Master of Science

The Master of Science program in biomedical engineering is designed as a two-year program that culminates with a master’s thesis or master’s report. During the first year, master’s students will establish a foundation in advanced biomedical engineering subjects with BME core courses, and will rotate through one or more faculty laboratories to identify the best match for their research interests. In the second year, students take additional courses appropriate for their area of research and carry out their thesis research.


Master’s students complete a minimum 38 units of graduate credit, including the following:


  1. 15 units of the five biomedical engineering core courses
  2. 3 units minimum of a BME-approved ethics course
  3. 4 units maximum of BME Seminar (offered every semester)
  4. 1 unit of BME 597G: Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (lab rotations)
  5. 9 units in graduate engineering, life or physical sciences, or mathematics courses
  6. 6 units of BME 910: Thesis

The remaining units may be chosen by the student to supplement their plan of study. Students completing a master’s thesis are required to complete a final thesis defense. More specific master’s degree requirements procedures are described in the BME Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).


Funding for master's degree students is handled on a case-by-case basis. Please see BME's Graduate Student Funding page for more information.

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020