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Biomedical Engineering, M.S.


Jointly offered by The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas the Master of Science in Biomedical Engeneering program prepares students for careers requiring skills in research, development, and teaching in a variety of settings in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and in government regulatory agencies.



Students learn the essentials of life science, engineering theory, and the analytical and practical tools that enable them to be successful in the biotechnology and bioengineering industries. The program includes coursework in the basic sciences, core engineering, Bioengineering, and advanced biotechnology disciplines. Both didactic classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory experience are emphasized.

During the first year of their studies, students in the master's program must select a concentration track including:

  • Bioinstrumentation,
  • Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering,
  • Biomechanics,
  • Medical Imaging,
  • Nanomedicine,
  • Nanotechnology,
  • Protein Engineering.

Requirements and Courses

Students in the Thesis Degree plan must take a minimum of 31 credit hours, and students in the Thesis-Substitute Degree plan must take a minimum of 33 credit hours as specified below.

Required Bioengineering

  • One laboratory course in Bioengineering approved by the graduate advisor such as Laboratory Principles (BE 5382) or Tissue Engineering Lab (BE 5365)
  • BE Seminar (BE 5101)


Four courses from the following list consistent with the student's track of study and approval of the Graduate Advisor:

  • Biological Materials, Mechanics, and Processes (BE 5335)
  • Finite Element Applications in Bioengineering (BE 5340)
  • Biosensors and Applications (BE 5345)
  • Modeling and Control of Biological Systems (BE 5350)
  • Digital Control of Biomedical Systems (BE 5351)
  • Digital Processing of Biological Signals (BE 5352)
  • Design and Application of Artificial Organs (BE 5360)
  • Thermoregulation and Bioheat Transfer (BE 5362)
  • Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility (BE 5361)
  • Introduction to Orthopedic Mechanics (BE 5331D)
  • Orthopedic Biomaterials (BE 5332D)
  • Tissue Engineering (BE 5364)
  • Tissue Engineering Laboratory (BE 5365)
  • Process Control in Biotechnology (BE 5366)
  • Biomaterial-Living System Interactions (BE 5370)


One course from Bioengineering or other engineering departments, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor

Required Life Sciences

  • Human Physiology (BE 5309D)
  • One other life science course with the approval of the Graduate Advisor

Thesis Plan

Directed Research in Bioengineering (BE 5391), re-enroll as needed; Thesis (BE 5698) at the semester in which the student expects to submit and defend the thesis.

Thesis-Substitute Plan

Master's Comprehensive Examination (BE 5293)

  • Research Project (BE 5390)
  • re-enroll as needed or a minimum of three hours of Biomedical Internship (6395, 6695 or 6995)
  • one 3-hour graduate level course from Bioengineering, life science or engineering with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

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