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Biomedical Engineering—MS, PhD

The graduate programs in biomedical engineering at Michigan Tech provide a research-intensive education integrating the engineering sciences with biomedical science and clinical practice.

Join a Thriving Research Program

Work with faculty who put students first. Our faculty have a strong track record of securing funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense.

The department’s active research thrust areas include

Your research activities will advance knowledge along the front lines of biomedicine, contributing to scientific breakthroughs that enhance health care—and ultimately save lives.

You will be able to participate in a wide array of cutting-edge research projects. Design simple, natural, injectable, drug-releasing hydrogel blends for tissue regeneration and repair. Develop and fabricate biosensors for medical diagnostic and biotoxin detection. Improve the safety and efficacy of tissue- and blood-contacting devices through the development of materials that impart controlled nitric oxide release ability to implanted medical devices.

Modern lab facilities are equipped to accommodate research in each faculty member’s respective area of focus.

Connect with Medical Industry

The department has partnerships with industry and local health organizations including Portage Health, Marquette General Hospital, and the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation. We are an active member of LifeScience Alley, an organization of Midwestern medical industry leaders.

These relationships afford students the direct opportunity to explore health care applications of biomedical engineering, or to design a small business from the novel technologies developed through their research.

The doctoral program prepares students to succeed in postdoctoral research positions or academia, and both the doctoral and master’s programs offer pathways to research and development careers in industry or governmental labs.

MS Options

Whether your interests lie in research or course work, we offer a master's degree option to suit your educational goals.

Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The thesis must be prepared following the current procedures.  

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a final thesis to the Graduate School prior to completing their degrees.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The report must be prepared following the current procedures.

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

  • Schedule their examination using the Pre-defense form
  • Distribute the report to the examining committee

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a single paper copy of the corrected and approved report in a sturdy binder including an original signature page to the Graduate School.

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

Signature Course Work Option

The course work option requires at least 18 credit hours above the 5000 level and a maximum of 12 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.

PhD Plan

A detailed explanation of degree requirements can be found on the Graduate School's Doctor of Philosophy requirements page.