Bioengineering majors interested in industry, academia or professional school should consider a Master’s degree. The accelerated BS/MS track is essentially a program to make the most of existing opportunities in the Bioengineering department.* This accelerated track benefits UIC Bioengineering undergraduate students. The time to the MS degree can be significantly shortened, often to only two semesters beyond completion of the BS.
THE GENERAL PLAN
The first step is to begin the MS thesis research while completing the BS. This synergy is possible, especially with regards to BIOE 398 – Undergraduate Research, BIOE 396/397 – Senior Design I & II, or internship activities.
With senior activities aligned towards research, the Master’s thesis can progress rapidly, and can often be completed within one year.
The MS in Bioengineering requires 28 credit hours of course work, of which 12 hours must be at the 500-level.
BS/MS students are encouraged to take up to 9 hours of graduate-level courses (400- and 500-level) in addition to their BS requirements.
These 9 hours will transfer toward the MS degree requirements, leaving 19 credit hours (about 5 courses) to be taken while enrolled in the MS program. These remaining courses can be completed in one year.
WHEN TO APPLY
Students should follow the standard application procedures for the MS in Bioengineering (see Application Deadlines below). Interested students should discuss the opportunities for MS thesis research with the undergraduate research sponsor as early as possible.
1. Complete M.S. application through the Office of Admissions
2. Submit GRE scores** to UIC (Institutional Code is 1851)
3. Have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Bioengineering department
4. Submit a personal statement to the Bioengineering department* It is the responsibility of the student to discuss the potential for MS thesis research with the faculty advisor of the undergraduate project. Participation in MS thesis research is dependent upon satisfactory performance during the undergraduate activity. Students and faculty project advisors are encouraged to develop a formal list of expectations (deliverables, reporting, background knowledge, etc.) which can be used to evaluate student performance.
** In cases of exceptionally qualified students, the requirement for GRE scores may be waived.
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