1. What is a “Home School / Home Department”
At Georgia Tech, "Schools" are what are thought of as "Departments" at many other universities. For example, the School of Mechanical Engineering is the academic unit that houses the Mechanical Engineering faculty and students, offers Mechanical Engineering classes, and confers Mechanical Engineering degrees. Georgia Tech does have one “department” and this is the Biomedical Engineering department. Although it functions as a school, because of its joint degree with Emory, it is called a department.
2. What is a “BioEngineering Program Faculty Member”
Any faculty member, in any of the bio-disciplines, that has expressed interest or applied to be a member. By doing this, faculty can advise BioEngineering graduate students.
3. Does my research advisor have to be in my “Home School / Home Department”
No. Any participating “BioEngineering Program Faculty Member” may advise a student in the BioEngineering Graduate program, independent of his or her school / department affiliations.
4. What is the difference between the Bioengineering Program Faculty and the Biomedical Engineering Program Faculty?
A faculty member, when hired at Georgia Tech, is hired through a school or department. This is where their academic appointment lies. Most, if not all, of the BioMedical Engineering Department faculty are BioEngineering Program faculty, this includes the faculty at Emory.
To explain this further, faculty are not hired through the BioEngineering program. Faculty from all bio-related disciplines, including BME, apply to become program faculty so that they can advise students across disciplines.
For this reason, taking BioEngineering graduate students it is a great way for a faculty member to build a diverse research laboratory that consists of students from various schools and departments to tackle transformative and translational research questions.
5. Which colleges participate in the Bioengineering Program?
- College of Engineering
- College of Computing
- College of Sciences·
6. What schools / departments participate in the program?
- School of Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering Department
- School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- School of Materials Science and Engineering
- School of Mechanical Engineering
7. How are students funded?
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships and most fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic potential. Students are nominated for assistantships by their home school. Students can apply for a variety of fellowships sponsored by national organizations, corporations, and foundations. Information regarding fellowships is available at http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/fs-fellowship-procedures
8. How do I choose an advisor?
Although mechanisms in each home school are somewhat different, students are given the opportunity to learn about research projects by meeting with potential thesis advisors. Through a selection process involving input from students and faculty, students are matched with research advisors. In some home schools students are expected to match up with a research advisor prior to arriving at Georgia Tech.
9. What are the requirements for admission?
The general requirements for being considered for the Bioengineering Program are: · B.S. Degree in Engineering or Science · 2 years of calculus and differential equations · 1 year of calculus-based physics · 1 year of chemistry (preferably organic) preferred · 1 semester of biology preferred · Minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 25 (computer)
10. Where do I find the departmental codes to send my TOEFL and GRE results?
The codes can be found here.
11. I do not have an engineering degree. Can I apply? Do I take the same courses?
A student who has met the above requirements and has a quantitative aptitude is welcome to apply to the program. A science student may find it necessary to take some undergraduate courses to satisfy prerequisites for particular graduate courses, but this is dependent on both the student's background and the nature of the course. For students with a BS in science, an MS in Bioengineering is required before a Ph.D. in Bioengineering.
12. I am transferring from another graduate program. Can I receive transfer credit for my coursework? How?
Students who have completed an MS degree at another university may make an agreement to apply MS towards their Bioengineering Ph.D. This coursework Planning Sheet is filed by the student to establish this agreement, subject to the approval of the Bioengineering Graduate Committee. The Planning Sheet should include all classes to be used towards the Ph.D. -- both those completed at Georgia Tech and those from the MS awarding school.
13. Application Materials: How do I apply? How do I choose a home school?
This issue is discussed on the following web page concerning how to apply to the program.
14. Can I apply Spring Semester?
Student are encouraged to apply for Fall semester admission. Students who apply for Spring semester admission will encounter difficulty finding a thesis advisor and funding for matriculation beginning in the Spring semester. Additionally, some home schools / departments do not admit students Spring semester.