Are you planning on applying to graduate school once you get your degree? The fast-track master's program is a combined bachelor/master's degree plan that will accelerate your completion of the BME master’s degree (Plan I, with thesis). Students eligible for this program typically have significant research experience prior to their junior year.


To be considered for this program you must:

  • have junior level standing (completed more than 60 hours of college coursework)
  • have completed at least three junior-level required BME courses
  • have an overall UAB GPA greater than 3.50
  • submit an application with a personal statement and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which comes from the undergraduate research advisor
  • have identified a thesis advisor and research topic for the MS research
Pictures showing the progression of a fractured bone and the medical implants used to heal it.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the UAB Graduate School online application form by January 15. Applications will be evaluated by the BME Graduate Program Committee.

Student demonstrates his design and evaluation of a Shoe-Sock Interface to be used in a Post-Stroke Gait Training Application. A student demonstrating his design and evaluation of a Shoe-Sock Interface to be used in a Post-Stroke Gait Training Application at the BME Research Symposium Poster Session.


You can take graduate courses while completing your undergraduate degree, with the permission of the course instructor. Graduate coursework can be counted towards the bachelor’s or master’s degree, but not both. Typically any graduate credits you complete are used to satisfy Master’s requirements.

You will be subject to the same coursework, seminar, publication, and research quality requirements as other Master's students. Your thesis committee must have at least one member who is a primary faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering department.


Information about the timing of coursework, research, and required milestones are available on the program timeline.

Policy and Procedures

Learn more about Fifth Year policies and procedures on the School of Engineering website.

PhD Program

Fifth year master's students are admitted to the BME Ph.D. program the same way as other BME master's students — completing all MS requirements and earning the support of your thesis committee.