Masters Program Resources

Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.)

Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary Major that combines engineering and the medical sciences. The student
works with an advisor to develop a graduate Major that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, and
the life sciences. Current active areas of research include: biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, neuroengineering,
tissue engineering, sensors, cellular-level drug delivery, and rehabilitation engineering. In addition to USF Health,
participating institutions include the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Florida Orthopedics Institute, and
Tampa General Hospital. For more information, please contact the BME Major Advisor..

Admissions Information

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • GRE with preferred Minimum scores of Quantitative >75%and Analytical Writing 4 or >;
  • An undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science;
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total);
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; and
  •  A statement of purpose
  • CV/ Resume
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English.
    See the Admissions Policy section of the Graduate Catalog for approved ways of demonstrating proficiency.

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

Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available at the M.S. level.

Core Requirements

GMS 6440 (3) Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410 (3) Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 (3) Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II
BME 6000 (3) Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 (3) Biomedical Engineering II

Students may either opt for the General Track of the Concentration in Pharmacy, completing 15 hours as noted:

General Track Electives – 15 hours
Students select from additional approved courses to complete the 30 hour requirement. A minimum of 16 hours must be
at the 6000 level. In addition, all of the elective courses must consist of engineering-prefix courses, although the Thesis
Committee (thesis option) or the BME Major Advisor (non-thesis option) may approve courses in relevant areas such as
chemistry, physics, pharmacy, communications sciences & disorders ,public health or medicine, in their place.

Concentration in Pharmacy (PRMY)– 15 hours
Students may select from the following options, or other pharmacy courses, as approved by their Pharmacy and BME

PHA 6140 3 Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online)
PHA 6116 3 Micro-Nano Drug Delivery Systems (Online)
PHA 6118 3 Nanomaterials and BioMEMS (Online)
PHA 6147 3 Nanotechnology and Risk Management (Online)
PHA 6148 3 Nanoformulations and Nanopharmaceutics (Online)
PHA 6xxx 3 Selected Topics: Introduction to Personalized medicine (Online)

Thesis Option
Thesis option students can count up to six hours of thesis research towards the elective requirements

Comprehensive Exam
Students in the non-thesis track will complete a comprehensive exam. For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral
defense serve as the comprehensive exam.