The BME Department offers an Accelerated Master's of Science program for exceptional students enrolled at the University of Arizona for both their bachelor's and master's degrees. Students obtain their B.S. and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. The M.S. is completed in one year beyond the B.S degree. Students in BME or similar Engineering or Life Sciences majors are encouraged to apply. (Please check with your undergrad major to ensure use of units will apply to degree)
General requirements for Accelerated Master's Programs are set by the office of Academic Affairs, and can be found here.
Most importantly, the Accelerated Master’s Program is not designed to accelerate progress towards a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering. The intent of the AMP is to provide students with a terminal M.S. degree that they can then use to accelerate their careers in industry or medical research institutions. The AMP program is not a stepping-stone for obtaining a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree within 7 years, which is an unlikely scenario within our program. Students who are interested in a Ph.D. degree should consider the Ph.D. program rather than the AMP, as only the units taken after Bachelor's degree is awarded can be used toward Ph.D total unit requirement.
Qualified students apply to the program nominally in the second semester of their junior year (i.e. with two full semesters remaining in their undergraduate program).
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!
College of Engineering
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Admission to the BME Accelerated MS program is a selective process. Our Admissions Committee does a holistic review of all of the following materials.
Admissions materials needed:
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.
Specific AMP expectations:
1. Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA.
3. Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits at The University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
4. Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
5. Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.
6. Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
7. Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not a requirement of the BME AMP.
Financial support from the program is not normally provided to students in the Accelerated Masters Program. Students are encouraged to obtain a relevant position at UA or industry that can provide the experience necessary for the master's thesis or report. Such positions may be paid or students can obtain course credit (e.g. industrial/clinical internship BME 693). Due to the accelerated nature of the program, outside employment not related to the masters thesis or report is strongly discouraged.
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.
The BME Graduate Program also encourages individual students to seek supplementary Predoctoral Fellowship funding. This provides the student with an opportunity to develop grant-writing skills and permits the student to supplement the stipend.
Qualified students apply to the program in the second semester of their junior year (i.e., with two full semesters remaining in their undergraduate program). The application deadline is June 1st for students who expect to graduate in May of the following year.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Students complete 12 units of advanced courses in their senior year, which apply toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. After completing bachelor's degree requirements with grades of "B" or better in all courses, students are granted graduate status and enter the master's program.
Students may choose to complete a master's thesis or master's report. Students may find that the report, which does not require original laboratory research, is more compatible with the accelerated nature of this program, but a thesis is encouraged if appropriate.
Complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate credit.
BME 510 (3) – Biology for Biomedical Engineering
BME 511 (3) – Physiology for Biomedical Engineering
BME 517 (3) – Measurement and Data Analysis in Biomedical Engineering OR BME 547 (3) – Sensors and Controls
Choose at least one (3 units total) out of the following:
BME 516 (3) – Biomedical Imaging
BME 561 (3) – Biological and Synthetic Materials
BME 566 (3) – Biomechanical Engineering
BME 577 (3) – Intro to Biomedical Informatics
BME 586 (3) – Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions
BME 696A Seminar/696C Forum (1)
(2 units required; taken in 2nd year of AMP)
BME 597G Rotation (1)
Graduate Coursework (9 units) – List:
Level 500+ courses, dependent on approval of mentor and Graduate Studies Committee. This may include BME or non-BME graduate courses.
BME 585 (3) - Nanotechnology for BME
MCB 582 (3) - Modeling Human Disease
BIOS 576A (3) - Biostatistics for Research
BME 910 Thesis (6 units) or BME 909 Master’s Report (3 units) and additional coursework (3 units)
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)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: