UW Bioengineering offers a research-based Master of Science in Bioengineering degree program. Students come to this multidisciplinary biomedical research and engineering program from a wide array of backgrounds. Students apply basic sciences to medical and biological problems using engineering principles and gain comprehensive experience in bioengineering research.

To earn the master’s degree, a student needs to complete significant course work and a thesis describing an independent investigation. A student must also pass a final examination of the research underlying the thesis.

In this program, students gain interdisciplinary knowledge of mathematics, engineering principles, physics, chemistry, physiology and modern biology.

We invite you to invent the future of medicine with us. Learn more about applying to the UW Bioengineering Master’s of Science program.

About the Program

A student can expect to complete the program in six to eight quarters (2 years). 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 second quarter, find a research adviser to collaborate on a plan of study and research, and who will supervise the thesis.
  3. By the end of Autumn Quarter of the second year in the program, form a Supervisory Committee (no less than 2 members).
  4. Within one quarter of establishing the Committee, the Supervisory Committee must review and approve the student’s academic plan.
  5. By the end of the second year, determine project status and prepare to write the thesis.
  6. During the final quarter, submit a M.S. request with the Graduate School and defend the thesis.
Thesis and Final Examination

The thesis must demonstrate the author’s ability to solve a problem independently and to describe the solution clearly and succinctly. Students must orally defend the thesis via the Final Examination. The thesis must show the way that the problem was posed, the methods used for its solution and the solution of the problem. The thesis should suggest the importance of the results and their application to other problems of the same kind. The thesis is based on work performed while taking at least nine credits of BIOEN 700.

In addition to the required courses, students must complete 1-2 laboratory rotations.

Bioengineering Professional Series (BPS)

4 credits total:

  • BIOEN 530 (2 credits, CR/NC): Literature Analysis
  • BIOEN 531(2 credits): Proposal Writing
  • BIOEN 532 (1 credit CR/NC): Professional Skills Development

STAT or BIOSTAT Requirement (1 course of the following, 2 – 4 credits):

  • BIOEN 599, BIOSTAT 517, 524 or STAT 502, 504, 512 or UCONJ 510

12 credits of research-related electives:

  • 6 credits in “Focus Theme/Advanced CR”
  • 6 credits in 3 of 4 remaining themes (3 CR/theme)

7 credits of additional elective credits (not required to be research related)

  • 2 can be CR/NC

9 credits of BIOEN 700 (minimum)

Program on Technology Commercialization (PTC):

4 credits total:

  • BIOEN 504 (4 credits): Intro to Tech Commercialization
  • BIOEN 505 (4 credits): Studies in Tech Commercialization
  • BIOEN 506 (1 credit, CR/NC) + ENTRE 540 (2-4 credits, variable): PTC III and Business Plan Practicum

STAT or BIOSTAT Requirement (1 course of the following, 2 – 4 credits):

  • BIOEN 599, BIOSTAT 517, 524 or STAT 502, 504, 512 or UCONJ 510

12 credits of research-related electives:

  • 6 credits in “Focus Theme/Advanced CR”
  • 6 credits in 3 of 4 remaining themes (3 CR/theme)

7 additional electives credits (not required to be research related)

  • 2 can be CR/NC

9 credits of BIOEN 700 (minimum)