MS - Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8058 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

The master's program in biomedical engineering allows the engineer the opportunity to apply recent technological developments to the solution of current biomedical engineering problems in the areas of biomaterials, biotransport, bioinstrumentation and biomechanics. Electives in other areas to broaden the student's exposure are also required.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering or its equivalent. Applicants with degrees in other fields of engineering, or in science or mathematics, are ordinarily required to successfully complete preparatory undergraduate coursework before starting the program. These courses are established by the faculty advisor and the department head when the student is admitted to the program.

General admission requirements and the application process are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is offered with both thesis and nonthesis options. Each option requires satisfactory completion of 30 semester credit hours. Before completion of nine credit hours, the student must submit a master's degree program plan indicating specific courses to be taken. For the thesis option, up to six semester credit hours of thesis (BME 5999) may be included in the 30 credit hour requirement. For the nonthesis option a student will replace the thesis with three credit hours of a faculty-supervised graduate project ( BME 5998) and an additional elective course.

The thesis option requires completion and successful defense of a thesis, while the nonthesis option requires a passing score on the final program examination based on both a written report and an oral presentation on the graduate project before the student's faculty committee. A thesis or graduate project proposal must be approved in advance by the faculty committee. All graduate students partly or fully supported by teaching or research assistantships are required to enroll in the thesis option. Generally, students wishing to pursue an academic career are encouraged to choose the thesis option. Required courses also include the zero-credit Biomedical Engineering Seminar (BME 5900) that all graduate students are required to register for and attend every semester.


The program requirements consist of two required courses, a zero-credit seminar and three core courses from a specified list; for a total of 15 semester credit hours. The remaining 15 credit hours consist of elective courses selected in consultation with the academic advisor and six credit hours of thesis, or three credit hours of a faculty-supervised graduate project.

Students enrolled in Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering are expected to complete the following requirements:

Required Courses
  • BIO 5210 Applied Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the mechanisms by which the physiological systems of the human body work. Applies these principles to the important issues in biomedical engineering. Covers neuronal communication, cardiovascular function in health and disease, respiratory function, kidney and water/salt balance, bone growth and metabolism, and reproductive endocrinology.
    Graduate standing or instructor approval
  • BME 5702 Biomedical Applications in Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current health issues in human physiological systems. Includes the practical application of current biomedical engineering technologies (pacemakers, defibrillators, ventilators, prosthetic joints, heart valves and others) to monitor, repair, replace or augment those systems.
  • BME 5900 Biomedical Engineering Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
    Presents current research by university faculty, visiting speakers and graduate students. Required of all full-time biomedical engineering graduate students.
Three courses from the following:
  • BME 5103 Transport Processes in Bioengineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies mass, momentum and heat transfer within the human body, between the human body and the environment and in the design of devices and systems involved with transport processes in medical and clinical settings.
    Instructor approval
  • BME 5259 Medical Imaging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the interdisciplinary principles of medical imaging techniques such as diagnostic ultrasound, radiography, x-ray computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Includes the physical principles, noise modeling and signal processing for each imaging modality.
  • BME 5569 Biomaterials and Tissue Regeneration
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the principles of materials science and cell biology underlying the design of medical implants, artificial organs and matrices for tissue engineering.
    Prerequisite course or graduate standing or instructor approval
  • BME 5710 Orthopedic Biomechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the mechanical and structural aspects of the human skeletal system. Includes the analysis and design of orthopedic implants such as hip and knee replacements.
  • BME 5720 Biomedical Instrumentation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes concepts and techniques of instrumentation in bioengineering. Emphasizes the effects of instrumentation on the biological system under investigation, transducers and couplers, data conversion, conditioning and transmission, and experimental problems in acute and chronic procedures with static and dynamic subjects.
Total Credits Required: 30