MS Biomedical Engineering

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The Master of Science degree program in Biomedical Engineering is well-suited for individuals who desire depth in engineering as applied to living systems, with a practical and rigorous experience. Graduates will be well-equipped to make significant contributions to the biomedical field.

Our MS program objectives are designed to provide graduates:

  • with an advanced engineering education applied to human health and physiology to prepare practicing engineers for the many diverse career opportunities in biomedical engineering;
  • a foundation that enables graduates to maintain currency in their fields;
  • job-entry education for the more complex and evolving interdisciplinary area of biomedical engineering; 
  • the necessary preparation for those who plan on further study in engineering and/or medicine, leading to the Doctor of Engineering, MD, Ph.D, or MD/Ph.D. degrees.

The regular programs offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering are:

  • MS in Biomedical Engineering (Thesis or Approved Project track*), and
  • MS in Engineering with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering is not accepting students at this time.  

*The Thesis or Approved Project track, MS in Biomedical Engineering, requires a Faculty Advisor.  

MS applicants who apply through CSU Mentor must apply through MS BMED.  The MS Engineering with Specialization in BMED is unavailable at this time.

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For admission as a classified graduate student, an applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related physical science with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) attempted. Applicants for graduate engineering programs are required to submit scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants are also required to submit 3 letters of reference in support of their application. A college level biology course, with laboratory, for biology majors is highly recommended. Applicants who meet these standards but lack prerequisite coursework may be admitted as conditionally classified students and must make up any deficiencies before advancement to candidacy. Applicants from other academic disciplines, such as biology or chemistry are encouraged to apply and may be admitted to the program conditionally in order to make up deficiencies in prerequisite coursework. Information regarding specific admission requirements and classification as a graduate student may be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering.

Program of Study

Graduate students must file formal study plans with their advisor, department, college, and university graduate studies office as well as fulfill the Graduation Writing Requirement no later than the end of the quarter in which the 12th unit of approved graduate course work is completed. The formal program of study must include a minimum of 45 units with:

  1. At least 23 units of the 45 unit program at the 500 level.
  2. A thesis or project as the mandatory culminating experience.


Required Courses  
BMED 460 Engineering Physiology 1 4
BMED 530 Biomaterials 4
BMED 550 Current and Evolving Topics in Biomedical Engineering 4
BMED 563 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar 2
BMED 599 Design Project (Thesis) 2 9
Approved Engineering, Science and Mathematics Electives  
A minimum of 8 units from an advisor approved list of mathematics, statistics, biology, or analytic engineering courses, with at least 4 units at the 500 level. Typical courses could be, but are not limited to: 22
BMED 404 Applied Finite Element Analysis  
CSC 448 Bioinformatics Algorithms  
IME 503 Applied Statistical Methods in Engineering  
MATH 418 Partial Differential Equations  
MATH 501 Analytic Methods in Applied Mathematics  
MATH 502 Numerical Methods in Applied Mathematics  
STAT 513 Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models  
Remaining elective units are advisor approved. 3  
Total units 45



BMED 460 is not required for BMED undergraduates as it is a core course in the major.


BMED 591 and/or BMED 592 can substitute for up to 4 units of thesis. Recommended for BMED BS 4+1 students.


BMED 520 is required for non-BMED undergraduate majors.


2015-2017 Curriculum Sheet (Effective Fall 2015)