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Biomedical Engineering, M.S.

The Biomedical Engineering M.S. program at Saint Louis University will focus on independent research and innovation, pursuit of academic excellence, strong industry partnerships, innovative teaching methodologies, and diversity and inclusion. These elements will collectively prepare students for successful careers and address the evolving needs of the region, nation and world. As part of their degrees, the students will take graduate-level courses to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and skills in the discipline as well as perform independent discovery or design-focused original research under the guidance of graduate faculty members.

Curriculum Overview

This is a 30-credit-hour degree program. This includes 6 credit hours taken from a set of foundational courses. In addition to 15 hours of electives, which includes some interdisciplinary options, students completing the thesis option will take 6 credit hours of BME 5990 along with required courses in research analysis and technical communication. Students completing the non-thesis option will take additional coursework.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

School of Science and Engineering graduate students gain valuable experience working with both faculty and peers. Additional opportunities to publish in scientific journals and attend professional conferences prepare our graduates for careers in industry or academia.

Saint Louis University’s location in a vibrant and industry-rich city means that faculty members have access to and relationships with industry professionals. The School of Science and Engineering provides many opportunities for these professionals to interact with students, share their real-world experiences, network and even collaborate on research projects. Therefore, students have access not only to top-notch faculty but to the most recent developments in industry.

The expert faculty of the School of Science and Engineering collaborate with graduate students in groundbreaking research in the following areas:

  • Biomaterials
  • Human movement
  • Drug delivery
  • Engineering education
  • Haptic and human-machine interfaces
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Biomechanics
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Neuroengineering
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine


Graduates of the master's program seek employment in the industry, government or as university professors. Many go on to doctoral studies.

Admission Requirements

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Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75; cumulative GPA of 3.00 preferred. 
  • A four-year B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biochemical/Biomolecular/Bioelectrical Engineering or closely related engineering and science disciplines

Application Requirements

  • Application form
  • Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from recent instructors) FOR THESIS APPLICANTS ONLY
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement. The statement should clearly indicate students’ interest in Biomedical Engineering, identify professional/research goals, and describe students’ anticipated contributions to SLU.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language Proficiency.
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University.
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University.
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Review Process

Applications for the non-thesis track will be quickly evaluated and admission decisions will be communicated to the applicant, usually within two weeks.

Applications for the thesis track will be sent to the BME Department for evaluation and an admission decision. Outstanding applicants may be recommended for immediate acceptance, while others may be rejected or placed on a waiting list. Thesis track acceptance decisions will also be based on BME faculty expertise and lab openings. The goal is to ensure a successful match with a faculty member to conduct a research project that is in alignment with the student’s preparation, interest, and career goals.

In cases where students come from a non-biomedical engineering background, the applications will be sent to the BME program to review and determine fit and/or pre-requisite/concurrent classes that the applicant would need to take to qualify for the M.S. program in BME. Such applicants may receive conditional admission.

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Tuition Total Program Cost
MS Biomedical Engineering $42,000

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Financial Support

The School of Science and Engineering offers graduate fellowship awards and assistantships each year. Assistantships provide tuition, stipend and health insurance. There are also many opportunities for students to receive funding through external research grants that are managed by individual faculty.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at

