Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog 
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog

Biomedical Engineering, M.S.

Major Code: 8058 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Graduate
Admission Materials: Letters of recommendation, résumé/CV, objectives, transcripts Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The master’s program in biomedical engineering allows the engineer the opportunity to apply recent technological developments to the solution of current biomedical engineering problems in the areas of biomaterials, biotransport, biomedical instrumentation and biomechanics. Electives in other areas to broaden the student’s exposure are also required. The program emphasizes research and preparation of a thesis associated with this computational or experimental work. Three areas of specialization (biomechanics; biomedical instrumentation, imaging, computation; biomaterials, tissue engineering) enable a student to focus on a particular area of biomedical engineering. Program policies are available in the department office.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering or its equivalent. Applicants with degrees in other fields of engineering, or science or mathematics, may be required to successfully complete preparatory undergraduate coursework before beginning the program. These courses are established by the department head when the student is admitted to the program.

General admission requirements and the application process are presented under Graduate Academic Information .

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is offered with both thesis and nonthesis options. Before completion of 9 credit hours, the student must submit a master’s degree program plan indicating specific courses to be taken. For the thesis option, 6 semester credit hours of BME 5999 Thesis  must be included in the 30-credit-hour requirement. For the nonthesis option, students complete two additional elective courses for a total of 30 credit hours. Students interested in a fast-track program are directed to the College of Engineering and Science .

The thesis option requires completion and successful oral defense of a thesis. A thesis proposal must be approved in advance by the faculty committee. All master’s students partly or fully supported by teaching or research assistantships are required to complete the thesis option. Nonthesis students must pass a final written program examination in the last semester before graduation.


The program offers three areas of specialization (biomechanics; biomedical instrumentation, imaging and computation; and biomaterials and tissue engineering). All areas require 6 semester credit hours of required courses, a 0-credit seminar (taken each semester), and three additional biomedical engineering courses (BME) for a total of 18 credits. The remaining credits consist of 6 credit hours of thesis and 9 credit hours of elective courses (thesis) or 15 credit hours of approved electives (nonthesis) as detailed in the curriculum below.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

Specialization (choose one 9-credit specialization)


Biomedical Instrumentation, Imaging and Computation

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

  • Two courses must be within the student’s area of specialization. A third course must be in a different area of specialization.
  • Two out of three courses must have a BME prefix.

Select One (15 Credit Hours)

Thesis Option

  • credit hours: 6
  • Approved electives credit hours: 9 (6 credits must have BME prefix)

Nonthesis Option

  • Approved electives credit hours: 15

Total Credits Required: 30