MS in Bioengineering

Required Semester Hours: 36

Thesis Track

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The thesis track is designed for MS in Bioengineering students who are interested in conducting research. This track is strongly advised if you may be interested in pursuing a PhD in the future.

Researching and writing a master’s thesis is an academically intensive process that takes the place of 8 credits of traditional coursework. Students work with a faculty advisor to choose a topic of interest, engage in high-level study of that topic, and develop a paper that is suitable for presentation at a conference or submission to a journal.

The thesis experience provides definition to your master’s degree experience and can bolster your application for jobs or doctoral-level study by demonstrating your capabilities.

In the thesis option, you will earn 8 credits in BIOE 598 Master’s Thesis Research and at least 28 credit hours from coursework. At least 12 of your coursework credits must come from courses at the 500 level, excluding BIOE 595, BIOE 596, and BIOE 598. You may be allowed limited credit hours from BIOE 596 (Independent Study) with department approval. There is no comprehensive examination.

Master’s thesis students in bioengineering have recently studied:

  • Correlating Histopathology and Radiologic Imaging to Validate Prostate Cancer Detection
  • Engineering Culture Platforms to Study Human Liver Cancer and Fibrosis
  • Tongue-To-Speech (TTS): Wearable Wireless Assistive Device for Augmented Speech
  • Extracellular Matrix Effects on Hepatocyte Functioning: A Multivariate Regression Approach
  • Cellular Obstruction Clearance of Proximal Ventricular Catheters Using Low-Voltage Joule Heating

Non-Thesis Track

In the non-thesis track, you earn all of your required 36 credit hours from coursework. Of these, 16 must be from courses at the 500 level. There is no comprehensive examination.

Across-the-Board Requirements

  • 1 hour of BIOE 595
  • Present at least one seminar (BIOE 595) before graduation
  • Students entering the program without an undergraduate degree in bioengineering or biomechanical engineering must also take BIOE 421, BIOE 430, and BIOE 460