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 have the opportunity to 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.

Master of Applied Bioengineering admissions

Application deadline for Autumn 2019 admission: January 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, USA.

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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: Student complete a health care-focused team design project, or full-time industry internship.
  • 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, industry and clinical research institutions, 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 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.

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.

Requirements

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 Autmn 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)

 

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

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

Biomedical Imaging
  • BIOEN 536 Quantitative Physiology (3) **
  • BIOEN 546 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 549 Therapeutic & Diagnostic Ultrasound (Averkiou) (4)
  • BIOEN 551 Optical Coherence Tomography (Wang) (3-4)
  • BIOEN 568 Real Time Biosignal Processing (Neils) (3)
  • BIOEN 587 Bioengineering Nanotechnology (Gao) (4)
  • BIOEN 599 Light Microscopy (Wiggins) (3)
Molecular Bioengineering and Biomaterials
  • BIOEN 515 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Bioengineering (D. Ratner) (3)
  • BIOEN 536 Quantitative Physiology (3) required**
  • BIOEN 557 Advanced Molecular Bioengineering (Stayton) (4) **
  • BIOEN 574 Immunoengineering (Woodrow) (3)
  • BIOEN 576 Protein Engineering Lab (4)
  • BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)
  • BIOEN 590 Advanced Topics in Biomaterials (Bryers) (3)
  • BIOEN 591 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
Regenerative Medicine and Biomaterials
  • BIOEN 515 Bioconjugate Engineering (D. Ratner) (3)
  • BIOEN 536 Quantitative Physiology (3) **
  • BIOEN 560 Neural Engineering (3)
  • BIOEN 581 Engineering Cell Biology (Kim) (3)
  • BIOEN 583 Vascular Biology and Engineering (Zheng) (3)
  • BIOEN 585 Computational Bioengineering (Thomas) (4)
  • BIOEN 586 Tissue Engineering (Stevens) (3) **
  • BIOEN 590 Advanced Topics in Biomaterials (Bryers) (3) **
  • BIOEN 591 Controlled Release (Pun) (3)
  • BIOEN 592 Surface Analysis (B. Ratner) (3)
  • BIOEN 599 Cardiovascular Engineering (Regnier) (3)
  • BIOEN 599 Advanced Tissue Engineering (Kim) (3)
  • BIOEN 599 Genomic Era Sequencing (4)