Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology
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 for biomedical engineering and biotechnology graduate degree recipients:
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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
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
A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.
International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.