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Online MS Biomedical Engineering Degrees

by Debra Kraft

A master’s degree in biomedical engineering prepares engineers and researchers with the knowledge and skill sets needed to work with equipment and devices used in medical diagnoses and treatment. Examples of biomedical technologies include cardiovascular imaging systems, MRI systems and artificial organs. Online programs are offered by a variety of universities, with delivery methods including self-paced streaming video, real-time webcam video and interactive boards. Students must have reliable access to working computers with high-speed Internet access that are equipped with hardware and software as specified by the admitting college.

Purdue University

Purdue University has an online master's degree program developed specifically to help working engineers build upon knowledge gained both on the job and through undergraduate studies. This program applies to engineers working in biomedical engineering, bioengineering or biotechnology. Most courses are provided either through streaming video or downloadable video files. In addition to the core courses, students must take coursework in regulatory compliance and ethics. While no thesis is required, a total of 30 credit hours are needed for graduation.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University also offers a 30-credit-hour online master's degree in biomedical engineering. Students study the structure and function of biomaterials, mechanical design, data analysis and biomedical engineering. Courses are designed to cover core and foundational education in biomedical engineering and advanced mathematics. Students applying for admission must have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution, maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average in engineering or life science classes.

Rutgers University

Rutgers University offers a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, or BME. The Rutgers program targets engineers working in tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery and other areas of biomedical research. Coursework covers biomaterials, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, biomedical imaging and nanosystem bioengineering. Course delivery includes real-time, interactive sessions with live webcam video. Students applying for admission must provide GRE or TOEFL exam results, official transcripts from accredited undergraduate programs, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for graduation.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California offers an online Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering in a 2-year program. Graduation requirements include 28 credit hours plus a thesis or additional coursework, with a minimum acceptable grade point average of 3.0. Courses are delivered as blended learning through studio classrooms with both in-seat and online students attending. Admission requirements include GRE or TOEFL exam results, official transcripts sealed by the issuing institution, three letters of recommendation from former faculty or professionals in the field written on official letterhead and a statement of purpose from the prospective student.

About the Author

A careers content writer, Debra Kraft is a former English teacher whose 25-plus year corporate career includes training and mentoring. She holds a senior management position with a global automotive supplier and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. Her areas of expertise include quality auditing, corporate compliance, Lean, ERP and IT business analysis.

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