Ph.D. Bioengineering Program

The Clemson/MUSC Joint Bioengineering Program, whereby Clemson bioengineering faculty and students conduct their research, training, and other scholarly activities on the MUSC campus, was initiated in 2003. The partnership continues to mature and flourish with five Clemson Bioengineering faculty, one of whom is a T-COHR mentor (Dr. Yao). Clemson bioengineering students take coursework from Clemson faculty on the MUSC campus, as well as via videoconferencing from Clemson University. The program is a credit to both universities as a model for collaborative efforts aimed at bridging disciplines and institutions. Clemson’s bioengineering graduate program defines its own degree requirements, which include a defined set of core courses, rules guiding the selection of a dissertation advisory committee, a defined written qualifying exam taken at the end of the second year of graduate study, submission and defense of a plan of research, which constitutes the oral qualifying exam, and submission and defense of a dissertation describing an original piece of research. Students who desire training in clinical dentistry can enroll in dental school courses, including Dental Morphology, Occlusion, and Dental Materials.