Masters Degree

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.M.E.)

Program Objectives

The objectives of the M.S.B.M.E. program are to prepare graduates for careers in biomedical engineering practice with government agencies, engineering firms, consulting firms or industries and to provide a foundation for continued study at the post-master’s level.

Admission to Degree Program

Admission into the M.S.B.M.E. program is a two-step process. First, the prospective student must be admitted to graduate standing by the University of Arkansas Graduate School (see “The Graduate School: Objectives, Regulations, Degrees” in this catalog or visit grad.uark.edufor details). Second, the student must be admitted to the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the basis of academic transcripts, standardized test scores, 3 letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Students with a non-engineering degree or a non-ABET-accredited engineering degree must demonstrate completion of the Basic Engineering Education Requirements prior to being admitted.

Important: On April 1st, applicants will be notified if they have received an assistantship for the following Fall semester.

Requirements for M.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering

Both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options are available for the M.S.B.M.E. degree. In general, students pursuing the Thesis Option are supported by research or teaching assistantships and conduct research under the guidance of a Major Adviser. Students pursuing the non-thesis options are typically not sponsored. For either option, all course work must be approved by the student’s Program Advisory Committee. The cumulative grade-point average on all graduate courses presented for the degree must be at least 3.0. No more than six hours of special problems (individual study) courses may count toward the M.S.B.M.E.

A general summary of degree requirements is given below

Thesis Option

24 hours of graduate-level course work, including 12 hours of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Core as identified below, plus 6 hours of research resulting in a written Master’s Thesis. Candidates must pass a comprehensive final examination that will include an oral defense of the Master’s Thesis. The examination is prepared and administered by the student’s Master’s Thesis committee.

Non-Thesis Option

30 hours of graduate-level course work including 12 hours of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Core as identified below.
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Core

  • BMEG 5103 Design and Analysis of Experiments in Biomedical Research
  • BMEG 5203 Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems
  • BMEG 5504 Biomedical Microscopy
  • BMEG 5801 Graduate Seminar I
  • BMEG 5811 Graduate Seminar II