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

The Master's in Biomedical Engineering degree at Drexel Biomed is a full-time or part-time graduate program that prepares students to identify and address unmet clinical, diagnostic, and healthcare needs. 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 advancements.

Why Study Biomedical Engineering?

If you are interested in technology and the future of healthcare, a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering might be a good fit for your career goals. Biomedical engineers help improve human health by using engineering to solve unmet medical needs. The huge breadth of the field allows biomedical engineers to develop specialties in an area that interests them, such as biomaterials, medical devices, biomechanics, or bioinformatics.

  • Drexel's graduate co-op program provides a six-month period of full-time job experience, gaining access to well-known employers in industry
  • A pillar of Philadelphia's "Cellicon Valley" Avenue of Technology, 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.
  • Drexel Biomed is an independent School focused exclusively on biomedical engineering. This unique environment is truly multidisciplinary while providing biomedical engineering and science students first-class status.

Curriculum & Coursework

The core curriculum provides the necessary training in medical science, modeling and simulation and biomedical engineering applications. Students may focus their scholarly efforts on advanced coursework and research in such areas as Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Human Performance, Biomedical Signals, Neuroengineering, Tissue Engineering. While such concentrations are facilitated, the School does not offer formal certification in these sub-areas and the final degree is MS in Biomedical Engineering. A full list of required and elective courses as well as course-specific information is available in the course catalog.

Course Requirements

The core requirements for the master's in Biomedical engineering include a minimum of 45 course credits (most courses carry three credits each) and an optional research thesis. While a research thesis is highly recommended a Non-Thesis option is also available. Students who elect to pursue a Non-thesis option are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits of coursework to be approved by the School Graduate Advisor.

For a more detailed description of the MS requirements, please visit the MS Program Guidelines page.

Core Courses

Students who are part of the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering program are required to take several core courses, including:

BMES 501 Medical Sciences I 3.0 Credits
BMES 502 Medical Sciences II 3.0 Credits
BMES 503 Medical Sciences III 3.0 Credits
BMES 672 Biosimulation I 3.0 Credits
BMES 672 Biosimulation II 3.0 Credits
BMES 864 Seminar x Three terms 0.0 Credits

Areas of Specialization in the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering Program

The Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering graduate program of the School does not offer concentration areas in sub-disciplines. However, students can plan their own concentration of courses that will give them strength in a particular sub-discipline. Alternatively, the student can specialize by conducting research and writing a thesis, or may pursue a dual-degree MS option. The areas of specialization where students can learn and participate in research are:

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials and tissue engineering is designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications.

Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering

Biomechanics and human performance engineering is designed to meet two objectives:

  • Acquaint students with the responses of biological tissues to mechanical loads as well as with the mechanical properties of living systems
  • Provide students with the background and skills needed to create work and living environments which improve human health and enhance performance.

Biomechanics and Human Performance also involves the study of orthopedic appliances and the broader aspect of Rehabilitation Engineering and the Management of Disability.

Biomedical Systems and Imaging

Biomedical systems and imaging focuses on:

  • Theoretical and practical issues related to machine vision
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Signal processing associated with such medical applications
  • Biomedical instrumentation and product development

Bioinformatics

This specialization emphasizes a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided with hands-on experience in the application of:

  • Genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering
  • Experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics

Neuroengineering

Neuroengineering is broadly defined to include:

  • Modeling of neural and endocrine systems
  • Neural networks
  • Complexity in physiological systems
  • Evolutionary influences in biological control systems
  • Neurocontrol
  • Neurorobotics
  • Neuroprosthetics

Biomedical Technology Development

This concentration area and certificate program aims to provide engineers with the comprehensive education and training necessary to succeed in careers in business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies involving biomedical technology development.

The concentration area in Biomedical Technology Development is a professional degree program and follows the School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciecnce and Health Systems' established procedures for a non-thesis option master's degree.

Students interested in this concentration should develop a plan of study in consultation with the concentration coordinator, Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, before the beginning of the second term. The electives should also be chosen in consultation with the concentration coordinator.

Pediatric Engineering

This concentration area contains courses in:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Clinical treatment
  • Healthcare
  • Biomedical ethics

It is designed for graduate students in BIOMED to gain a fundamental understanding of childhood disease, healthcare, and treatment, and to apply scientific and engineering concepts, methods, and approaches to address healthcare challenges with direct relevance to pediatric patients.

Graduate Co-op

Master’s students can choose to include a three- or six-month Graduate Co-op that allows them to gain hands-on experience in their chosen branch of biomedical industry completed during the course of their coursework. Graduate Co-ops are paid or unpaid opportunities to expand a student's professional network, enhance their resume and skillset, and to be more competitive for post-graduation employment.

International MS Programs

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

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:

Master's in Biomedical Engineering Admissions

To be admitted into the MS in Biomedical Engineering program, students must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the traditional engineering areas, including:
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Software Engineering
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering Technology Environmental Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering

Application Requirements

  • No GRE Examination Scores required to apply!
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Personal Essay
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

For more information about the application, financial aid, cost of study, and length of the program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

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