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.

Duke BME Rankings

Consistently among the very best

#3 graduate biomedical engineering program

#4 undergraduate biomedical engineering program

#3 in the country for highest median starting salary for biomedical engineers$70,000

Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential

Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students

Duke is ranked #4 STEM university for women and #12 national university overall

Sources: U.S. News & World Report, Medical Product Manufacturing News, Payscale.com, CNBC, Forbes

Duke bme at a Glance

  • $48 million in new research awards, fiscal 2020
  • 182 undergraduate students, fall 2020
  • 88 BSE graduates in the Class of 2020 (May graduates, BME first major only)
  • 106 Master of Science students
  • 43 Master of Engineering students
  • 226 PhD students
  • 20-plus companies launched by Duke BME faculty

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