Graduate Curriculum

Our M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering are awarded through the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Under the guidance of BME faculty advisors, students plan a course of study in one of six concentrations.

U-M BME has added a professional Master’s program (MEng) in Advanced Medical Product Engineering & Development (AMPED), which is designed for students who are pursuing careers in the medical technology industries. The AMPED program replaces the Medical Product Development concentration in the BME graduate program. For more information about the program, visit the AMPED website.

MS/MSE/Ph.D. Concentrations

  • Students complete a course plan of study at the start of their graduate studies, following the Curriculum. The Plan of Study form can be found in the Graduate Forms Folder. Students’ classes can change from their original plan of study while they are a student, but their final M.S. courses ultimately must meet the overall guidelines as outlined in the Curriculum.
  • Information on all graduate concentrations can be found here.
  • As described in the Curriculum, MS/MSE and Ph.D. students may participate in Directed Research for credit, through BIOMEDE 590. Guidelines for Directed Research are also found in the graduate forms folder.
  • Ph.D. Pre-Candidate students must complete the Qualifying Exam prior to being granted Ph.D. Candidacy. This typically occurs after two years if entering the program without an M.S., or after one year of entering with an M.S. Further information on the Qualifying Exam can be found in the graduate forms folder.
  • Special circumstances for a student’s Curriculum will be considered via petition. See the graduate forms folder for the petitions we offer.

Ph.D. Requirements

Once students complete the master’s-degree requirements outlined in the BME Graduate Curriculum, they take a minimum of nine additional graded credit hours directly related to their Ph.D. research. These 9 credit hours are decided upon by the student and their research advisor.

Information on policies for academic probation and dismissal for Ph.D. students can be found in the forms folder.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are as diverse as the research areas of our faculty, who come not only from the College of Engineering and the Medical School, but also from: