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Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology MS, PhD

The Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT) program is a nationally recognized program at the intersection of biology and engineering that:

  • is suitable for individuals with an undergraduate degree in a wide range of life science or engineering/physical science fields
  • addresses contemporary biomedical/health research problems
  • prepares you to work in the biomedical and healthcare industry

The BMEBT is an interdisciplinary program that includes coursework from the following disciplines: bioengineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, computer information science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and medical laboratory science. The program addresses contemporary biomedical and health research problems and contributes significantly to meeting the need of industry, government, and education for biomedical and biotechnology researchers.

Because the degree brings together biomedical engineering with biotechnology, it is designed equally for students with life sciences or engineering and physical science backgrounds. 

MS degree: Students may elect to take the MS degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at the end of two years. This degree is well suited to students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences and engineering who want to advance within medical or biomedical fields. It provides focused technical skill development as well as management and communication competencies for the clinical or biotechnology laboratory setting as well as the larger healthcare-related environment.

PhD degree: This degree prepares students for careers in research, industry, and academia. You will develop skills and competencies to function as an independent researcher; gain an appreciation of contemporary biomedical ethical issues; increase your knowledge of intellectual property, patent and regulatory issues; and prepare to seek pre-doctoral and post-doctoral extramural private/federal research funding.

The Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT) program is offered jointly by the UMass campuses of Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester (UMass Medical).

Starting salary range:
$67,500 - $70,000

National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2021 Salary Survey

The program aims to provide its students with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

You will develop the ability to:

  • formulate/test multiple, original scientific hypotheses related to dissertation research
  • design/carry out detailed experiments or develop theoretical models/numerical simulations
  • apply research in solving current biomedical/health problems, especially in relationship to new discoveries in nanoscience and technology
  • function as independent researchers with strong critical thinking, inquiry-based analytical skills
  • work on integrated problems in multidisciplinary research teams
  • critically interpret research results, synthesizing findings from other investigators/previous studies, that will serve as the basis for developing new hypotheses

You will develop the following skills:

  • cutting-edge technical, laboratory, and computer skills related to a wide range of instrumentation and procedures
  • presentation skills resulting in the publication of findings and presentation of results at professional conferences
  • advanced problem-solving skills using a multidisciplinary approach
  • appreciation of the challenges of conducting and publishing research associated with contemporary biomedical ethical issues
  • grantsmanship skills to obtain pre-doctoral and post-doctoral extramural private and federal research funding

You will gain the following knowledge and understanding:

  • knowledge about intellectual property, patents, and regulatory issues
  • understanding of how theory/concepts are related to applied research
  • understanding of how applied research is conducted in an industrial setting
  • understanding of how industry applies experimental research to equipment design, manufacturing, and product development

Learn more: BMEBT program outcomes

The program of courses includes core course requirements, a specialization requirement, and a capstone requirement. The interdisciplinary nature of this program requires close contact between students and their advisors.

MS: A minimum of 31 credits in statistics and ethics, and advanced clinical laboratory specialty areas such as biochemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. It also requires the successful presentation of the capstone project to earn the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology.

PhD: The PhD requires the completion or transfer of at least 63 total credits (or a minimum of 44 credits for students with advanced standing due to an existing MS degree).

In addition to the satisfactory completion of courses, you must:

  • participate in seminars and symposiums
  • pass a qualifying examination
  • defend a dissertation proposal
  • complete a dissertation and defend it

Learn more: BMEBT program requirements

A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Applicants desiring teaching or research assistantships should submit completed applications by March 15. Other assistance, such as loans or work study, may be available to you.

Almost all assistantship support in this program comes in the form of research assistantships. Applicants are invited to contact faculty about opportunities for research assistantships.

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
Learn more about changes to requirements

Individuals holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the life sciences or engineering/physical science fields (or the U.S. baccalaureate equivalents from a foreign institution) are encouraged to apply.

Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • Must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered.
  • Minimum GRE of 300. The GRE can be waived for applicants with a prior graduate degree from an accredited US institution.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 2 semesters (or 3 quarter sequence) of calculus and have strong quantitative skills.
  • Successful applicants generally have had undergraduate coursework in statistics/experimental design and in life science/biomedical science.
  • Statement of purpose (300 words):
    • The statement should include your academic and professional background, research credentials, and career plans as they relate to the degree program. Discuss research experience (academic, industrial) and any publications, grants, or patents.
    • Indicate your specific areas of interest within Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology so that an appropriate fit in the program can be determined. If you have a specific interest in working with one or more of the program’s faculty, describe that specific interest and identify those faculty members.

Follow the UMass Dartmouth graduate application process.

As we review your application, we put strong emphasis on your: 


  • personal and career goals
  • demonstrated academic ability and research potential
  • commitment to an interdisciplinary, team-work approach 

You can learn about UMassD BMEBT options by contacting one of the program directors.

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Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Faculty

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Related information

Accelerated BS Bioengineering/MS BMEBT


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