MS Biomedical Engineering

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a 21st-century career. The goal of the MS in biomedical engineering program is to provide a foundation in biomedical engineering expertise and a trained workforce of leaders to support economic development, industry, and academia. ECU offers academic programs in engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and business on one campus. Students will be engaged in multidisciplinary research focused on device and equipment design, and the application of innovative, advanced technologies to solve complex problems in the life sciences, medicine, and health care industry.


Two-year program with thesis.

  • 14 semester hours in the Department of Engineering
  • 6 semester hours thesis credit
  • Additional courses selected from the Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology, Kinesiology, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Biostatistics

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Research
  • Life Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Mathematics
  • Thesis
  • Electives

Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement

  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials in Medicine
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Suggested areas of focused study:

  • Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering (Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Biomedical Instrumentation, or Biomedical Signal Processing)
  • Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (Introduction to Tissue Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomedical Instrumentation)
  • Biosensors and Biosignals (Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cardiovascular Electrophysiology)


Apply Now!

Application for admission to the graduate program in biomedical engineering must meet the general requirements of admission set forth by the Graduate School. The graduate admission process and application forms can be found on ECU’s Graduate School website.

A complete graduate application includes an application form, GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation, Personal Statement and Official Transcripts.

Application Deadlines:

Application deadlines for fall admission:

  • March 15 – All applicants to be considered for graduate assistantships
  • April 15 – International applicants
  • June 15 – Domestic applicants

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate study.
The following minimum preparation is recommended:

  • Biology – one semester
  • Mathematics – calculus through differential equations, probability and statistics
  • Physics – two semesters
  • Chemistry – one semester
  • Engineering – one course in basic electrical engineering
  • Engineering – an introductory course in three of the following five areas:
    • materials science or biomaterials
    • mechanics or fluid mechanics
    • transport or heat and/or mass transfer
    • instrumentation
    • systems physiology
  • Engineering research or design experience

Provisional Admission
Applicants may be granted provisional admission if they do not qualify for unconditional admission. Students entering from disciplines other than engineering may find it necessary to take preparatory undergraduate and/or graduate level courses that serve as prerequisites.

MS in Biomedical Engineering FAQs (pdf)


Dr. Barbara Muller-Borer

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam

Dr. Ricky Castles

Dr. Stephanie George

Dr. Colleen Janeiro

Dr. Sunghan Kim, Program Coordinator

Dr. Loren Limberis

Dr. Teresa Ryan

Dr. Alex Vadati

Dr. Jason Yao

Dr. Zhen Zhu

Accelerated Bachelor’s/MS in Biomedical Engineering

The integrated bachelor’s/master’s program is intended for outstanding engineering undergraduate students. Graduate student course work begins in the students’ fourth year of undergraduate study and is completed with one academic year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Students are expected to apply to the program during the fall semester of their junior year. Minimum requirements for students applying to the integrated bachelor’s/master’s program:

  1. Completed graduate school application. Application requirements, include GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation, Personal Statement and Official Transcript.
  2. Minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of admission and entry to the program.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 81 eligible undergraduate credit hours.
  4. Currently working with or have research experience with a thesis advisor.

Graduate Program Handbook (pdf)
Pre-Thesis or Dissertation Research Approval Form (download)
MS Thesis Proposal Evaluation Rubric (pdf)
Oral and Written Thesis Evaluation Forms (download)

For additional information please contact CET Graduate Advising via email.