Master of Science Program Guidelines
Admission to the BME master's program is subject to final approval by the BME graduate committee. Students meeting the following minimum guidelines will be selected on a competitive basis.
Minimum Qualifications for Admission
- Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.
Applicants for admission with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, or with degrees in a related area, will be carefully considered for admission by the BME Graduate Committee. Applicants with degrees in a related area shall meet the following prerequisites for unconditional admission:
- Two-course sequence in physics (e.g., PHYS 251, 252 in quarters; PHYS 2051, 2052 in semesters)
- Two-course sequence in calculus (e.g., MATH 263A, 263B, MATH 263C in quarters; MATH 2301, 2302 in semesters)
- One course in differential equations (e.g., MATH 340 in quarters; MATH 3400 in semesters)
Students without credit in these courses or their equivalents should be prepared to obtain credit in these early in the program.
Grade-Point Average Required for Graduation. Conferral of the M.S. in BME requires at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The grade-point average is based on all programmed work, excluding transfer credits.
Additional Grade-Point Average Requirements. No more than four (4) semester hours below B- and no hours below C may be applied toward fulfilling degree requirements. More than eight (8) hours below B- will result in the removal of the student from the M.S. program.
Probation Status. A candidate having an overall grade-point average below 3.0 will be placed on probation status. Failure to raise the grade-point average to 3.0 or above by the end of the subsequent semester will result in the removal of the student from the program.
Thesis Advisor and Thesis Committee Selection
All forms are available online and should be submitted to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee’s signature.
Temporary AdvisorUpon entering the program, the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee acts as the student's temporary advisor until a thesis advisor has been obtained. In most cases, the Chair will not assist the student with course selection; rather, he or she will direct the student to a Russ College faculty member with similar research interests for advice on course selection. The student should understand that giving such advice does not mean that the faculty member has agreed to serve as the student’s thesis advisor. Typically, this faculty member will aid the student in course selection for only one semester.
Thesis AdvisorThe thesis advisor is a faculty member in the student's field of interest who will serve as the thesis research advisor and plan a program of study. The student must select a faculty member who is willing to serve as his or her thesis advisor by no later than the first week of the second semester. The Tentative M.S. Course of Study form must be submitted by no later than the eighth week of the second semester and must be signed by the advisor and the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee.
Thesis CommitteeThe student's thesis examining committee is chosen in consultation with the thesis advisor. The thesis committee must be established by no later than the eighth week of the second semester. The student thesis advisory committee shall consist of a minimum of four faculty members. Three of these must be members of the BME faculty, including the chair/advisor. Two committee members must be members of the Russ College and hold associate graduate or graduate faculty status. One of the members must be from outside the Russ College and hold associate or full graduate faculty status in his or her College. The committee member from outside the Russ College is appointed by the College at the request of the student. The student makes the request by submitting the Russ College thesis committee information and approval form to the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee.
This form must be submitted by no later than the eighth week of the second semester.
Thesis Proposal and Defense
- Information about obtaining forms mentioned is available on the student documents web page. Forms should be submitted to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature.
The student will prepare a written formal research proposal. Students must review Russ College policies on plagiarism prior to preparing their theses. He or she will give an oral presentation of the proposal to the thesis committee. The length of the written proposal is expected to be 10 to 20 double-spaced typewritten pages. The oral presentation should take approximately 20 minutes and should include the use of visual aids (e.g., PowerPoint slides). A copy of the written proposal must be in the hands of the thesis committee members no later than 14 days prior to the oral presentation. The members of the thesis committee must be informed of the date, place, and time of the oral presentation no later than 14 days prior to the oral presentation. Students must pass the thesis proposal no later than the end of the second semester. Students should take the Final M.S. Course of Study Proposal Approval Form to the oral presentation. If they pass, they should obtain all signatures at that time and submit the form along with a copy of the proposal to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature. Note that changes to the program of study may be made by obtaining the Revised M.S. Course of Study Form. Once all signatures are obtained, submit the form to the BME office for the Chair of the BME Graduate Committee's signature. No changes in the program of study will be approved for the addition or deletion of a course for which a grade has already been received.
A written thesis must be prepared describing the student's completed research work. The thesis must be defended orally before the thesis committee. An electronic thesis prepared according to university guidelines is required. Students must again review Russ College policies on plagiarism prior to preparing their theses. Students must follow the Guidelines for Submission of Electronic Theses and Dissertations.
- At least three weeks prior to the date of the thesis defense, submit the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Arrangements for Oral Examination Form and the Statement of Originality to the BME office, which will rout the forms to the Russ College Dean's office.
- At least two weeks prior to the date of the examination:
- submit a copy of the thesis to each member of the thesis committee;
- submit an electronic copy of the thesis in PDF format to the administrative associate in the Dean's office for the initial plagiarism check and to Thesis and Dissertation Services (TAD) for the format check;
- advise the thesis committee of the place, date, and time of the defense.
Thesis Defense Approval Form
All previous forms must be on file before turning this in to the BME office. After passing the defense, have the form signed by your committee members. You might have to make changes to your thesis before obtaining the signatures, especially that of your advisor. After obtaining all necessary signatures, return the form to the BME office, which will forward the form to the Dean's office and keep a copy for the BME office. The Dean's office will send a copy of the signed form to TAD Services. Keep a copy for your own records.
Submission of Final Thesis
Submit the final version of your thesis, in PDF format, to the administrative associate in the Dean's office and to TAD Services. Both final submissions must be complete by the deadline for the semester in which you graduate.
Transfer of Credit
A maximum of eight semester hours, or the equivalent, may be transferred from an accredited university and applied toward a student’s M.S. BME degree, provided:
- The credits are designated at the transferring institution as graduate level only.
- The credits were obtained by taking formal coursework within the past five years. No correspondence credit will be accepted.
- Grades earned on all transfer credits are B or better.
Students must complete all requirements for the degree within six calendar years from the first academic term of study in the M.S. BME program.