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MS Program Guidelines

Please note: Although this document best describes the existing policies regarding graduate studies in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, students are advised to constantly review the document for possible changes and consult their graduate advisor if uncertainties exist.

Master's Degree Requirements

The School offers a master's degree requiring thesis research and a non-thesis master's degree, as well as an option of adding a Graduate Co-op Program (GCP) to a non-thesis master’s degree. Students are required to indicate the intention to pursue a thesis, non-thesis, or co-op option on their plan of study. A plan of study should be submitted no later than the end of the second term in school.

MS Thesis Option

Credit Requirements

The master’s thesis option requires the completion of a minimum of 45 credits. Of the 45 credits, at least 36 must be course credits and up to 9 can be thesis or research credits. Students may have to continue to register for research credits beyond the 45 required credits to complete their thesis research.

The 9 thesis/research credits that may be counted towards the required 45 credits are in no way representative of the amount of work that the student needs to spend on the thesis. The student must complete research culminating in a written thesis.

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Master’s degree has 5 required Core Courses, which include: Medical Science I, II, & III (or equivalent Graduate-level life science courses) and Biosimulation I & II. The 5 core courses total 15 credits, with 24 additional course credits required, of which 18 course credits must be in BMES electives. Non-BMES course credits are permitted in addition to the required courses and the BMES courses (but not instead of). Exceptions to this requirement (i.e., permission to use non-BMES courses to count towards the 18 BMES elective course credits required) must be approved by the student's research advisor (where applicable) and the graduate advisor.

Biomedical Science

The Biomedical Science Master’s degree has 8 required Core Courses, which include: Mathematics for Biomedical Science I, II, & III, Biomedical Statistics, Biocomputing Languages, Principles of Systems Analysis I & II, and Biomedical Ethics and Law. The 8 core courses total 24 credits, with 15 additional course credits required, of which 9 course credits can be in BMES electives. Non-BMES course credits are permitted in addition to the required courses and the BMES courses (but not instead of). Exceptions to this requirement (i.e., permission to use non-BMES courses to count towards the 9 BMES elective course credits required) must be approved by the student's research advisor (where applicable) and the graduate advisor.

Thesis Requirement

The thesis requirement is fulfilled by the preparation of a written thesis, a public presentation of the research, and an oral defense before the thesis committee.

If the student’s primary thesis advisor is a non-BMES faculty member, a BMES thesis co-advisor must be identified and appointed. The co-advisor must hold a primary, full-time appointment (as a tenured/tenure track, teaching, or research faculty member) in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.

The thesis committee must have at least 3 members, 2 of whom must hold a primary, full-time appointment (as a tenured/tenure track, teaching, or research faculty member) in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; the chair of the committee must be a faculty member with a primary, full-time appointment in the School (who is not also the student's thesis advisor).

The thesis committee appointment form must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the defense and is subject to approval by the graduate advisor. The thesis must be submitted, with the approval of the student's thesis advisor, to the committee 2 weeks in advance of the defense.

The student’s and advisor’s full names (and co-advisors' names, where applicable), a title, an abstract of the thesis, along with the precise time, date, and place of the defense must be emailed to steve@coe.drexel.edu at least 1 week prior to the defense, so that the defense presentation can be adequately publicized.

The thesis committee makes the final decision on the acceptability of the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis master’s option requires the completion of a minimum of 45 course credits.

Non-Thesis Option with the Graduate Co-op Program (GCP)

Master's Degree Involving the Graduate Co-op Program (GCP)

The inclusion of a co-op internship in the master's degree is possible and is strongly recommended for those students who do not intend to pursue further studies. Although the GCP and the Non-Thesis elections are independent of each other, this combination is recommended for students who are interested in securing a public sector industry position upon graduation. For more information about Drexel's Graduate Co-op Program, please visit: http://drexel.edu/scdc/co-op/graduate/.