Get on the fast track to inventing the future of medicine.

The Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) is a one year (Mid-August/Early Start to August of the following year), full time professional master’s degree program.

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Solve today’s health care challenges. Engineer solutions to unmet clinical needs. Excel in leadership, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

The MAB trains students to apply engineering design to address today’s clinical challenges and fulfill the market-based demands of industry and medicine for biotechnology. Graduates will have in-demand skills for work in biomedical industry and translational research.

Students benefit from UW Bioengineering’s strengths in translational research, and our successful record of entrepreneurship, patents, licensing and start-ups. Students will collaborate with world-class faculty from UW and UW Medicine, and local industry partners to transform biomedical research into technologies for improving patient care.

The MAB program features:

  • Clinical focus– Work with UW Medicine clinicians and faculty to identify unmet clinical needs, and learn about clinical culture and ethics
  • Range of emphasis areas – Students complete a focus in a technical area. Technical coursework is concentrated in areas in which Bioengineering faculty are acknowledged leaders.
  • Solve real clinical problems – Complete a health care-focused team design project, or full-time industry internship.
  • Entrepreneurial focus – Learn about business issues specific to biomedical technology commercialization, including clinical trials and research, market analysis, business strategy development and regulatory compliance.
  • Mentorship – Work with leaders in academia, industry and clinical research institutions, receive professional skills instruction in resume writing, interviewing and job search.

Graduates will enter the job market prepared to:

  • Respond to market-based needs of industry and medicine
  • Plan, design and develop biomedical technologies
  • Effectively lead project teams
  • Understand the regulatory aspects of bringing new technology to market

The MAB program serves the following student populations:

  • Bachelor’s degree-level bioengineers who want to strengthen their industry focus and gain direct experience developing biomedical technologies that are responsive to clinical needs.
  • Students from non-engineering fields (biology, chemistry and physics) who wish to obtain training in biomedical engineering applications.
  • Professionals from traditional engineering disciplines who want to re-direct themselves to biomedical industry and translational research.

Is MAB right for me? Overview of UW Bioengineering’s master’s programs:

  • MAB is a one year, full time program that focuses on engineering design to solve real clinical problems, and offers an intensive clinical shadowing process.
  • MS BioE is a two year, full time program that focuses on engineering research and provides students the experience of writing an individual thesis.
  • PHARBE is a part-time, course-based program, generally completed over two years, designed for working professionals in biotechnology and related fields

Each Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) student will participate in Clinical Observations during Early Fall before the beginning of Autumn Quarter. During the Clinical Observations, MAB students will shadow UW Medicine clinicians and faculty to watch medical procedures and processes. There will be opportunities to identify unmet clinical needs and discuss potential solutions. MAB students will learn how to interact professionally with clinicians and patients, and learn about clinical culture and ethics.

Students have had the privilege to observe procedures, surgeries and clinical rounds in various units, including Cardiology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Radiology and Urology. The exact locations for Clinical Observations change each year and will be conveyed to the cohort when they arrive for Orientation in the summer.


Total course credits: 55 credits
Core curriculum (37 credits)
BIOEN 540 (4) – Bioengineering Clinical Practicum
BIOEN 541 (3) – Design Skills I: Clinical Needs Evaluation
BIOEN 542 (4) – Design Skills II: Design Proposal
BIOEN 543 (4) – Design Skills III: Project Implementation
BIOEN 544/BIOEN 601 (10) – Advanced Capstone Design Project or Internship
BIOEN 504 (4) – Intro to Technology Commercialization
BIOEN 505 (4) – Biomedical Entrepreneurship
ENTRE 540 (2, CR/NC) – Business Plan Practicum
BIOEN 509 (2, CR/NC) – Bioengineering Departmental Seminar

Technical Electives (18 credits)

Students will take 2-3 technical electives each quarter to complete a focus in a technical area.

Suggested Schedule

Early Fall  Autumn  Winter Spring Summer
 BIOEN 540 (4) BIOEN 541 (3)
BIOEN 504 (4)
BIOEN 599 Quantitative Physiology (3)
Technical elective (3-4)
BIOEN 542 (4)
BIOEN 505 (4)
ENTRE 540 (2)
BIOEN 509 (1)
Technical elective (3-4)
Technical elective (3-4, optional)
BIOEN 543 (4)
BIOEN 506 (1, optional)
BIOEN 509 (1)
Technical elective (3-4)
Technical elective (3-4)
Technical elective (3-4, optional)
BIOEN 544 or BIOEN 601 (10)
Total credits per quarter
Early Fall Autumn
Winter Spring  Summer
4 13-14 14-19 10-18  10
In addition to the Core Curriculum of design skills and entrepreneurship courses, each Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB) student must complete a sequence of elective courses in a Technical Concentration Area in which Bioengineering faculty are acknowledged leaders. Students will demonstrate competency in their selected Technical Concentration Area by taking some required and some elective courses, for a total of at least 18 credits (five to six technical courses).
Electives specific to a Technical Concentration Area may be selected from the Department of Bioengineering’s list of approved Technical Electives

MAB students also have the option to build their own the Technical Concentration Area. At Orientation, students can select courses from the Department of Bioengineering’s list of approved electives that they think will give them the best foundation. Student will submit a petition (short paragraph), justifying their choices and will be reviewed by the MAB leadership.

Approved technical electives (for 2017-18)

Required courses for each technical concentration area are marked with asterisks (**)

Biomedical Imaging

BIOEN 599 Imaging I: X-ray/Nuclear (Kinahan) (4) **
BIOEN 547 Imaging II: MRI/US (Yuan/Averkiou) (4)**
BIOEN 599 Imaging III: Opt/Contrast Agents (Wang/Gao) (3) **
BIOEN 599 Quantitative Physiology (3) **
BIOEN 549 Therapeutic & Diagnostic Ultrasound (Averkiou) (4)
BIOEN 599 Real Time Biosignal Processing (Neils) (3)
BIOEN 587 Bioengineering Nanotechnology (Gao) (4)
BIOEN 599 Light Microscopy (Wiggins) (3)
BIOEN 599 Optical Coherence Tomography (Wang) (3-4)

Molecular Bioengineering and Biomaterials

BIOEN 557 Advanced Molecular Bioengineering (Stayton) (4) **
BIOEN 599 Quantitative Physiology (3) required**
BIOEN 490 Biomaterials (Bryers) (3)
BIOEN 491 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
BIOEN 515 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Bioengineering (D. Ratner) (3)
BIOEN 574 Immunoengineering (Woodrow) (3)
BIOEN 576 Protein Engineering Lab (Hendricks) (4)
BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)

Regenerative Medicine and Biomaterials

BIOEN 490 Biomaterials (Bryers) (3) **
BIOEN 586 Tissue Engineering (Kim) (3) **
BIOEN 599 Quantitative Physiology (3) **
BIOEN 491 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)
BIOEN 592 Surface Analysis (B. Ratner) (3)
BIOEN 599 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Bioengineering (D. Ratner) (3)
BIOEN 599 Cardiovascular Engineering (Regnier) (3)
BIOEN 599 Engineering Cell Biology (Kim) (3)
BIOEN 599 Vascular Engineering (Zheng) (3)
BIOEN 599 Advanced Tissue Engineering (Stevens) (3)
BIOEN 599 Neural Engineering (Johnson) (3)
BIOEN 599 Genomic Era Sequencing (Thickman) (4)