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Biomedical Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

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. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Biomedical Engineering -

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.

Gain the Skills to Improve Health Care

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!

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Andrea Anduaga
Graduate Program Coordinator
Andrea Anduaga
Director of Graduate Studies
Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  1. Official transcripts of current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Our Institution Code is 4832, and Department Code is 1603. Only the general GRE scores are necessary, and we recommend a minimum of 143 verbal, 151 quantitative, and a 3 on the analytical writing section.
  2. A 1-2 page essay or statement of purpose describing your background, research interests and career goals. Include in your statement any information pertinent to your research experience, whether in course work, special projects or employment. Please explain why you want to obtain a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and what, specifically, led you to apply to our graduate program. Please upload via GradApp portal.
  3. Minimum of three letters of recommendation from former professors or individuals knowledgeable about your academic and scientific abilities. Students may submit/request additional recommendation letters if desired. Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via the Grad App portal.
  4. For initial application, Unofficial College transcripts required. If accepted into program, Official Transcripts will be required prior to matriculation. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, or quantitative life sciences for admission into the program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Previous coursework including two courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and at least one course in life science is required. Applicants lacking in some area at the time of application may provide a plan to gain competence in these areas.
  5. If you are an International Student from a non-English speaking country, please upload most recent official TOEFL® score report. English Proficiency: Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our English Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test. The University of Arizona's institution code for sending official electronic score reports from ETS is 4832. Common English Proficiency credentials: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6. Additional acceptable English Proficiency credentials can be found here:

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.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Recommended GRE Verbal143
Recommended GRE Quantitative151
Recommended GRE Analytical Writing3

International student requirement:

Minimum TOEFL79 iBT OR Minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 7, with no subject area below a 6

Financial Aid

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.


Admissions Deadlines

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.

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: March 1st - Deadline for receipt of all completed applications

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st -  Deadline for receipt of all completed applications
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Master of Science Requirements

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.

Transfer Credits

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.

Minor Requirements

The BME MS program does not require that students complete a minor.


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Last revised 20 Dec 2018