The interdisciplinary graduate program in biomedical engineering combines core coursework with focused areas of proficiency that allow you more in-depth exposure to your areas of particular interest. The program's introductory course is team-taught by biomedical engineering faculty from a range of disciplines and outside lecturers are invited to give students a broad exposure to the field.
M.S. in biomedical engineering
You can earn an M.S. in biomedical engineering with a focus on either bioinstrumentation, prosthetic devices, bioelectromagnetics, nanobiotechnology, engineering approaches to integrative cancer biology or computational biology. The master's degree program offers courses that cover the theory and design fundamentals at multiple scales of biological processes, function and instrumentation.
You can choose from two degree options:
- Plan A: Requires core and specialized coursework and a thesis on an area of interest in biomedical engineering.
- Plan B: The coursework-only option requires additional coursework credits in lieu of a thesis. Students choosing this option will not be eligible for graduate assistantships.
Both programs require students to complete core coursework as well as classes in three focal areas.
Ph.D. in biomedical engineering
The University's Ph.D. in biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes a synthesis of biological processes, developing novel instrumentation, or modeling at different scales of biological or ecological systems. Your area of emphasis may include advanced nanosensors and “lab on a chip” technology, bioinformatics, or integrated techniques in cancer biology. In the Ph.D. program, you are involved in many aspects of original research, advancing scientific knowledge in specific areas.
Doctoral students must complete additional requirements including:
- A research rotation
- Communications course
- Presentation of work at a national or international scientific meeting
- A one-credit comprehensive examination consisting of writing and presenting a grant proposal
Areas of proficiency
One of the strengths of our program is the wide range of specializations you can choose from.
If you are in the M.S, program, you will choose three areas of proficiency, with at least one coming from the area of life and medical sciences and one from engineering and physical sciences.
If you are in the Ph.D. program, you will choose four areas of proficiency related to your research. At least one area must come from the life and medical sciences grouping and one area must come from engineering and physical sciences.