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BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BME) utilizes engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, with an eye towards improvement in health care.  New and innovative solutions to today’s health challenges is increasingly requiring advanced and more in-depth study that graduate education can provide. The students in the MS in BME program will advance their technical knowledge in the discipline of BME through four required core courses.  The MS in BME program allows students to take elective courses in their areas of interest from defined concentrations or coursework across different concentrations.  Students will also develop their ability and skills for performing independent research and development of communication skills through the completion of a thesis.

The overall academic objectives of the MS in BME program are to ensure that students have:

  1. The technical knowledge in the disicpoine of biomedical engineering and the professional skills to secure employment
  2. The knowledge and academic background necessary to be accepted into advanced degree programs
  3. The ability to communicate effectively via technical papers and presentations

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements to the MS in BME program include:

  • A bachelor's degree in a discipline relevant to BME
  • Transcript from each institution attended
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.000
  • Statement of purpose including a section on research interests
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency examination for international applicants who have not studied at an English speaking University: TOEFL or other University approved examination

Applicants may request a waiver of some of the above requirements for admission if sufficient evidence is provided to the BME Graduate Admissions Committee for review.  Students entering the MS in BME program are expected to have already completed the following courses or their equivalents: Biology I, Anatomy and Physiology, General Chemistry (Chemistry I and II), Physics I, Math (Calculus I and II, Differential Equations), Circuits, Thermodynamics, Statics, Statistics, and programming.  If prior coursework deficiencies exist, a student may be admitted on a conditional basis.  It is recommended that as much of the deficient coursework as possible be completed prior to beginning graduate study.

For further information regarding admisions to the MS in Biomedical Engineering program, contact the BME Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Anil Mahapatro, at 316-978-5912 or anil.mahapatro@wichita.edu.  

Degree Requirements

The MS in BME requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 12 credit hours of required core BME courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses, 6 credit hours of a required Masters thesis, and a 0 credit hour seminar each semester.  

1. Required Courses 

  • BME 738 Bioimaging (3 hrs)
  • BME 752 Applied Human Biomechanics (3 hrs)
  • BME 748 Molecular and Cellular Engineering (3 hrs)
  • BME 777 Biodegradable Materials (3 hrs)
  • BME 876 Masters Thesis (6 hrs) - a final oral examination is required

2. Elective Courses 

Students need 12 credit hours of elective courses, which can be selected from within a chosen concentration or across concentrations (see concentrations below).  Elective courses must be selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor.  If a student desires to have expertise in a specific concentration, a minimum of two courses for the selected concentration must be completed.

Concentration Courses
Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

BME 779 Tissue Engineering
ME 762 Polymeric Composite Materials
ME 728 Advanced Electronic Materials
ME 865 Corrosion Science Engineering
ME 672 Manufacturing of Composites
IME 778 Machining of Composites
ME 844 Advanced Biomaterials

Molecular & Cell Bioengineering

BME 743 Mechanobiology of Cells and Tissue
BIOL 640G Topics in Neurobiology
BIOL 760 Experimental Molecular Biology
BIOL 780 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 730 Cancer Biology
BIOL 773 Statistical Applications in Biology

Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Engineering BME 757 Clinical Biomechanics Instrumentation
ME 709 Injury Biomechanics
IME 549 Industrial Ergonomics
IME 749 Ergonomics Assessment Methods
IME 759 Ergonomics Interventions
EE 782 Digital Signal Processing
IME 724 Statistical Methods for Engineers
HPS 790 Applied Exercise Physiology
HPS 795 Physiology of Athletic Performance
PT 858 Prosthetics and Orthotics
Bio-Computational Modeling & Devices BME 735 Bio-computational Modeling
ME 729 Computer-Aided Analysis of Mech Systems
ME 859 Introduction to Molecular Simulations
IME 877 Foundations of Neural Networks
AE 719 Introducion to Computational Fluid Dynamics
EE 782 Digital Signal Processing
Innovation & Translational Biomedical Engineering ENTR 868 Business Plan Development
ENTR 805 Technology Entrepreneurship
ENTR 806 New Product Development
IME 740 Analysis of Decision Processes
IME 767 Lean Manufacturing
IME 854 Quality Engineering
IME 780V Rapid Prototyping & Product Development
MKT 601 International Marketing


3. Plan of Study

The Plan of Study (POS) is a tailored schedule of academic work, which must be approved by the students advisor and the Graduate School.  The POS must be submitted during the first semester of enrollment, where at least 60% of the credit hours must be from 700-level courses or higher.  

4. Professional and Scholarly Integrity Training

As required by the Wichita State University Graduate School, students must successfully complete the Professional and Scholarly Integrity Training (PSIT), preferably during the first semester in the program. To satisfy the Graduate School PSIT requirement, students in the BME MS program must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training.  More information on registering and completing the CITI training can be found here.  

5.  Accelerated BS to MS Biomedical Engineering Degree

BME undergraduate students interested in pursuing an MS in Biomedical Engineering degree at WSU may be eligible for the Accelerated BS to MS program where up to 9 credit hours may be utilized for both the BS and MS BME degree.  Admission requirements into this program include: 

  • Completion of at least 90 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.000
  • A letter of recommendation from a Biomedical Engineering Department faculty member who will also serve as the students' advisor in the Accelerated BS to MS program

A maximum of 9 credit hours can be taken for graduate credit which may be applied to the BS BME degree.  Eligible courses include (each course is 3 credit hours):

  • BME 722 Introduction to Biorobotics
  • BME 738 Biomedical Imaging
  • BME 743 Mechanobiology of Cells and Tissues
  • BME 748 Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering
  • BME 752 Applied Human Biomechanics
  • BME 757 Clinical Biomechanics Instrumentation
  • BME 777 Biodegradable Materials
  • BME 779 Tissue Engineering
  • ME 709 Injury Biomechanics

Until the BS BME degree is awarded, for each semester in which the student takes courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, a Dual/Accelerated Enrollment form must be completed which identifies the course(s) to be taken for graduate credit.  The Dual/Accelerated Enrollment form must be completed prior to taking any course intended for joint BS-MS credit.  Students must apply to the WSU Graduate School (including the application fee) for admission into this program. 

Application, Tuition and Fees

Interested individuals are invited to contact the WSU Graduate School for the application process and materials.  All applications for the MS in BME program must be made directly to the Graduate School.  Current tuition and fees for graduate study at Wichita State University can be found here.