MS Program

The Master of Science (MS) Program in Biomedical Engineering is a degree program designed to provide advanced training in biomedical engineering. The program requires students to establish the necessary foundation in molecular- or systems-level biology/physiology and mathematics, in addition to advanced biomedical engineering coursework. All students are required to complete a practicum. Students may satisfy the practicum requirement by completing an approved project.  Alternatively, students may satisfy the practicum requirement by developing a research focus and carrying out original research that culminates in a written thesis.

The program is designed to be completed by full-time students in one calendar year.  Students choosing to complete a thesis should expect to complete the program in two years.   Students who excel in the BME MS program are encouraged to continue in the BME post-MS PhD program.

Course Requirements

The MS program requires completion of a 36-credit-hour study program. Key elements are outlined here:

 MS with Project

  • BE 605 Molecular Bioengineering I or BE 606 Quantitative Physiology for Engineers (4 credits)
  • Three BME graduate-level elective courses in the area of specialization (12 cr)
  • A mathematics elective (4 cr) (from the approved list)
  • Three graduate-level technical electives (12 cr)
  • ENG BE 790 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0 cr)
  • ENG BE 955 Mentored Project (4 cr, satisfies practicum requirement) A suitable project must be identified and approved by the BME Graduate Committee. The mentored project must be supervised by BME primary faculty member or an approved outside advisor (4 cr).

 MS with Thesis

  • BE 605 Molecular Bioengineering I or BE 606 Quantitative Physiology for Engineers (4 credits)
  • Three BME graduate-level elective courses in the area of specialization (12 cr)
  • A mathematics elective (4 cr) (from the approved list)
  • Two graduate-level technical electives (8 cr)
  • ENG BE 790 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0 cr)
  • ENG BE 900 Research (8 cr) Students will undertake a suitable research project supervised by a faculty member of the department or an external faculty member deemed acceptable by the BME Graduate Committee.  Although only 8 credits of BE 900 may be applied to the 36 required for the degree, students are expected to register for ENG BE 900 Research each semester they work on the research project.

Application and Deadlines

MS candidates must complete an online application (http://www.bu.edu/eng/admissions/grad/apply/), provide GRE scores, two letters of reference, a resume, and a statement of purpose (essay). Applications are due by January 15th (December 15th for international students).

Any inquiries related to applications and/or receipt of supplemental application materials should be directed to the Graduate Programs Office via email or at (617) 353-9760.

For additional information about the MS program, contact Christen Bailey (christen@bu.edu).