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Engineering Programs

Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (Blacksburg)

The  Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics provides a hands-on, innovative focus that prepares global leaders who are ready to solve next generation problems. Students can earn graduate degrees in two programs.

  1. Biomedical Engineering
    Graduate degrees in biomedical engineering are offered through our joint graduate program with Wake Forest University, the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES). 
  2. Engineering Mechanics

Grounded on a strong foundation of engineering fundamentals, BEAM’s research areas are actively redefining the scope of their intersecting disciplines and bringing a new level of creativity to their respective fields.  Research areas in BEAM include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Engineering
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Nanobioengineering
  • Neuroengineering

Computer Science (Blacksburg & Washington, D.C., Area*)

The graduate program in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech is on its way to becoming one of the top programs in the country. The resources and facilities for research areas such as human-computer interaction, bioinformatics, creative arts, and high-end computing are state of the art, and their growing list of active research areas provides opportunities for students to concentrate their research and study on the specific aspects of computer science in which they are most interested. There are also opportunities to do pioneering work at the intersection of multiple disciplines. Students will receive firsthand instruction by award-winning faculty who have helped to define today's computer industry.

Industrial and Systems Engineering (Blacksburg)

The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) offers a broad-based program allowing students to pursue graduate study commensurate with their career goals. Students can select one of the general focus areas for their graduate study — human factors and ergonomics, management systems, manufacturing systems, or operations research — or they can select the general industrial engineering track, which provides more flexibility in tailoring their study. 

Mechanical Engineering (Blacksburg)

The graduate programs in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech provide quality mechanical engineering education through innovative research, faculty expertise, and practices that further expand and enhance students’ abilities in communication and problem solving, service and leadership within their profession, industry, and higher education.

Sample areas of study include:

  • Acoustics
  • Active materials/smart structures
  • Automatic controls
  • Biomedical topics
  • Combustion
  • Finite elements in machine design
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Fuel cell systems
  • Heat transfer
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Propulsion
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Turbomachinery 
  • Vibrations 

Civil Engineering (Blacksburg)

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering strives to provide a mix of applied and theoretical learning and research opportunities to students. 

For civil engineering degrees, students may emphasize one or more of three discipline areas available for graduate study within the department:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Structural engineering and materials
  • Transportation infrastructure and systems engineering


* Note that all preparatory courses (English for Academic Purposes, University Seminar) take place on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus.