Biomedical Engineering Roadmap


  • Enroll in courses and/or research (GRAD 6950)
    (6-9 graded credits per semester)


Semester 1: Advisor & Research

  • Enroll in BME 6094 seminar course
  • Discuss research interests with faculty
  • Begin work in research group
  • Select a track and required courses
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0

Semester 2: Start Research

  • Prepare for qualifying exam (Year 2)
  • Enroll in BME 6094 seminar & other required courses


Form an Advisory Committee

  • Choose 1 major advisor and 2 associate advisors.
    Guidelines: Choose 1 major advisor and 2 associate advisors.

Year 2: Pass qualifying exam

  • NIH-style written proposal and oral presentation

Continue to take graded courses toward your degree

Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate School

(after 18 credits completed)

Upon Plan of Study approval by Graduate School, start proposal


Dissertation Proposal/General Exam

  • Provide a copy of proposal to advisory committee 1 week in advance
  • Defend proposal
  • Submit general exam, proposal hardcopy, and dissertation proposal approval forms to Graduate School (at least 6 months before final Ph.D. defense)

Prepare Dissertation Proposal

  • Should be completed within 12 months of the completion of General Exam

Complete 30 graded course credits

  • 15 graded research credits, and 2 publications


Apply for Graduation in Peoplesoft During Last Semester

Announce Final Defense 2 Weeks in Advance on UConn and BME Event Calendars

  • Contact BME department staff for calendar scheduling and announcement. 

Provide Dissertation to Advisory Committee 2 Weeks in Advance of Defense

Review Dissertation submission checklist


  • Submit 1 electronic copy of dissertation to Digital Commons
  • Submit completed dissertation checklist, 1 approval page, final exam form, and receipt of earned doctorate survey to Graduate School

Complete BME Clearance Form

  • Includes submitting pdf of thesis, and returning keys
  • Provide exit survey