including learning disabilities, sensory impairments (e.g. vision or hearing), mental health disorders, and long-term illnesses. 

All our students are exceptionally successful, so the message is clear: no matter your background or situation, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed here or that you shouldn’t apply here. You can and you should.

What should you consider when looking at graduate schools?

When researching graduate schools, a prospective student should consider the research opportunities, the people, the professional and academic networking community, and the location. As you will be spending the next four to seven years of your life in grad school, you will want to assess each of these components. Using the achievements of BME faculty and program graduates as the measure for success, we feel we have created an ideal environment for an enriching and rewarding graduate school experience at Johns Hopkins.

An intellectually stimulating environment and the nurturing spirit of collegiality extend throughout the program. Year after year, we attracted the best and brightest students world-wide to participate in this very competitive program.

Research and Networking Opportunities

Johns Hopkins is known as one of the top medical schools, and many of the physicians here are incredibly enthusiastic about research. Collaborations are not only approachable, but also greatly encouraged. We also organize seminars and networking events to connect the clinical, engineering, and basic science aspects of research.

Faculty and Advising

Hopkins BME faculty are engineering the future of medicine, with research articles regularly appearing in a host of high-impact academic journals. They have been featured on journal covers, interviewed for podcasts, and have participated in a multitude of academic seminars and conferences.

Graduate students are permitted to select any Hopkins faculty as their thesis advisor. Faculty areas of expertise span the realm of biomedical research — increasing the likelihood that you will find a faculty advisor in the research area where you have the most interest.

View BME PhD program faculty by research area.

Location and Transportation

Baltimore, also known as “Charm City,” is a smaller city that is rich in history and culture, with an unassuming feel. The city is filled with museums, conservatories, sports teams, parks, and, of course, crab.

Hopkins has two main campuses in Baltimore, but faculty and labs are generally localized. While the city has both a metro and bus system, most find it convenient to simply use the free Hopkins shuttle, which runs between the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. View Student Life for more information.