  1. Graduates will proficiently apply theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their primary field of study.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the capability to critically assess scholarly works within the discipline and creatively synthesize broad areas of theory and scholarship to generate novel concepts and insights.
  3. Students will demonstrate skills in oral and written communication, enabling them to effectively write technical documents and make technical presentations.
Foundational Courses6
Students select 6 credits from the following:
BME 5130
Medical Imaging
BME 5410
Tissue Engineering
BME 5600
Quantitative Physiology I
BME 5650
Quantitative Physiology II
BME 5400
Tissue-Material Interfaces
BME 5210
Human Movement Biomechanics
Students select 15 credits from the following or additional courses from the Foundational Courses:
AENG 5230
Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
BIOL 5080
Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 5430
Advanced Principles of Virology
BIOL 5630
Concepts of Immunobiology
BIOL 5640
Advanced Microbiology
BIOL 5700
Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOL 5720
Advanced Cancer Biology
BME 4200
BME 4400
BME 5100
BioData Processing and Machine Learning
BME 5150
Brain Computer Interface
BME 5300
BME 5320
Drug Delivery
BME 5340
BME 5420
Tissue Engineering Scaffold Fabrication Techniques
BME 5430
Regenerative Engineering
BME 5455
Biomaterials Characterization and Instrumentation
BME 5850
Design of Biomedical Engineering Lab Experiments
BME 5910
Co-op with Industry (maximum of 3 credits)
or BME 5915
Internship with Industry
BME 5930
Special Topics
BME 5960
Master's Project (Only for Non-Thesis students, 3 hours total)
BME 5970
Research Topics
BME 5980
Graduate Reading Course
BME 6000
Preparing Future Faculty
BST 5100
Introduction to General Linear Modeling
CHEM 5610
Biochemistry 1
CHEM 5630
Introduction to Chemical Biology and Biotechnology
ECE 5153
Image Processing
HDS 5210
Programming for Health Data Scientists
MENG 5820
Technology Entrepreneurship
MENG 5902
Numerical Methods
PATH 5350
Intro to Microscopy Techniques
PHYS 5010
Nanoscience and Nanofabrication Frontiers
PUBH 5040
Generating Evidence from Public Health Data
Choose the Non-Thesis or Thesis Option9
Thesis MS Option
Thesis MS students must take 9 additional credit hours: 6 credit hours of Thesis Research and 3 credit hours of required graduate classes
BME 5990
Thesis Research
BME 5010
Research Analysis
BME 5040
Technical Communication in the Discipline
Non-Thesis MS Option
Non-Thesis MS students must take 9 additional credit hours of electives
Total Credits30

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

A grade of C for any class will require the student to retake the class and earn a grade of B or higher or take an equivalent class in its place, where the substitute class needs to be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator. A student with a GPA below 3.0 or a grade of C in any class (even when the overall GPA is above 3.0) will be placed on academic probation. Students will be allowed 9 credit hours or 2 successive academic terms during which coursework registrations are recorded to return to good standing. Students will not be eligible to graduate while on academic probation.

Non-Course Requirements

Required Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The Biomedical Engineering Department offers a Graduate/Research seminar each fall and spring semester, which meets most weeks on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM. Graduate students are required to attend this seminar for both the fall and spring semesters of their first year at SLU for all M.S. students. Students are permitted to miss at most two seminar sessions each semester.

Program of Study Form

By the end of their first semester, each student should complete a Program of Study form listing the courses they plan to take to complete the requirements for their program. The form needs to be filed with the SSE Graduate Office and can be updated annually as needed. 

Thesis Option

Candidates for the Master of Science Research Thesis Option are required to pass an oral thesis proposal, which consists of both an oral presentation and a written proposal document. The written proposal must be submitted to the candidate’s Guidance Committee at least two weeks prior to the oral proposal date. The written proposal should be a brief document including background and introduction, methods, preliminary data, proposed studies, and a timeline. The document should be a maximum of 10 pages, including references and figures. The oral thesis proposal includes a 20-40-minute seminar style presentation of the proposal to the candidate’s guidance committee. A 2-hour block should be reserved for the proposal defense. Students should complete the form in consultation with their research advisor and submit it to the SSE Grad Office 2 weeks before the proposal date. The oral thesis proposal should be completed at least one complete semester before the expected graduation date.

Upon completion of the research, the students prepares a written thesis related to their research and must pass a final oral thesis defense, which includes a public seminar style presentation on the research project. The time and location of the presentation must be publicized at least two weeks in advance so that it can be attended by all interested persons.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.


Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BME Foundational class 3
BME Foundational or Elective class 3
BME Seminar  
BME Foundational or Elective class 3
BME Electives 6
BME Seminar  
Year Two
BME Electives 9
BME Electives 6
 Total Credits30

Program Notes

Students can choose to take up to two classes (six credits) during the summer between years one and two. International students need to take a minimum of six credits per semester (spring and fall) to maintain a full-time student status. 


Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BME Foundational class 3
BME Foundational or Elective class 3
BME 5010 Research Analysis 2
BME Seminar  
BME Foundational or Elective class 3
BME Electives 6
BME Seminar  
Master's Thesis Proposal  
Year Two
BME Electives 6
BME 5990 Thesis Research 1
BME 5040 Technical Communication in the Discipline 1
BME 5990 Thesis Research 5
Final Defense of the Master Thesis  
 Total Credits30

Program Notes

Students can choose to take up to two classes (six credits) during the summer between years one and two. International students need to take a minimum of six credits per semester (spring and fall) to maintain a full-time student status. 

Students will start work on the thesis project in their first semester and dedicate the summer between years one and two to research.

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