M.S.E. Program

close up of male student working in labAn M.S.E. degree is a good option for students wishing to prepare for industry or who are unsure about a committing to a Ph.D. program. M.S.E. students take a number of technical courses and thesis writing courses depending on their degree goal. In addition, the two department seminar courses are highly recommended but not required.

Financial support for M.S.E. students is not guaranteed. In some cases M.S.E. thesis candidates may receive support via Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Research Assistantship, depending upon arrangements with their thesis advisor.

M.S.E. with Thesis Requirements

To obtain an M.S.E. degree, with a thesis, 24 credit hours of technical coursework and six hours of thesis are required, where18 of the 24 technical coursework credit hours must be graduate level for a letter grade. The other six credit hours may be either upper division for a letter grade or graduate level for credit/no credit. Of the technical graduate coursework, five courses (three-credit hour, 15 credits total) MUST be as follows:

  • A graduate-level course in the biological or clinical sciences.
  • A graduate-level course in basic or applied mathematics: a course in statistics is encouraged to meet this requirement, but another mathematics topic may be approved in some circumstances.
  • Students must take a course from three of the four technical areas below:
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #1.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #2.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #3.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #4.

6 credit hours of thesis research: BME 698A & 698B

M.S.E. with Coursework (No Thesis) Requirements

To obtain an M.S.E. degree with no thesis, 30 credit hours of technical coursework are required, where 24 of the 30 credit hours must be graduate level for a letter grade. The other six credit hours may be either upper division for a letter grade or gaduate level for credit/no credit. Of the technical graduate coursework, five courses (three credits each, 15 credits total) MUST be as follows:

  • A graduate-level course in the biological or clinical sciences.
  • A graduate-level course in basic or applied mathematics: a course in statistics is encouraged to meet this requirement, but another mathematics topic may be approved in some circumstances.
  • Students must take a course from three of the four technical areas below:
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #1.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #2.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #3.
    • A graduate-level course in technical area #4.

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Lacy White, Graduate Coordinator

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Andrew Dunn, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor, Professor


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