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Master of Science in Bioengineering

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Requirements for the M.S. include course work, a thesis, and a final oral examination. In addition to general rules and regulations, the student must meet the program’s M.S. requirements.

In the first semester, the student selects a track of study, an adviser, and an advisory committee. The advisory committee guides the student’s development through the Plan of Study in the chosen track, helps the student select a topic for research leading to the thesis, and participates in the final oral examination. Should the student’s interests change, the advisory committee membership may be changed accordingly, with the approval of the program’s graduate studies committee.

The student’s advisory committee consists of a minimum of 3 graduate faculty members and is chaired by the student’s adviser. A more detailed description is available on the program's website.

Course Requirements

The M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the B.S. to meet degree requirements.

  • Core Courses (6 hours).
  • Track Courses (18 hours). Students must complete the depth, breadth, and elective courses required in the chosen track (see the program's website for track requirements).
  • Research (6 hours).

Plan of Study

Students are expected to complete a Plan of Study before beginning the second semester of graduate study. To complete a Plan of Study, a student should have identified a research adviser and thesis committee. Students should work with their research advisers to identify an appropriate list of courses that fulfill degree requirements and support the student’s educational and research objectives. A Plan of Study can be completed online. The adviser, committee members, and graduate studies director are asked to approve the Plan of Study. The Plan of Study can be modified later, if needed, with approval of the adviser, committee members, and graduate studies director.

Thesis and Final Examination

The M.S. student is expected to conduct original research, prepare a written thesis detailing the results, and defend the thesis in a final oral examination. The research generally is expected to be of sufficient quality to permit publication in reputable scientific journals. The final oral examination is scheduled when the advisory committee agrees that the research is complete.

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