Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering are jointly offered between the Health Science Center and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  The primary objective of this program is to broadly train students in the principles of biomedical engineering so they are well prepared to participate in the development of new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.  

As the program is multidisciplinary, the curriculum is designed to provide a synergistic combination of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, interactions with clinicians, and individualized biomedical engineering research experiences in the laboratories of the biomedical engineering faculty. All students are required to take core courses in the areas of Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioelectronics/Imaging and Biology, as well as Ethics in Research, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, and Introduction to Clinical Practices. In addition to the basic core curriculum, students are required to take additional coursework in the area of specialization. Students have access to the bioengineering and biosciences laboratories at both the Health Science Center and UTSA. This provides a unique opportunity to have learning experiences in medical, dental, bioscience, and engineering environments. 

Biomedical Engineering Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering program are described below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework with a major in a recognized science or engineering discipline. All students should have had sufficient background in engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics prior to being admitted to the program. It is expected that these students will have B.S. degrees with an emphasis in either engineering, physical science, or biological science disciplines. All students are required to have completed at least one year of engineering physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (up to Differential Equations I or Applied Engineering Analysis I). Students with deficiencies in the above courses will be required to satisfactorily complete selected courses as a condition of acceptance.

A satisfactory score, as evaluated by the Admissions Committee for Biomedical Engineering, is required on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version or 79 on the Internet version. The applicant’s performance on a standardized test will be considered in addition to other criteria for admission or competitive scholarship awards and will not be used as the sole criterion for consideration of an applicant.

Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.

A complete application includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a résumé, and a statement of the applicant’s research experience, interests, and goals. TOEFL scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.

Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30.5 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering.  Regardless of their area of specialization, all students are required to take a total of 15.5 semester credit hours of Required Core Courses.  In addition, all students must register for three semesters of Research seminar, a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of approved Elective Courses, and a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of biomedical engineering Master’s Thesis Research.  The courses taken by students are intended to focus and support the individual’s mastery of his or her particular area of specialization.  The student must successfully present their Thesis and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Biomedical Engineering Plans of Study

A minimum of 33 semester credit hours is needed to obtain a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. 

M.S.

First Year
FallCredit Hours
BIME 6004Biology For Bioengineers 3
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
BME 6903  3
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Spring
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
PHYL 5013Dental Physiology 1 6.5
BME 6803  3
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Summer
BIME 6098, BME 6892, BME 6893, or BME 6896Thesis 1-12
BIME 6097Research 1-12
Second Year
Fall
BIME 6090Seminar 1
BIME 6097Research 1-12
BIME 6098, BME 6892, BME 6893, or BME 6896Thesis 1-12
BME 6703  3
BME 6033  3
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Spring
Elective(s) - see department  varies
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6098, BME 6892, BME 6893, or BME 6896Thesis 1-12
Summer
BIME 6098, BME 6892, BME 6893, or BME 6896Thesis 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 2953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
Third Year
Fall
BIME 6098Thesis 1-12
 Total Credit Hours: 34.0-133.0

M.S., Non-thesis Option

First Year
FallCredit Hours
BME 6903  3
BIME 6004Biology For Bioengineers 3
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Spring
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
BME 6803  3
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Summer
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Second Year
Fall
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
BME 6703  3
BME 6033  3
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Spring
BME 6961take during last semester  1
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Summer
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Third Year
Fall
BME 6961take during last semester  1
Elective(s) - see department  varies
Spring
BME 6961take during last semester  1
Elective(s) - see department  varies
 Total Credit Hours: 21.5

Biomedical Engineering Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biology concepts for biomedical applications.
  2. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biomaterials concepts.
  3. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biomechanics concepts.
  4. Students will be able to design and carry out research experiments.
  5. Students will be able to communicate research findings to diverse audience.
  6. Students will be able to teach and disseminate knowledge.