Master of Science in Bioengineering

Transform Research Knowledge Into Life-changing Devices and Technologies

Some of today's most important medical breakthroughs are developed by bioengineers. Our teams of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and healthcare providers have developed engineered tissues, internal and external prosthetics, multiple imaging modalities, and diagnostic and therapeutic devices.

As the field of bioengineering evolves, the master’s degree is becoming increasingly important for advancement in the profession. There is a need for individuals to lead efforts in more specialized roles, especially in the design, development, and operationalization of bioengineering technologies and devices. Master's-level graduates can fill this need.

As a master's student in our program you will:

Our Master’s program is a two year program and offers three pathways: thesis, practicum, or strictly coursework.  Students wishing to explore a research question can purse a thesis with one of our faculty or affiliates.  Our practicum pathway allows students to gain internship experience in industry, government, or in the clinical environment.  Students who wish to gain specific expertise through coursework can select our coursework pathway.  For more information about our degree requirements and pathways see our MS catalog page.

“The MS program in bioengineering is a key element in our educational strategy since it provides depth and breadth to our formal education in bioengineering disciplines and an opportunity to gain practical experience in industry or a research project in academia. Students from our new MS program will be ready for direct employment in industry or to continue in advanced degree programs such as a PhD or MD.”

— Michael Buschmann, Bioengineering Department Chair

Increasing numbers of technologies and applications to medical equipment and devices, along with the medical needs of a growing aging population, will require the services of bioengineers, also known as biomedical engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in this field will grow at an annual rate of 4% seven percent from 2018 to 2028. The current median annual salary is $88,550 per year.

Learn more from the university catalog. Contact Professor Shani Ross for more information.

Milestones, proposed timeline, instructions, and forms for MS Students

Starting the program

Schedule a meeting with the MS program advisor prior to the start of your first semester in the MS program.  Review course requirements in the catalog and discuss your plan of study with your advisor:

  • Timeline and Forms
  • BIOE MS Plan of Study Form
  • Reduction of Credit Form

MS Thesis Pathway: Forms and Instructions

If you choose to pursue the MS Thesis option here are the instructions, recommended timeline, and forms for the thesis proposal and defense.

  • Timeline and instructions
  • BIOE MS Thesis Committee Form
  • BIOE MS Proposal Report Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Oral Proposal Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Proposal Results Form
  • BIOE MS Thesis Report Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Oral Thesis Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Thesis Results Form

MS Practicum Pathway: Forms and Instructions

If you choose to pursue the MS Practicum option here are the instructions, recommended timeline, and forms for finding an internship and doing your practicum.

  • Timeline and instructions
  • BIOE MS Practicum Committee Form
  • BIOE MS Practicum Report Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Oral Practicum Rubrics
  • BIOE MS Practicum Results Form