Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.M.E.) Program

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Catalog
UAB Graduate Catalog

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is a researched-based degree that prepares students for entry into the doctoral program, biomedical industry, or professional school. Primary research areas are biomedical imaging, biomedical implants and devices, cardiac electrophysiology, multiscale computational modeling, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Other research opportunities are available through our ongoing collaborations with the UAB Medical and Dental schools. With the terminal degree, employment is usually found in health-care delivery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biomedical imaging, instrumentation, medical sales and marketing, regulatory agencies, or computer application groups.

Additionally, BME now offers a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering with a Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.  This represents a unique graduate training program featuring collaboration between BME and the UAB School of Business.  Biomedical engineering principles are blended with business-model planning in an effort to equip students to not only become scientists and researchers, but also capable business professionals. BME students partner with Business students pursuing an M.B.A. to turn biomedical devices into commercial successes that are marketed worldwide. They will participate in the Invention to Innovation (i2i) activities, in which they will pitch their start-up companies and enter business plan competition with the Alabama Launchpad (http://www.alabamalaunchpad.com/).  In addition to the BME course and thesis requirements, students in the M.S.B.M.E. with a Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship will take 12 credit hours of M.B.A. coursework, including MBA 681: Idea to IPO; MBA 673: Technology-based Venture Planning; MBA 690: Managing Innovation; and MBA 691: The i2i Entrepreneur Accelerator Directed Independent Study.

ADMISSION
picture_collageFor admission to the program, a student should have earned a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, engineering or a closely-related field. Students with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, or mathematics will also be considered for admission; however, such students must demonstrate competence in engineering areas usually found in an undergraduate engineering curriculum. In some cases, preparatory courses in engineering may be required, with specific recommendations made by the BME Graduate Program Committee.

Admission is competitive, and successful applicants (both international and domestic) will usually present scores of at least 156 on the verbal and at least 159 on the quantitative sections of the GRE General Test. Typical students have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater and have participated in at least one research project while an undergraduate (e.g., laboratory research, senior design). Additionally, international students should present a score of at least 90 on the TOEFL or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS.  

Graduate Students are admitted in the fall semester of each year. Applications should be submitted via the Graduate School through ApplyYourself at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=uab-grad. For admission in Fall 2014, the deadline for all application materials to be received in the Graduate School is February 1, 2014.

REQUIREMENTS
The Master’s degree requires a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate coursework beyond the Bachelor’s.

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BME 517— Engineering Analysis

BST 621—Statistical Methods I

BME 670— Quantitative Physiology

BME 601—three 1-hour Departmental seminar courses

Additional coursework is a combination of graduate level life sciences and bioengineering courses to provide the in-depth knowledge of quantitative methods and human physiology necessary to succeed in completion of the thesis research. The majority of students carry out research leading to a thesis (Plan I option).

Each student is expected to present their research at a scientific or technical conference. Publication of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript is required for graduation from the MSBME program. Master’s students must register for at least 6 semester hours of BME 699 (thesis research) and successfully defend a thesis based on their research.