Biomedical Engineering, MSE

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the master of science program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a program that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology at the time of graduation, or provide evidence of an equivalent academic background to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Polymer Science and the appropriate department chair.

Applicants must submit 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 with a bachelor’s degree 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).

Applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 96 on the internet-based TOEFL.

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, and must select and complete undergraduate coursework in 4600:300 Thermodynamics I (3 credits) and 4 of the 5 following subject areas:

  • 4400:307Basic Electrical Engineering4
    4800:362Transport Fundamentals for Biomedical Engineering3
    4400:340Signals & Systems4
    or 4800:305 Introduction to Biophysical Measurements
    4300:202Introduction 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.

Degree Requirements

The University’s Academic Requirements (See Academic Requirements in this Graduate Bulletin), the following college requirements and the department’s academic requirements must all be satisfied for the master of science degrees in the college.

Identify a three-member Advisory Committee including a major advisor before completion of 9 credit hours of coursework. Complete a formal Plan of Study that is acceptable to the Advisory Committee with a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework. The formal Plan of Study may be revised upon approval of the Advisory Committee.

Required Courses

Approved Electives


Required Courses
4800:600BME Graduate Colloquium1
4800:605Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering4
4800:606Physiology for Biomedical Science and Engineering3
Approved Electives (12-14 credits)
4800:530Design of Medical Imaging Systems3
4800:627Advances in Drug and Gene Delivery Systems3
4800:653Transport Phenomena in Biology & Medicine3
4800:654Microfludics in Biotechnology3
4800:661Advanced Biomaterials3
4800:662Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine3
4800:697Special Topics: Biomedical Engineering1-4
Master's Thesis (6 credits)
4800:699Masters Thesis in Biomedical Engineering1-6

Total Credits: 30

Approved electives include 4800:6xx-level courses other than the core requirements. A total of 18 credits of graduate level 4800 courses are required for thesis option; other credits can be taken at the graduate level in other disciplines with approval. Up to 6 credits of 5xx level courses can be taken for degree. 4800:600 can be taken up to 2 times for course credit for thesis option.

The thesis must be successfully (no “fail” votes) defended before the Advisory Committee.