MS in Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

MS Biomedical Engineering Curriculum 

All successful applicants are admitted into the program as a non-thesis, applied project student. Upon entry into the program, admitted students may transition to a thesis curriculum. Each track requires 30 credit hours of coursework.

Thesis vs. Non-Thesis

MS Non-Thesis Curriculum

  • 2 credits of Seminar
  • 6 credits of Quantitative Electives
  • 6 credits of General Electives
  • 13 credits of BME coursework
  • 3 credits of Applied Project

MS Non-Thesis Curriculum Checksheet

MS Thesis Curriculum

  • 3 credits of Seminar
  • 6 credits of Quantitative Electives
  • 6 credits of General Electives
  • 9 credits of BME coursework
  • 6 credits of Thesis

MS Thesis Curriculum Checksheet

Clearance to register

Non Thesis (applied project) students will not receive a registration hold every semester. Please follow the MS Non-Thesis Curriculum on this website and use the link to the approved Quantitative Electives to select the appropriate courses for enrollment. You can receive guidance from the Graduate Advisor.

Thesis students will receive a registration hold every semester. To have the registration hold removed the student must file the SBHSE Graduate Student Progress Committee Report completed and signed by your Faculty/Thesis Advisor (if you have not formed a full committee yet) or completed and signed by your entire committee (if your full committee is in place). The hold is placed as an opportunity for you to meet with the faculty advisor or full committee to discuss the coursework for the coming year and track the progress of the thesis project.  The completed Graduate Student Progress Report is submitted to the SBHSE Graduate Advisor. Once approved by the Head of the Academic Unit the registration hold will be removed.

Click here for a step by step guide for registering.

To request a course override, click here.

Interactive Plan of Study

Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS) is the on-line Plan of Study for graduate students. Students should file their iPOS prior to the end of their second full-time year. Instructions for iPOS.


MS committees for Applied Project and Thesis must have a minimum of three faculty – a Chair and two members or two Co-Chairs and one member. The current faculty approved to serve on an SBHSE committee, also known as the Graduate Faculty in Biomedical Engineering, can be found online. Faculty who are not part of BME may be added on a case-by-case basis. Please complete sections 1 and 2 of the Graduate College Student Committee Approval form, and submit to the graduate advisor with the faculty’s CV. The form will be submitted to the Graduate College pending approval. To finalize your committee, you also need to submit this SBHSE MS Committee Form and change your committee on your iPOS.

MS Thesis students can click on the SBHSE Room Reservation Form to begin the process of scheduling their thesis defense.