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Projected Lifecycle

Projected Lifecycle of a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D Student

Closeup of Georgia Tech Ph.D. regalia in gold and navy blue with the seal of the Institute on the lapels.

The dates listed here are the absolute deadlines for each milestone. We encourage you to begin early.


Year 2
Qualifying Exam & Teaching Assistantship
  1. Qualifying Exam (scheduled Aug. 1 – Nov. 1)
  2. Teaching Assistantship
    • TA forms can be accessed through this App
Year 3
Ph.D. Candidacy
  1. Thesis Committee Approval
  2. Ph.D. Proposal
  3. Admission to Ph.D. Candidacy
Year 4
Deadline to be Admitted to Ph.D. Candidacy (Sept. 15)
Year 4+
Graduation Requirements

Access the Coulter BME graduate program handbook, with important program-related information.


* NOTE: The handbook is currently being revised. Please contact the Ph.D. Programs Manager or see the Canvas Orientation site for important, timely information.

Please email the Academic Office:

Ph.D. lifecycle and academic administration

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Both the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering were nationally ranked no. 1 in 2023. It was a first-time top ranking for the grad program. Dedicated faculty and innovative curriculum earned the department its lofty spot and will be what keeps it there in the future.