Pave Your Way in Biomedical Research

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Biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University launched in 1968 as one of the first biomedical engineering programs in the United States, bringing together the disciplines of engineering and medicine. Today, we offer students a comprehensive curriculum along with hands-on lab experience and real-world industry opportunities. 

Top students from around the globe choose Case Western Reserve University for our intensive faculty-student interactions and physician collaborations with major medical centers, including Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering degree program with a major in biomedical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and our graduate and undergraduate programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.  

Innovative Education at CWRU 

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In the Department of Biomedical Engineering, our innovative undergraduate education program was established in 1972 with the introduction of the BS degree in biomedical engineering. From the beginning, the BS in BME program at Case Western Reserve implemented courses that integrated engineering and biology and were taught by faculty members within the department.

This integrated educational model has become the bedrock for undergraduate BME education at Case Western Reserve. The department was built on the premise that engineering principles provide an important basis for innovation and unique solutions to biomedical problems. Therefore, the undergraduate curriculum includes core engineering and biomedical courses coupled with courses in a specialty area chosen by the student.

Additionally, students gain practical experience in the required biomedical engineering I and II laboratories. Students learn within faculty research laboratories on campus, as well as at the many local medical facilities within walking distance, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Discover our undergraduate biomedical engineering program.

Apply to Our Master's and PhD Programs

  • The Department of Biomedical Engineering at CWRU is one of the very few programs in the nation that hosts multiple National Institutes of Health training grants for doctoral students, an important recognition of the excellence of our graduate program. 
  • We consistently remain a top-ranked biomedical engineering program for graduate studies.
  • CWRU BME is a truly joint program in the schools of engineering and medicine.
  • Our research program is at the heart of a vibrant medical community including top-ranked hospitals (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, VA) and more than 150 medical and bioscience companies. 
  • We offer a variety of masters options such as thesis/project or course only. We also offer an online BME MS degree as well as our dedicated MS degree with a specialization in translational health technology. 

Learn more about our graduate degree offerings.