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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. 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. Students admitted into the biomedical engineering program are individuals who have earned undergraduate degrees in one of the traditional engineering areas. Students with undergraduate degrees in computer science; physics; chemistry; bio-chemistry, or mathematics may qualify for admission into the graduate biomedical science program.

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.


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

 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

The 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 of the School's faculty from which 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 that 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 the theoretical and practical issues related to machine vision, image processing and analysis, and signal processing associated with such medical applications as well biomedical instrumentation and product development.


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 as well as 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 is broadly defined to include the modeling of neural and endocrine systems, neural networks, complexity in physiological systems, evolutionary influences in biological control systems, neurocontrol, neurorobotics, and 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, and biomedical ethics. It is designed for graduate students in BIOMED 1) to gain a fundamental understanding of childhood disease, healthcare, and treatment, and 2) 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 of at SJTU and earn two MS degrees at the end of their studies. A dual PhD program with SJTU is also available.

In cooperation with Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN) College for Engineering in Chennai, India, Drexel offers an international MS graduate program, shortening the path to an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel by a year. Applications for this cost-saving program have to be submitted to Drexel University and will be communicated with SSN.

Graduate Admissions

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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