MS in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The mission of the department is to be a recognized leader in translational biomedical research; to provide hands-on education focused on solving real world biomedical problems; and to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the service of human well being.

The Masters Program is designed to produce graduates who:

  • Are able to solve complex engineering problems and tasks, and use engineering, science and statistics principles to justify recommendations.
  • Are able to evaluate the impact of their work on society, including ethical, economic, global and environmental aspects.
  • Can deliver effective presentations of engineering results in written and oral formats.
  • Have life-long learning skills and are able to apply their engineering knowledge to critically evaluate relevant literature and new technologies or systems.
  • Are effective leaders, capable of working in diverse environments.
  • Are able to apply their engineering education to a variety of career paths.

The MS Biomedical Engineering program has been designed, in consultation with potential employers, to prepare graduates for the wide variety of emerging interdisciplinary careers at the interfaces between engineering and the life sciences. The coursework has been designed to build upon the student’s background in engineering, biology, chemistry or physics.  Students will take courses that uniquely prepare them to function effectively in a Food and Drug Administration-regulated global environment in which they will develop health-related medical products and techniques that improve the quality of life.  Technical elective courses may be taken from the list of electives provided on the department website, with approval of the academic advisor.  The electives, in combination with the required thesis or project research, will enable the student to develop depth in one of the many areas that biomedical engineering encompasses. 

In order to ensure good command of fundamentals and uniformity in the capabilities of the MS Biomedical Engineering program graduates, a list of transition classes has been determined.  Applicants who have not completed all of these classes may be admitted to Conditionally Classified standing, with the outstanding classes listed as “conditions”.  These classes can be taken at SJSU after being admitted; some may be taken at community colleges.  All transition courses classes must be completed before the student’s status can be changed to Classified standing. 

Applicants whose GPA is below 3.0 are also required to take the GRE General Test and obtain a combined score of 315 or higher in the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections, and a score of 3.5 or higher in the Analytical Writing section.

The integrated set of skills and knowledge that span engineering and the biological sciences are expected to enable graduates to become effective engineering professionals and leaders in the biomedical industry, proceed onto PhD. programs and become researchers, or enter medical school and become physicians.