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Engineering a Healthier Future

MS Program Requirements

Course Curriculum

The Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required in every semester. There are three culminating experiences from which to choose from to earn the Master’s of Science degree: thesis, project, and comprehensive exam. Students only complete one culminating experience.

MS Required Coursework

The following conditions must be met for each of the culminating experience options:

All-Course/Comprehensive Exam:

Students completing the all-course (comprehensive exam) option must complete at least six (6) Biomedical Engineering (BE) courses, including required course: BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 credit hours). A student may, upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, take additional courses – outside the required six BE courses - that are not BE courses and apply them toward their degree requirements. Any courses to be taken from outside of BE must be requested in writing using the Outside BME Course Approval Form.

Thesis or Project:

Students completing a thesis or project must complete at least four (4) Biomedical Engineering (BE) courses, including required course: BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 credit hours).  A student may, upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, take additional courses – outside the required four BE courses - that are not BE courses and apply them toward their degree requirements. Any courses to be taken from outside of BE must be requested in writing using the Outside BME Course Approval Form.

Students completing a Master’s thesis must complete a minimum of three to six (3-6) credit hours of BE 599 Master's Research.


Students completing a Master’s project must complete a minimum of three to six (3-6) credit hours of BE 597 Engineering Project.

View Course Descriptions for graduate courses offered within the Biomedical Engineering department.

Possible Study Plans

You can complete our Master's program in as little as one full year, but many students choose to take additional time to allow for in-depth research for their thesis.

We require full-time enrollment (12 credits in Fall and Spring) for students throughout the study period until less than 12 credits remain, at this point the student should have completed all coursework and only have thesis credit remaining in their study plan.

Students are not required to enroll in coursework in the Summer or Winter intersessions, but students will not be able to conduct research in laboratories during those periods if they are not enrolled in courses or Master's research. To maximize your research opportunities we suggest enrollment minimally during the Summer intersession, but students may consider the Winter intersession for enrollment if they will be in the area during early January.

Listed below is an example of ways that students can choose to complete the program within a specified time period. 

 

12 Months

20 Months

Program Requirements

18 Months


*This is not a guarantee that a student choosing one of the listed paths will finish their degree in that time, but rather serves as general guidance for student registration. Each student will work with their Faculty Advisor to determine an appropriate course path after the first semester of study.

Policies and Procedures

For Biomedical Engineering specific information see Information for Current Students.

For guidelines from The Graduate School please visit the Policies & Procedures section of their website.