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The Ph.D. in Neuroengineering, a joint program between the UAB School of Engineering and Heersink School of Medicine. It is a first-of-its kind program in the state of Alabama and one of the only freestanding neuroengineering doctoral programs in the country.

This program integrates advanced topics in such areas as neurophysiology, neural dynamics, neuropathology, systems engineering, computational analysis, advanced imaging, and data analysis. By combining faculty expertise in neurobiology, neuroscience, engineering, and the sciences we are training a new generation of neuroengineers to advance understanding of neurodegenerative disorders and other brain diseases and to develop novel therapeutics, neuroprosthetics, and tools to restore lost brain function and improve patient outcomes.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field with strong computational components. Students with undergraduate degrees in 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, including having earned a B or better in Calculus I, Calculus II, and Introduction to Differential Equations. Students who have who lack sufficient mathematical/computational background may be required to take preparatory courses in mathematics prior to being admitted into the program.

Admission to the NE Ph.D. program is competitive. Applicants will typically have a GPA of 3.0 or greater from their previous degree(s) (on a 4-point scale) and significant research experience in engineering, neuroscience, or a closely related field.

Application and Admission Deadlines

Graduate students are admitted in the fall semester each year. Applications must be submitted through the Graduate School online application portal. The application fee will be waived for domestic applicants who submit a complete application for admission by the priority deadline. Applications must be in "complete" status by the priority deadline for the application fee to be waived. Preference for admissions will be given to earlier applicants.

Priority Deadline
December 15, 2023

Final Deadline
February 1, 2024

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 6 months of research experience.
  • International applicants must submit English proficiency scores in accordance with UAB Graduate School requirement. Click here for details.
  • An online application including all components listed in the Application Checklist.
  • Please upload all documents as PDFs to maintain formatting.


  • GRE scores are not required
  • there are no specific majors required
  • A master's degree is not required

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Program Directors

Mark Bolding

Mark Bolding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology, UAB Heersink School of Medicine
Co-Director, Neuroengineering Ph.D. Program
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William "Jamie" Tyler

William "Jamie" Tyler, Ph.D.
Professor, UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director, Neuroengineering Ph.D.
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