Degrees Offered PhD
Program Co-Director Lynn Dobrunz, PhD
Program Co-Director Gregg Janowski, PhD
Program Administrator Kristy Barlow, MPA

Students entering the Neuroengineering (NE) doctoral program will possess a BS, MS, or be currently enrolled in the DMD/PhD or MD/PhD program at UAB.

PhD students normally have earned a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or a closely-related field. Students with undergraduate degrees in the computer science, neuroscience, physical sciences, life sciences, or mathematics will also be considered for admission; however, such students must demonstrate preparation for the NE graduate curriculum. Admission to the NE PhD program is competitive. Students applying through the UAB Graduate School must submit scores from the GRE General Test. Successful applicants will typically have scores of at least 156 (Quantitative), 3.0 or greater GPA from their previous degree(s) (on a 4-point scale), and significant research experience. The GRE requirement is being waived for applicants seeking admission through the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students admitted to the doctoral program typically receive a competitive stipend that includes payment of tuition. In addition to completing coursework requirements (see below), doctoral students must form a Graduate Dissertation Committee consisting of at least five faculty members, including the primary research mentor. At least one committee member must have a primary appointment in the School of Engineering and one must have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine. A written dissertation proposal must be orally presented to the committee and approved, at which time the student is admitted to candidacy. Admission to Candidacy must take place at least two semesters before the student may graduate. A written dissertation embodying the results of the student’s original research must then be publicly defended, approved by the committee, and submitted to the Graduate School.

Publication Requirement. Original peer-reviewed research articles in reputable journals are the standard for demonstrating scientific productivity. The research conducted by NE doctoral students is expected to result in such publications. Before their degree is awarded, students are required to have at least one “first-author” journal article that has been published (or accepted for publication) and a second that has been submitted to a journal. Typically, a student’s doctoral research will result in at least three first-author articles. Many students will be co-authors on collaborative research articles and may also share authorship on review articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and other forms of scientific communication. Although these works bolster the student’s scientific credentials, they do not count toward the NE publication requirement. In some cases, first-authorship of an article is shared among multiple individuals. In these cases, the article may count toward the publication requirement of only one doctoral student.

Admissions Requirements:

GPA required on most degree 3.0
GRE required & minimum score 156 Quantitative recommended (GRE waived for those applying for admission through academic year 2021-2022 due to COVID)
TOEFL/IELTS Min 80, 18 subsections/6.0 Overall
Other Interview required

Additional Academic Policies:

Special Topics courses and independent/individual study courses are reviewed for degree applicability to the degree. No more than 6 combined hours of Special Topics and/or Independent Study courses will be applied to the Neuroengineering PhD without appeal to and approval from the Program Directors.

UAB offers similar courses at the 400/500 and 600/700 levels. While the higher numbered course has more advanced content, there is a significant overlap in topics. Therefore, students are not allowed to take a 500-level or 700-level course for credit if they have previously taken the related 400-level or 600-level course, respectively.

Ph.D. in Neuroengineering

GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
GBS 730Introduction to Neurobiology (Dauphin Island Course)3
IDNE 701Topics in Neuroengineering I3
IDNE 702Topics in Neuroengineering II3
IDNE 796Neuroengineering Journal Club 16
BST 621Statistical Methods I3
or GRD 770 Intro to Biostats
GBSC 727Neuro Systems2
GBSC 729Cell Neurophysiology2
BME 717Engineering Analysis3
or ME 761 Math Methods in EGR I
BST 622Statistical Methods II3
EGR/CS Elective 26
NS/LS Elective 33
Other Electives 46
IDNE 773Lab Rotation 50
IDNE 798Non-Dissertation Research2
IDNE 799Dissertation Research24
Total Hours72