Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.M.E.)
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.edu for 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. Complete details for admission may be obtained in the applicable program section from the Biomedical Engineering website as well as in the BMEG graduate program handbook. A general summary of admission requirements is given below:
- A B.S. or M.S. degree in engineering or engineering equivalent or completion of the minimum admission criteria for non-engineering majors (see below) with a GPA of at least 3.0.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree.
- A GRE score of 302 or above (verbal and quantitative).
- A TOEFL score of at least 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet based). This requirement is waived for applicants whose native language is English or who earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. institution.
- A member of the faculty who is eligible (graduate status of group III or higher) must agree to serve as the Major Adviser to the prospective student.
Important: On April 1st, applicants will be notified if they have received an assistantship for the following Fall semester.
Minimum Admission Criteria for non-Engineering Majors
Prior to gaining admission into the M.S.B.M.E. program, students with a non-engineering degree or a non-ABET-accredited engineering degree must demonstrate completion of the following coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0: 3 courses in Mathematics (selected from Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and/or Differential Equations), 2 courses of university-level Biology, 2 courses of university-level Chemistry, and 2 courses of university-level (calculus-based) Physics. In addition, students will be required to enroll and complete one of the following courses to provide adequate background in Engineering Design (BMEG 2904 Biomedical Instrumentation, BMEG 3634 Biomaterials, BMEG 3124 Biomedical Signals and Systems, or BMEG 3824 Biomolecular Engineering. Students should consult the Graduate Coordinator for a complete list of courses that satisfy the Minimum Admission Criteria.
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. A general summary of degree requirements is given below. More detailed information may be obtained from the Biomedical Engineering website as well as in the BMEG graduate program handbook. Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degrees.
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.
30 hours of graduate-level course work including 12 hours of Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Core as identified below, at least 10 additional hours of graduate-level
classes in Biomedical Engineering. Candidates must pass a comprehensive written final
examination. The examination is prepared and administered by the student's Program
Advisory Committee. All coursework must be at the 5000 level or above unless a request
has been approved to use 4000-level courses for graduate credit.
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
Healthcare Entrepreneurship Concentration
The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Concentration requires 15 additional hours of required courses and 10 additional hours of graduate-level classes in Biomedical Engineering. Candidates must pass a comprehensive written final examination. The examination is prepared and administered by the student's Program Advisory Committee. All coursework must be at the 5000 level or above unless a request has been approved to use 4000-level courses for graduate credit.
Business and Management Fundamentals:
- MGMT 5213 Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs
New Venture Development (The following courses to be taken in one continuous block):
- MGMT 5323 New Venture Development
- MGMT 5313 Strategic Management
- MGMT 5413 New Venture Development II
Public Health Fundamentals (Choose one from below or another relevant course with Program Advisory Committee approval):
- PBHL 5213 Evaluation of Public Health Programs
- PBHL 5533 Theories of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
- PBHL 5563 Public Health: Practices and Planning