Bioengineering is a field within the Engineering Sciences area of study at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select “PhD Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering” in the Area of Study menu.


The Bioengineering program is an interdisciplinary program that provides you with an opportunity to interact with many areas of the University and Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. You will learn how bioengineering integrates fundamental engineering disciplines like thermodynamics and fluid mechanics with the physical and life sciences while drawing on mathematics and computational sciences. This convergence will enable you to understand the operation of living systems that leads to the design of novel solutions to address critical problems in medicine and biology.

Bioengineers at Harvard are making advances in bio-inspired robotics and computing, biometrics and motor control, cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, and therapeutics. Examples of projects current and past students have worked on include embedding stretchable nanoelectronics into brain organoids to study brain development and developing injectable clotting agents to reduce blood loss.

Graduates of the program have gone on to a range of careers in industry in companies like McKinsey & Company, Medtronic. Others have positions in Academia at MIT, Vanderbilt, and Stanford.