Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, MS

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

About the Degree

Graduate studies in biomedical engineering are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate students with varied backgrounds and to promote an interest in theoretical and applied research while preparing the student for a career in industry, government or academia. Faculty members in the department have strong research programs in a variety of areas and are active participants in the Institute for Biomedical Engineering Research. 

The MS program in Biomedical Engineering requires three core courses: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering, Biometry, and Physiology for Engineers. Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering covers how basic engineering concepts, such as fluid/solid mechanics, signals/controls, circuits, and materials, fit within biomedical engineering. Biometry covers applied statistical methods for biological and engineering problems, while Physiology provides an in-depth study of several topics in human physiology. In addition to the core courses, 17 course and 6 thesis credits are required for graduation, with courses selected with a specific thesis project in mind. Biomedical engineering graduate electives include advanced courses in Bioinstrumentation, Optics, Continuum Mechanics, Biotransport, Microfluidics, Tissue Engineering, and Drug Delivery.

Salary and Career Outlook

Recently, several popular news outlets such as CNNMoney and Forbes rated Biomedical Engineering as the best job and college major, respectively. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes Biomedical Engineering growth from 2012-2022 at 27%, which is much faster than average. Our students get jobs in companies ranging from start-ups to international pharmaceutical companies or even start their own companies.

Salaries range from 50,000 – 75,000 for students with a MS degree in BME.

Why Akron?

The MS degree is a research-based MS program, where students get a well-rounded engineering degree while learning how to perform high quality research. The flexibility in the course work provides students with the opportunity to both take advanced topics outside of their area of research, while also gaining depth in their area of research. Over >88% of our faculty have patents or patent applications pending in the US or Internationally. Therefore, research topics of the graduate students are cutting edge, yet product- and translationally-based, putting our graduates at an advantage when moving on to a company.

As our students perform research projects, they have access to the latest equipment and software that is used in companies and academia. All of our graduate students are encouraged to participate in entrepreneurship programs. This program has led to many BME graduate students receiving financial support for their entrepreneurial ideas – including additional support from the State of Ohio.

All BME graduate students are required to participate in a “Colloquium Series” in which they attend a weekly seminar given by a nationally-know researcher. This seminar is usually followed by lunch meetings with the invited speaker, where the graduate students get scientific and career advice.

Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Rebecca Kuntz Willits

                                                            Auburn Science and Engineering Center,
                                                            Room 275D


                                                            (330) 972-6587          

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664