2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, MSBME

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Program Description:

The Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME) degree. The MSBME program prepares students to work with living systems, apply advanced technology to complex problems in medical care, and observe how their work directly impacts the delivery of human health care.  The MSBME program is very flexible and has multiple focus area options.

Admissions Requirements:

Typical requirements for admission are based on the following criteria:  

  • GPA
    • At least 2.7 in undergraduate coursework OR
    • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5, with a 3.0 or better in the last 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours earned towards the undergraduate degree.  
    • For students who have previously earned graduate credit, an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, regardless of the undergraduate GPA.    
  • Additional prerequisite coursework may be required if the undergraduate degree is not in engineering.
  • Up to three (3) letters of recommendation may be submitted but are not required.
  • International students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a regionally accredited US college or university must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL score of at least 79/120 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.

Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.

Program Learning Objectives:

Students enrolled in the MSBME program will learn to:

  • Apply techniques and tools for the design and implementation of biomedical systems; 
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms, at a high level of knowledge; 
  • Work in teams.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a result of their learning experiences, students who complete the program can:

  • Apply techniques and tools for the design and implementation of biomedical systems; 
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms, at a high level of knowledge; 
  • Work in teams.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of computer systems, including Sun Microsystems/Oracle servicers, Linux servicers, a Linux based high performance computing cluster, a Linux-based supercomputer, and numerous networked Linux and Windows PCs.  Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET) and Internet2. In addition, each graduate faculty member has a well-equipped research laboratory with a network of heterogeneous computers and peripherals. In various courses and through research with faculty members, students have access to the Bioinstrumentation Lab, the Nanomedical Synthesis and Characterization Lab, the Tissue Culture Facility, the Bioengineering Lab, and the Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Lab.  Please visit  https://engineering-computer-science.wright.edu/biomedical-industrial-and-human-factors-engineering/degrees-and-certificates/master-of-science-in-biomedical-engineering#focus for details. Also, see the section on Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS).

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Program Requirements:

Students must plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The approved program of study must be submitted by the time the student completes 9 credit hours of graduate study. Any changes to the  program of study must be approved in advance by the faculty advisor.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree. Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in more than one category. Requirement categories are not mutually exclusive.   

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by a BIE graduate advisor.
  2. At least 24 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be BIE department courses numbered 6000 or above.
  3. At least 9 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be BIE department courses numbered 7000 or above.
  4. At least 6 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be approved courses in applied mathematics and computations.
  5. A maximum of 4 credit hours of independent study may count toward the degree requirement of 30 graduate credit hours.  
  6. Students may choose a thesis option or a 30 credit hours graduate advanced course work option. The thesis option consists of a research project satisfying all requirements of the Graduate School. The final report (thesis) must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Up to 8 credit hours of BME 7950 Thesis Research in Biomedical Engineering, may count toward the degree requirement of 30 graduate credit hours.  

Dept Core and Electives

I. Mathematics: Min. 6 Hours

  • Department courses with a mathematics or statistics content include IHE 6150  , IHE 7050, IHE 7300  , IHE 7510 , or others as approved. 

II. Department Courses: Min. 24 Hours

  • BME 6000-7999; IHE 6000-7999

III. 7000-Level Coursework: Min. 9 Hours

  • BME 7000-7999; IHE 7000-7999

IV. Thesis Option: Max 8 Hours

Total: 30 Hours

Research/Areas of Expertise:

Research in biomedical engineering currently encompasses the following areas: biomaterials, including tissue engineering and nanomedicine, medical devices, and biomechanical engineering.  Nanomedicine applications in the development of multifunctional nanostructures for cancer detection and treatment, immune system modulation for chronic wound healing, ischemic heart tissue, atherosclerosis and tissue calcification, and tissue engineering using adult stem cells in the development of biomimetic 3D scaffolds and the study of their differentiation using biophysical stimulation in bone, heart and skin.  Biomechanical engineering including orthotic/prosthetic engineering, orthopedic engineering, soft-tissue biomechanics,  and applied biomaterials,. Facilities include laboratories at the university and at area hospitals. The Tissue Engineering core facility, Nanomedicine Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, BioMedical Imaging Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory offer unique opportunities for research projects involving instrumentation, mechanics, and computers applied to medical and industrial-government problems. Graduate students in biomedical engineering work on real-life problems.

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