Northern Arizona University

College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences

Bioengineering, PhD


South San Francisco Street

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Bioengineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our PhD in Bioengineering focuses on the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics.  This interdisciplinary program provides a broad-based research perspective that draws upon the expertise of our faculty from unique disciplines.

Emphasis Areas Include:

  • Biophysics
  • Energy efficient remote sensing
  • Engineering of artificial plants
  • Environmental endocrinology
  • Informatics and Computing
  • Muscle-like actuation and Wearable Robotics
  • Novel biomaterials
  • Wound healing

For a more comprehensive view on faculty research, see our faculty webpage. 

What Will You Gain From Our Program

The goal of this program is to educate future industry and research leaders in bioengineering through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach.  Students will receive advanced training in research through focused coursework and will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia. 

After completing the degree, students are prepared to undertake careers in industry, government organizations, nonprofits, and universities.

Learning Outcomes

Students will build skills and knowledge through formal course work and an original dissertation project. The goal is to foster students’ abilities to identify and synthesize fundamental principles of bioengineering and apply them to complex problems. NAU graduates with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced bioengineering problems in the emphasis area (Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biophysics, Informatics & Computing).

Interdisciplinary: Demonstrate the ability to integrate information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice.

Research Design and Execution: Demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively design and conduct research studies, including synthesis of the scientific literature in the field of study, design of dissertation research, and interpretation of complex quantitative analyses.

Oral Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research project through oral presentations.

Written Communication: Compose and engage in highly effective written communication in bioengineering; demonstrate clear argumentation and logic in a variety of written communications, including published papers and grant proposals. 

For more information regarding the curriculum requirements, please search for the PhD in Bioengineering program of study.


NAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

In State Tuition (per year): 9746 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 23126 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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