Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MS-BME)​​​​

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis are provided a rigorous scientific education, led by our expert faculty, that prepares them for work in the industry or advanced study.

All students wishing to pursue a master's degree in biomedical engineering must apply to and be admitted into the program. All admitted doctoral biomedical engineering students are allowed to pursue a master's, but must formally register their intent with Angela Bell, master’s studies coordinator, at abell@wustl.edu.

Candidates for the master's program must accumulate a total of 30 graduate course credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. Only six of the 30 graduate course credits may be transferred from another university. There are two degree options available to admitted master's students: thesis and non-thesis.

Thesis Option

For this option, a minimum of 24 graduate credits is required, with the balance being thesis research. The courses must fulfill the core curriculum requirement.

The remainder of the credits taken is generally determined by the student's research interests. Upon completion of the thesis, candidates must pass an oral defense conducted by their thesis committee. This will consist of a public presentation followed by questions from the committee. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better to receive the degree.

Each student needs to complete the Title, Scope and Procedure form.

Non-thesis Option

Candidates must accumulate a total of 30 graduate credits, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better and satisfy the core curriculum requirements. The balance of the course credits should be selected to reflect a specialization in a research area.

Core Requirements

All master's students must complete the core curriculum, which consists of the following courses from the approved lists:
  • Two graduate-level courses in life sciences
  • One graduate-level course in mathematics
  • One graduate-level course in computer science
  • Three BME courses
Lists of current courses satisfying the core curriculum can be found on the approved courses web page and in the booklet Policies and Regulations Governing Graduate Students. Contact the director of master's studies if you are unsure if a course will count towards your core curriculum. Graduate-level courses given by other departments and schools may be substituted for courses in this list with the permission of the director of master's studies. Complete the Title Scope and Procedure form prior to enrollment into BME 599: Masters Research.

Seminars

Students should register for BME 501: Graduate Seminar each semester and visit the School of Engineering calendar or the Seminar Series web page to find out who is speaking. Record all outside seminars and make sure you print your name on the sign-in sheet for BME seminars.

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Contact

Dennis Barbour, MD, PhD
Director of Master's Studies
dbarbour@wustl.edu

2018-19 Policies and Regulations Governing Master's Students (.pdf)

Select the Policies and Regulations Governing Graduate Students for the year you entered the master's program.

international students

Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for questions about starting your program at WashU.

Get Connected

LinkedIn Group: Biomedical Engineering - Washington University in St. Louis

Note: This group is exclusively for WashU BME alumni and students.