Biomedical Engineering

Imagination is more important than knowledge . . .  Albert Einstein

Biomedical Engineering—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • Laboratory facilities available to isolate and culture nerve, vascular, and musculoskeletal cells.
  • Departmental microscopy facilities include equipment for quantitative digital 2-D and 3-D fluorescence and light microscopy.
  • Internationally recognized research projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Learn more about the Biomedical Engineering programs.

Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering advances knowledge and develops new devices at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. It improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. The integration of biology with engineering is of increasing importance in all engineering disciplines.

Our program emphasizes research and education in tissue regeneration and engineering, biomaterials, physiological measurement, biosensors and medical optics. Our PhD graduates are prepared to succeed in academia, industry, and government positions. Our MS graduates are prepared to enter into doctoral programs or obtain advanced positions in industry and government. Our unique Accelerated Master's Program allows our current undergraduate students to earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS.

Graduate students can work with major analytical facilities throughout campus, including electron microscopy, surface analysis instrumentation, nanoindenters, X-ray analysis, and rheometry instrumentation. Collaboration with staff at Portage Health, Marquette General Hospital, and the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation allows our students to explore the rural health-care applications of biomedical engineering.

Faculty and students collaborate with industrial and clinical partners. In addition, some are developing small businesses with the novel technologies developed through their research.

Learn more about the Biomedical Engineering programs.

Master's Degree: 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 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

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: 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. 

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

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements 
MS–PhD (minimum)30 credits
BS–PhD (minimum)60 credits

 

Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.