Oct 01, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, M.S.B.E.

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College of Engineering  
Department: Medical Engineering 


  • Pharmacy
Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  
Also offered as a Concurrent Degrees  


Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary major that combines engineering and the medical sciences. M.S.B.E. students at the University of South Florida work with a graduate advisor to design an individual training plan that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, pharmacy, business, and the life sciences. Graduates are trained to solve complex problems in areas such as artificial organs, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors and instrumentation, computational modeling, drug development and targeting, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience, prosthetic devices, and regenerative medicine.

The M.S.B.E. program capitalizes on USF’s strengths in Engineering and in the Health Sciences and collaborations with affiliate institutions, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital, to develop and commercialize new technologies that spawn growth of biomedical companies throughout the region and catalyze scientific discoveries that lead to better health care and improved quality of life. 

Students in the Major may choose to  specialize in one of several nationally-recognized areas of biomedical engineering strength at USF, including:

•    Biomedical Imaging
•    Bioelectronics
•    Cell and Tissue Engineering
•    Molecular Medicine
•    Drug and Gene Delivery
•    Neuroengineering
•    Rehabilitation Engineering

Major Research Areas: Biomedical Imaging, Bioelectronics, Cellular-level drug discovery and Tissue Engineering, Molecular Medicine, Drug and Gene Delivery

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or equivalent
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores:
    • Quantitative > 75th percentile
    • Verbal > 50th percentile
    • Analytical Writing 4.0 or better;
  • Statement of purpose and CV
  • Two (2) letters of reference 

Note: Exceptionally qualified students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines may be admitted into the BME M.S. Major on a case-by-case evaluation of their credentials.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

  • Core Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours
  • Electives or Concentration - 15 Credit Hours
  • Thesis Option - 6 Credit Hours (may apply towards electives)

The M.S. in Biomedical Engineering program has a non-thesis (coursework only) track for students who seek advanced education in medical science and technology development and a thesis track for students who also want to participate in a supervised research project.

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Additional Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Electives or Concentration (15 Credit Hours)

Students complete either 15 credit hours of electives, or the Concentration.

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Students are required to take fifteen (15) credit hours of any combination of coruses from the list below or non-BME courses approved by the Graduate Director.

Concentration in Pharmacy (15 Credit Hours)

Students may pursue a Concentration in Pharmacy by taking at least fifteen (15) credit hours from the courses listed below or other pharmacy courses approved by the Pharmacy advisor and BME graduate program coordinator. Completion of the concentration fulfills 15 credit hours of the elective requirement.

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours)

Students pursuing a master’s thesis can count up to six (6) hours of thesis research towards the elective requirement.  Students must have an approved Master’s committee for registration.

Comprehensive Exam

Students in the non-thesis track must pass a written Comprehensive Examination in their final semester of the master’s program. The exam is evaluated by a department faculty member. Poor performance based on faculty judgment will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam, which is evaluated by a different faculty member. Students who fail the Comprehensive Examination the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a master’s degree. 

For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral defense serve as the Comprehensive Examination and the thesis committee serve as the assessment body. Poor performance based on the judgment of the committee will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the exam the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a master’s degree.

Continuation to the Ph.D. Program

Students who wish to continue on for a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (or other discipline) must apply for Ph.D. admission through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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