Earn Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Bioengineering degrees within five years

Open to current UW Bioengineering students only

UW Bioengineering offers a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Bioengineering (B.S./M.S.) to students who have earned their B.S. from our department. Students generally complete the program within five years. In some cases, the B.S. portion may take longer than four years but the MS portion is strictly limited to one calendar year immediately following completing the B.S.

Students contemplating the B.S./M.S. need an early start in the lab in which they plan to complete the senior capstone project—normally by the beginning of junior year. This early start is necessary to finish a master’s thesis within an additional year. The project will have two defined end-points: one that meets the research and design requirements for the B.S., and another that meets the research requirements for the master’s thesis. The summer following the senior year is usually spent researching and the fifth year is spent on coursework, research, writing and thesis defense.

Students interested in pursuing the B.S./M.S. complete the normal graduate program application process the academic year prior to the year they plan to matriculate in the M.S. program. Learn more about UW Bioengineering graduate program admissions.


A B.S./M.S. student can expect to complete the program in three-four quarters (1 year). A student progressing on schedule can expect to follow this timeline:

  1. Prior to the first quarter, identify which track to pursue (BPS: Bioengineering Professional Series or PTC: Program on Technology Commercialization).
  2. By the end of the first quarter, form a Supervisory Committee (no less than 2 members).
  3. By the end of the winter quarter, the Supervisory Committee must review and approve the student’s academic plan.
  4. Prior to the beginning of the spring quarter, determine project status and prepare to write the thesis.
  5. During the final quarter, submit a M.S. request with the Graduate School and defend the thesis.


Individual schedules vary depending on a student’s advanced credit, and ability to simultaneously carry a heavy course load, maintain good grades, and conduct research. Most students use summers to complete the combined degree.

Students may elect to complete one of two program options: Bioengineering Professional Series (BPS) or Program on Technology Commercialization (PTC).

Up to 6 BIOEN credits completed during the B.S. program, but not used to fulfill any B.S. requirements, may be applied to the M.S. program.

To earn the master’s degree, a student needs to complete BIOEN course work and a thesis describing an independent investigation. A student must also pass a final examination of the research underlying the thesis. The thesis is based on work performed while taking at least nine credits of BIOEN 700.

Contact the Master’s advisor to determine eligibility for the B.S./M.S. program and further details.