Biomedical engineering is a discipline that integrates the engineering sciences with biology and medicine. The field of biomedical engineering has seen a dramatic escalation in activity over the past 20 years leading to the development of a wide variety of medical devices, medical procedures, and a basic understanding of biological processes. The University of Arizona established the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program to address the increasing importance of engineering approaches in modern biomedical research and new medical technologies.
The strength of our Biomedical Engineering program is derived from the breadth of research activities among our interdisciplinary faculty. Faculty from numerous departments within the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences participate in this interdisciplinary graduate program. The major research areas are Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Bioinoformatics, Bioinstrumentation and Devices, Biomaterals and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics, Biosensors, Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering, Neuroengineering, Nanomedicine, and all inbetween.
UA Biomedical Engineering provides a rigorous education in the time-tested principles, technologies and tools of engineering combined with broad exposure to the ever-expanding modern practice of biomedicine.
BME is an inherently interdisciplinary department with a diverse and highly collaborative faculty. Research and educational connections throughout the university yield extensive opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and experience to pursue careers in industry, academia, medicine and government.
BME’s educational programs not only deliver a solid theoretical foundation in science and engineering, but also students gain the applied hands-on skills to design and build biomedical devices, instruments and systems.
Acquire the knowledge to contribute to improving health care. Learn how to create better and more cost-effective technologies for prevention, detection and treatment of health-related issues.
Be part of the revolution occurring in biomedicine!
Financial assistance, such as assistantships, traineeships, fellowships and internships, is available according to merit and awarded on a competitive basis after review of the applicants admitted to our program.
Required test(s): Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Recommended GRE Verbal: 143
Recommended GRE Quantitative: 151
Recommended GRE Analytical Writing: 3
International student requirement:
Funding for Masters students is handled on a case-by-case basis.
Students may also be supported by a variety of fellowships and awards, many of which are listed by the Graduate College. The University of Arizona Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid also provides financial aid information.
We currently admit students to begin our program in Fall only. Applications are only accepted between October 1st and March 1st. All application materials must be submitted by December 1 of the year preceding entrance for international applicants, and March 1st of the entrance year for domestic applicants.
Complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate credit including the following courses:(a) three Biomedical Engineering core courses (BME 510, 511, 517); (b) one Biomedical Engineering focus area course (BME 516, 561, 566, 577, 586); (c) two units of BME seminar/student forum; (d) one unit of Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (lab rotations); (e) nine units in graduate engineering, life or physical sciences, or mathematics courses (which can include one additional unit of Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering, or up to two additional units of BME seminar/student forum); and (f) six units of BME Thesis. A final thesis defense is required. The units of (e) will focus on the student’s biomedical engineering research interests such that the courses complement and broaden the student’s undergraduate degree and provide the student with the skills necessary to complete the research. The courses will be established in consultation with the student’s mentor and Thesis committee. The courses chosen should be based on the student’s area of specialization. A high level of performance is expected of students who are enrolled in graduate programs at The University of Arizona. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 (letter grade of B) or better to continue enrollment in the degree-granting program, receive financial support, and to be awarded an M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
In some cases, certain degree requirements may be waived if equivalent course work has been completed previously. Please see Graduate College policies for transferring credits. Once Graduate College policies have been followed, the BME Graduate Studies Committee will review requests and make decisions about course acceptance. Please contact the BME Graduate Advisor for more information.
The BME MS program does not require that students complete a minor.