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

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.

The Master of Applied Bioengineering  trains students to apply engineering design to address today’s clinical challenges and fulfill the market-based demands of industry and medicine for biotechnology.  Students collaborate with world-class faculty from UW and UW Medicine, and local industry partners to transform biomedical research into technologies for improving patient care. Graduates have in-demand skills for work in biomedical industry and translational research.

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Master of Applied Bioengineering at a glance

  • Clinical focus: Students collaborate with UW Medicine clinicians and faculty to identify unmet clinical needs, and learn about clinical culture and ethics
  • Range of emphasis areas: Students select a technical focus for their coursework, and the curriculum is focused in areas in which Bioengineering faculty are acknowledged leaders.
  • Solve real clinical problems: Students take a health care-focused team design project through the whole design process.
  • Entrepreneurial focus: Student gain specialized knowledge about biomedical technology commercialization, including clinical trials and research, market analysis, business strategy development and regulatory compliance.
  • Mentorship: Students work with leaders in academia, clinical research institutions and industry, and gain professional skills including resume writing, interviewing and job search.
  • A foundation for career success: Students graduate with the ability to plan, design and develop biomedical technologies, effectively lead project teams and understand regulatory affairs.

Master of Applied Bioengineering program features

  • Bachelor’s degree-level bioengineers who want to gain direct experience developing biomedical technologies that are responsive to clinical needs while strengthening their industry skills
  • 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.

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: 47 credits

Core curriculum

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 (2, CR/NC) – Advanced Capstone Design Project OR BIOEN 601 (2, CR/NC) – Internship
BIOEN 536 (3) – Quantitative Physiology
BIOEN 504 (4) – Intro to Technology Commercialization OR BIOEN 505 (4) – Biomedical Entrepreneurship
ENTRE 540 (2, CR/NC) – Business Plan Practicum
2 credits of Bioengineering Seminar – a limit of 1 credit per quarter


Students take 4 credits in the School of Medicinie (SoM), which can be divided into the student’s choice of course and quarter. These credits are flexible and up to the discretion of the student. This is an opportunity to delve deeper into a specific medical topic of the student’s choosing. There are many to chose from. To familiarize yourself, please refer to UW Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education Programs or Click here for School of Medicine course catalog.

Technical Electives (15 credits)

Students will take 2-3 graded BIOEN technical electives (TE) each quarter to complete a focus in a technical area. Classes offered for the academic year are available on the Bioengineering Teaching Schedule

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE (* indicates required course)

Early Fall Autumn Winter Spring Summer
BIOEN 540 (4)* BIOEN 541 (3)*
BIOEN 536 (3)*Suggested:
– BIOEN 504 (4)
– One 3 or 4 credit TE or SoM class.
– If taking a 3-credit class, 1 cr of seminar can be added
BIOEN 542 (4)*
ENTRE 540 (2)*Suggested:
– BIOEN 509 (1)
– Remaining credits are TE or SoM
– BIOEN 543 (4)*

– BIOEN 505 (4),
if BIOEN 504 was not taken
– BIOEN 509 (1)
– Remaining credits are TE or SoM

BIOEN 544 OR BIOEN 601 (2)
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 15 credits (five to six technical courses).

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.

For the most up to date course offerings, please refer to the Bioengineering Annual Teaching Schedule.


  • Autumn: BIOEN 546 Imaging I: X-ray/Nuclear (Kinahan) (4)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 551 Optical Coherence Tomography (Wang) (3-4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 547 Imaging II: MRI/US (Yuan/Averkiou) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 568 Real Time Biosignal Processing (Neils) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 587 Bioengineering Nanotechnology (Gao) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 563 Optogenetics (Berndt) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 599 Imaging III: Opt/Contrast Agents (Wang/Gao) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 549 Therapeutic & Diagnostic Ultrasound (Averkiou) (4)
  • Spring: BIOEN 599 Light Microscopy (Wiggins) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 420 Medical Imaging (O’Donnell) (4)


  • Autumn: BIOEN 490 Advanced Topics in Biomaterials (Bryers) (3)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 523 Introduction to Synthetic Biology (Carothers) (3)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 557 Advanced Molecular Bioengineering (Stayton) (4)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 599 Computational Systems Biology for Medical Applications (Sauro) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 574 Immunoengineering (Woodrow) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 455 BioMEMS (Folch) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 591 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 425 Lab Methods in Synthetic Biology (Klavins) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 588 Computational Protein Design (Daggett) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 579 Host Response to Biomaterials (Giachelli) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 573 Biosensors and Biomedical Sensing (Yager) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)
  • Spring: BIOEN 524 Advanced Systems & Synthetic Biology (Klavins) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 570 Systems Immunology and Immunoengineering (Kueh) (3)


  • Autumn: BIOEN 515 Bioconjugate Engineering (D. Ratner) (3)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 560 Neural Engineering (3)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 599 Cardiovascular Engineering (Regnier) (3)
  • Autumn: BIOEN 490 Advanced Topics in Biomaterials (Bryers) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 591 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 566 Neural Computation and Engineering Laboratory (Orsborn) (3)
  • Winter: BIOEN 588 Computational Protein Design (Daggett) (4)
  • Winter: BIOEN 579 Host Response to Biomaterials (Giachelli) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 589 Advanced Tissue Engineering (Stevens) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)
  • Spring: BIOEN 592 Surface Analysis (B. Ratner) (3)
  • Spring: BIOEN 440 Introduction to Biomechanics (Sanders) (4)
  • Spring BIOEN 561 Neural Engineering Tech Studio (Yazadan) (4)