M.S. Degree Requirements

To be eligible for the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering students must satisfy the following requirements.

Credit Hours

Biomedical Engineering M.S. students must meet the University of Utah Graduate School requirements with a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at the 5000 level or above. A maximum of 9 semester credit hours can be taken as nonmatriculated and a maximum of 6 credit hours can be transferred from another institution. Up to 6 credit hours can be petitioned undergraduate classes. Students must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester to maintain enrollment. The minimum allowable grade for any course counted toward the requirements for your graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering is a B-.

To be eligible for a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, students must complete the biomedical engineering core curriculum or approved substitute courses (at least 13 credit hours) as well as elective courses. A program of study including courses focused within a well-defined area of specialization must be approved by the research supervisory committee and the biomedical engineering Director of Graduate Studies. It is important to consult with your thesis advisor and committee before selecting specific courses.

Research supervisory committee

All M.S. students form a supervisory committee (pdf form) consisting of at least three University of Utah faculty members. The chair of the committee must have a faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and at least two of the committee members must be tenure-track members of the Biomedical Engineering faculty. The advisor and committee must be approved by the Biomedical Engineering Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Thesis Option M.S.

The thesis-option M.S. requires 9 credit hours of thesis research (BME 6970) and submission of a Master of Science Thesis to the Graduate School in the required format. MS students defend their thesis research in a public forum. The public defense is followed by an oral comprehensive examination administered by the thesis committee. Copies of the thesis must be given to the advisor, each member of the supervisory committee and to the biomedical engineering graduate program coordinator at least two weeks prior to the defense. The committee can pass the candidate, pass the candidate contingent upon the candidate’s successfully responding to issues raised at the defense, or fail the candidate. M.S. candidates are given two opportunities to pass the defense and to pass the oral comprehensive exam.

Course Option M.S.

The course-option M.S. requires completion of at least 9 credit hours of advanced courses within a Biomedical Engineering track specialization (in lieu of a thesis). To demonstrate depth of knowledge within the field, the course-option M.S. also requires students to pass an oral exam administered by the M.S. supervisory committee or the written portion of the Ph.D. qualifying examination. For the course-option M.S., the chair of the supervisory committee is the Biomedical Engineering track specialization advisor and the other two committee members are tenure-track Biomedical Engineering faculty members.

MS-MBA Dual Degree Program

A combined MS and MBA degree program is available. Follow this link for more information.