The partnership between the two universities enhances cultural approaches to research, access to facilities and resources, and networking opportunities. The NJIT/Rutgers joint doctoral programoffers advanced graduate education, providing students with the skills necessary for careers in basic and applied research as well as the intellectual foundation to provide leadership in academia and industry. This program emphasizes an integration of engineering and the life sciences to address complex problems Students are admitted to either institution and receive the same degree with a joint diploma. Course requirements are the same regardless of admission.
Aims of the Program
This joint program builds upon the synergistic relationship between NJIT and Rutgers University. The physical proximity of the two institutions facilitates access to courses, laboratories, libraries, and seminars, as well as blending scientific and clinical opportunities in education and research. In addition, the location of NJIT and Rutgers University in Newark promotes interaction with New Jersey's pharmaceutical and medical device industries and medical facilities. As the preparation for the PhD involves an extensive research apprenticeship in the form of dissertation, the program is closely linked to the areas of biomedical engineering research at NJIT and Rutgers University. This research is clustered in the following areas.
Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Cellular and Orthopedic Biomechanics
Biomedical Signal Processing, Imaging and Instrumentation
Neural and Neuromuscular Engineering
The program requires a minimum of 78 credits beyond the B.S. or 60 credits beyond an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering or closely related field. For the post MS student, 24 credits must be in advanced graduate level courses with 12 credits in biomedical engineering and 12 credits in life sciences. The post B.S. student must take an additional 18 credits in approved courses.
The remaining 36 credits are comprised of mentored dissertation research, in which the student demonstrate aptitude for independent research of publishable nature. Individuals completing this degree are well-prepared for employment in academia, industry and government laboratories, or for post-doctoral study.