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Department of Biomedical Engineering

M.S. and combined degree program

The Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 SHUs earned through the completion of ten approved courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. At least two of these courses must be chosen from the list of core courses below.

All MS students are admitted to the non-thesis Master's degree program. Students who wish to complete a master's thesis must first pass the original research proposal course (BME299-ORP), and only then may register for 9 SHUs of MS thesis.

Core Courses – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Course Course Name Brief Description
Fall
BME 250
(3 SHUs)
Principles of Biomedical Engineering The role of biomedical engineering in the diagnosis and treatment of various pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders.
BME 141
(3 SHUs)
Analytical Tools of Biomedical Engineering Statistical methods of data analysis with emphasis upon biomedical applications.
Spring
BME 162
(3 SHUs)
Molecular Biotechnology Overview of key aspects of molecular biology and engineering aspects of biotechnology. Topics include molecular biology, recombinant DNA techniques, immunology, cell biology, protein purification, fermentation, cell culture, combinatorial methods, bioethics, and bioinformatics.

Requirements include:

  • Master of Science
    • 2 of the three core courses listed above (6 SHUs)
    • 1 Professional development (Engineering Management) course (3 SHUs)
    • 7 BME electives (21 SHUs)
      • One of the electives may be the BME 299-01 project course
  • Master of Science with thesis
    • 2 of the three core courses listed above (6 SHUs)
    • 3 BME electives (9 SHUs)
    • 1 additional elective course approved by advisor (3 SHUs)
    • BME 299-ORP (Original Research Presentation) course (3 SHUs)
    • Master's Thesis - research committee meetings and thesis defense (9 SHUs)

Additional program details are provided in the BME Graduate Handbook, which is revised at the beginning of each academic year.

Combined degree
The School of Engineering offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate students the option of pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (B.S./M.S.) as a thesis or non-thesis program. Tufts students receive a tuition scholarship, and it is possible to receive an additional scholarship for submitting GRE scores. Students who meet the financial guidelines to qualify as low-income can also apply for the NSF FAST-TRAC scholarship award program. Learn more.

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