Duke Biomedical Engineering | Facts and Stats

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Committed to making an impact

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


First accredited undergraduate BME program in the U.S.

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.

In 1972, our undergraduate BME program was the first accredited in the United States.

Today, BME is the second-largest graduate program at Duke and the seventh-largest undergraduate major.

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Duke BME is consistently ranked among the very best

  • #3 graduate biomedical engineering program—U.S. News & World Report
  • #4 undergraduate biomedical engineering program—U.S. News & World Report
  • #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 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC
  • Duke is #12 national universityU.S. News & World Report
  • Duke is #4 STEM University for WomenForbes

Duke bme at a Glance

  • $48 million in new research awards, fiscal 2020
  • 197 undergraduate students
  • 87 BSE graduates, Class of 2020 (May graduates, BME first major only)
  • 106 MS students
  • 43 MEng students
  • 226 PhD students
  • 2 NIH pre-doctoral training grants:
    • Medical Imaging (Nightingale, PI)
    • Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (Gersbach, PI)
  • 20-plus companies launched by Duke BME faculty

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