Biomedical Engineering, MBE

The Masters in Biomedical Engineering is a coursework only Masters program that develops deeper technical knowledge in biomedical engineering beyond the BS.  It can be completed in three semesters of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Masters in Biomedical Engineering program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a program that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET at the time of graduation, or provide evidence of an equivalent academic background to the Dean of the College of Engineering and the appropriate department chair.

Applicants to the Masters in Biomedical Engineering must submit a completed Graduate School application, official undergraduate transcripts, undergraduate grade point average, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose that provides a rationale for proposed graduate study. Applicants must have an overall grade-point average of 2.75 or better or 3.00 for the last two years (64 semester credits or equivalent). 

Official results of the analytical writing and quantitative portions of the GRE must be submitted. The GRE minimum requirements for admission into graduate engineering programs in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science can be met by one of the four score combinations below:

Analytical Writing     Quantitative 
3.0                          159
3.5                          153
4.0                          149
4.5                          146

With program approval, the GRE requirement may be waived for students holding degrees from ABET EAC accredited programs (including such programs at UA).

Applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 on the internet-based TOEFL.

Bridge-up requirements for applicants with a non-engineering bachelor's degree

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than engineering shall have completed coursework in calculus, differential equations, have one year of classical physics, one year of chemistry, thermodynamics I, and the following:

Must complete 4 of the 5 following courses
ELEN:307Basic Electrical Engineering4
BMEN:362Transport Fundamentals for Biomedical Engineering3
BMEN:305Introduction to Biophysical Measurements4
or ELEN:340 Signals & Systems
CIVE:202Introduction to Mechanics of Solids3

An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for these courses. These undergraduate engineering courses may be taken prior to graduate admission.

Accelerated Degree Pathway from UA's BS in Biomedical Engineering

Qualified undergraduates in UA's Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program who are interested in earning the Masters in Biomedical Engineering can do so as part of an Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP) that accelerates time to completion when earning both degrees.  These students must apply and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the ADP program in the Spring before their last year of study for the BS, and at the time of graduation with the BS, apply and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Interested students should consult the department during their junior year for more information.

The University’s Academic Requirements (See Academic Requirements in this Graduate Bulletin), the following College of Engineering and Polymer Science requirements and the department’s academic requirements must all be satisfied for the masters degrees in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science.

Students in the program:

  • will be matched with major advisor, and 
  • will complete a formal Plan of Study that complies with the requirements below, and is acceptable to the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering and the Department Chair. 


Core Required Courses12
Technical Electives18
Total Hours30

Core Required Courses

Core Required Courses
BMEN:600BME Graduate Colloquium 11
BMEN:600BME Graduate Colloquium 11
BMEN:605Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering4
BMEN:606Physiology for Biomedical Science and Engineering3
Total Hours12

 Technical Electives

Select minimum of 18 credits from among the following 218
Up to six credits of 500-level courses may be chosen:
BMEN:530Design of Medical Imaging Systems3
Choose the remaining electives at the 600-level:
BMEN:627Advances in Drug and Gene Delivery Systems3
BMEN:653Transport Phenomena in Biology & Medicine3
BMEN:654Microfludics in Biotechnology3
BMEN:661Advanced Biomaterials3
BMEN:662Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine3
BMEN:697Special Topics: Biomedical Engineering1-4