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, 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 below.

  • 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 6605 (3) Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II

Additional Required Courses

GMS 6440 (3) Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410 (3) Engineering Physiology
BME 6000 (3) Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 (3) Biomedical Engineering II

Students may either opt for the General Track OR 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 Advisors:

PHA 6146  Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) - 3 credits
PHA 6119  Micro-Nano Drug Delivery Systems (Online) - 3 credits
PHA 6118  Nanomaterials, BioMEMS and Nanodevices in Medicine (Online) - 3 credits
PHA 6147  Nanotechnology and Risk Management (Online) - 3 credits
PHA 6148  Nanoformulations and Nanopharmaceuticals (Online) - 3 credits
PHA 6xxx  Additional course in Pharmacy (Online) - 3 credits

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.

Please refer to the USF Catalog for full degree requirements.