2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, MSBME

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 several focus area options in Biomaterials, Medical Imaging, Medical Devices, Neuroengineering, and Biomedical Systems Engineering.

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the MSBME program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of  at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale). International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550/213 or an IELTS score of at least 6. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Obtain depth in one area of specialization and breadth in complimentary areas.
  • Acquire scientific knowledge and research skills to solve problems in their chosen area.
  • Prepare for an advanced professional career or further graduate studies.


Students have access to a variety of computing platforms: general purpose software for analysis of data, software development and modeling of systems; application-specific software for use within focused areas of instruction and research. 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 Imaging Lab, 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 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. Completion of BME 6010 (1 credit hour) Ethics and Academic Integrity.
  3. At least 18 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be BME program-specific courses numbered 6000 or above.
  4. At least 12 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be BIE department courses numbered 7000 or above.
  5. At least 6 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be approved courses in mathematics, statistics, or computer science.
  6. A maximum of 4 credit hours of independent study may count toward the degree requirement of 30 graduate credit hours.  
  7. Students may choose a thesis option, a hybrid non-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 7950, Thesis, may count toward the degree requirement of 30 graduate credit hours.  The hybrid non-thesis research option consists of two to three skills-based projects of 2-3 credit hours each.  Up to 6 credit hours of 7930, Non-Thesis Research, may count toward the degree requirement of 30 credit hours. 

Dept Core and Electives

I. Mathematics: Min. 6 Hours

II. Department Courses: Min. 12 Hours

III. Program Courses: Min. 18 Hours

BME 6000-7999; EGR 7020  ; EGR 7050  

IV. Non-Thesis Research Option: Max 6 Hours

2-3 credit hours per semester for 2-3 semesters

V. Thesis Option: Max 8 Hours

VI. Ethics and Academic Integrity: 1 Hours

Total: 30 Hours

Research/Areas of Expertise:

Research in biomedical engineering currently encompasses four main areas: medical imaging, tissue engineering, nanomedicine and biomechanical engineering. Quantitative imaging of diseases and the brain function in preclinical and clinical settings, with multi-modal imaging-guided intervention and therapy optimization. Particular focus of imaging techniques is multi-spectral diffuse optical imaging, fluorescence tomography and photoacoustic imaging. 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.