Facts & Stats


Duke BME provides an outstanding educational and research environment to train engineers who go on to profoundly impact industry and medicine.


  • #2 in the U.S. in biomedical engineering (College Factual)
  • #3 among doctoral biomedical engineering programs by the National Research Council
  • #4 in the United States for undergraduate BME major in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings
  • #4 in the country in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings
  • #5 in world in ShanghaiRankings's global ranking of biomedical engineering programs (Academic Ranking of World Universities)
  • #3 in the country for highest median starting salary for biomedical engineers – $70,000 (Medical Product Manufacturing News)
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential (Payscale.com)
  • Top 10 faculty scholarly productivity ranking among U.S. engineering schools (Academic Analytics 2015 – published Dec. 2016)
  • Pratt is listed in Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Duke is #5 on Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's College Rankings 2018
  • Duke is #8 National University (U.S. News & World Report)

Duke's Second-largest Graduate Program

BME is the second largest graduate program at Duke, the seventh-largest undergraduate major, and the largest undergraduate major in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.

A Long and Distinguished History

Since our founding as the Division of Biomedical Engineering in 1967, our faculty and students have been leaders in biomedical engineering research, education and innovation. More about our history »

Duke bme: at a Glance

  • 38 tenured or tenure-track faculty — including 21 AIMBE fellows, 7 BMES fellows, 4 SPIE and OSA fellows, 4 Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award winners (since 2010), 2 members of the National Academy of Inventors and 2 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • $30 million in new research awards in fiscal year 2017
  • 263 undergraduate students
  • 178 PhD students
  • 52 MS students
  • 41 MEng students
  • 101 BSE graduates in 2015-2016 (May graduates, BME first major only)
  • 2 NIH pre-doctoral training grants: Medical Imaging (Nightingale, PI) and Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (Gersbach, PI)
  • 18 companies launched by Duke BME faculty

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