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Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Biomedical Science (BMS) Graduate Programs

The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is a nationally recognized center of research and graduate education. It offers multidisciplinary graduate instruction and research on both a full- and part-time basis. The graduate school faculty includes individuals with engineering, physics, mathematics, biostatistics, life science, medical, and clinical specialties.

Graduate Degrees

We offer the following graduate degrees through Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems:

Why Choose a Graduate Program at Drexel Biomed?

  • Most universities absorb biomedical engineering programs within the engineering or medical colleges, Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems is a free-standing school focused exclusively on biomedical engineering and science. This framework facilitates appointment of faculty with diverse backgrounds in the school and the students and faculty enjoy close working partnerships with Drexel’s College of Engineering, College of Medicine, School of Public Health, Law School, and School of Entrpreneurship. This unique environment is truly multidisciplinary while providing biomedical engineering and science students first-class status.
  • Drexel's graduate co-op program provides a six-month period of full-time job experience, gaining access to well-known employers in industry such as Spark Therapeutics, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Integra Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin, and Johnson & Johnson. The graduate co-op program helps students by expanding their professional networks, enhancing their résumés, and bringing that experience back to the classroom and their peers.
  • Drexel BIOMED anchors Philadelphia's "Cellicon Valley" Avenue of Technology on 32nd and Market Streets and holds close proximity to several nationally recognized medical centers including Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). Our region boasts one of the highest concentrations of medical universities and hospitals, biomedical device and systems companies, bio-pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health systems industries in the United States. Our urban setting and our proximity to a vast array of cultural centers in and around Philadelphia are a bonus for those students who wish to grow not only academically, but also intellectually and socially during their graduate studies.

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Programs

Students in biomedical engineering (BME) can choose to concentrate or specialize in one of six areas: bioinformatics, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics and human performance engineering, cardiovascular engineering, drug delivery and neuroengineering. On entering the field, students may use their knowledge of physiological systems to re-imagine and improve the delivery of healthcare by creating artificial tissues and neural networks, accelerating wound healing, or designing new equipment like noninvasive healthcare diagnostic tools. Graduates from the program are prepared for diverse career paths that range from business/management and entrepreneurship to industry, academia, research, policy and law, and health professions.

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Master of Science (MS) Degree

The MS in Biomedical Engineering degree curriculum develops graduates who can identify and address unmet clinical, diagnostic, and healthcare needs by using their knowledge of modern theories, engineering systems, and mathematical and engineering tools. Drexel University has been ranked among the 25 Best Master’s in Biomedical Engineering Degrees and #1 in the Greater Philadelphia Area by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.


Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business (IBEB) Master of Science (MS) Degree

The MS in Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Business (IBEB) is designed for engineers pursuing Business/Management oriented careers in Biomedical Engineering. The program is open for students with previous undergraduate degrees in an engineering discipline. The program provides graduate students with a biomedical engineering training, but combines it with a multifaceted and transferable skill set of a manager and technology entrepreneur. Participants will complete specific courses and have experiences that promote the development of their business skills in terms of management, finance, leadership, communications and marketing skills, thus helping to ensure graduates’ professional success.


International Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering

Drexel offers an international MS graduate program, shortening the path to a Drexel Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) by a year. Applications for this cost-saving program have to be submitted to Drexel University and will be communicated with the college of the student's choice. Students can pursue an international BME graduate program at the following universities:

An international dual MS degree program in biomedical engineering is available in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Students in the biomedical engineering MS program at Drexel University can enroll for 1 year of at SJTU and earn two MS degrees at the end of their studies. A dual PhD program in BME with SJTU is also available.


Biomedical Engineering (BME) Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program

The PhD in Biomedical Engineering degree program curriculum develops graduates who can identify and address unmet clinical, diagnostic, and healthcare needs by using their knowledge of modern theories, engineering systems, and mathematical and engineering tools. Biomedical engineers require the analytical tools and broad knowledge of modern engineering and science, fundamental understanding of the biological or physiological system, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.


Biomedical Science (BMS) Graduate Programs

Students with an undergraduate education in life sciences (e.g. biology or biochemistry) or paramedical disciplines (e.g. nursing, physical therapy, or medical technology) add to those foundations by learning advanced computing skills, informatics, and mathematical modeling. Alternatively, students with a strong mathematics background can plenty of coursework to acquire proficiency in the life science. After graduating, students often continue clinical training in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or work in healthcare pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology or health law and business.

Biomedical Science (BMS) Master of Science (MS) Degree

The MS in Biomedical Science degree program applies fundamental biological research, analysis and technology to human health. The BMS program educates students whose undergraduate education is in basic life sciences (e.g., biology) or paramedical disciplines in quantitative data analysis, mathematical modeling, systems analysis and informatics. Biomedical science is a broad field concerned with the application of fundamental biological research and quantitative analysis to human health.


Biomedical Science (BMS) Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program

The PhD in Biomedical Science degree program applies fundamental biological research, analysis and technology to human health. The postgraduate program educates students whose undergraduate education is in basic life sciences (e.g., biology) or paramedical disciplines in quantitative data analysis, mathematical modeling, systems analysis and informatics.


Dual Master's, Graduate Minor, and Fellowship Programs

Dual Master's Degree Options

The University encourages students with broad interests to consider a dual MS option. Through the dual MS program, graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity to work simultaneously on two master's degrees and to complete both at the same time, with a reduced credit requirement for both.


Graduate Minor in Bioinformatics

The Graduate Minor in Bioinformatics aims to train graduate students in core areas of bioinformatics through an interdisciplinary approach. Students are introduced to biocomputational programming languages and bioinformatics data analysis tasks. Students pursue further in-depth training in genomic data science topics including systems biology, molecular analyses and genomic technologies.


Fellowships and Assistantships

Learn about the fellowship and assistantship programs designed to provide BME and BMS graduate students with comprehensive, hands-on training as well as professional and academic growth opportunities.


Your Graduate Application Checklist

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