MSc in Biomedical Engineering


Program Description

About BME

Leading education and research in biomedical engineering to improve human health

Biomedical engineering is a discipline of growing importance in society and is a vital and growing part not only of the Boston area but also of the whole US territory infrastructure – industry, academics, and hospitals. The field of biomedical engineering has been growing rapidly in the past few years. This expansion is due to many factors, including:

  • scientific and technological advances in molecular and cell biology, materials science and the engineering disciplines;
  • the increasing recognition of the role of interdisciplinary strategies to solve complex biomedical problems;
  • the aging of the population leading to increased healthcare needs and the associated demands and costs.

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University reflects these themes and offers comprehensive education and research opportunities to students, faculty, and industry interested in the pursuit of this topic.

Established at Tufts University in September 2002, the Biomedical Engineering Department is located in the Science and Technology Center (4 Colby Street, Medford, MA), a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, which also houses the cutting-edge interdisciplinary research activities of the Tissue Engineering Resource Center.

Program Overview

The Biomedical Engineering Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, as well as a certificate program for those seeking professional development or as a gateway to the M.S. program.

The School of Engineering also offers a cross-departmental, interdisciplinary bioengineering (M.S.) program that provides a broad engineering and biotechnology curriculum, while offering a focus on a specific engineering track that best fits students' interests and career choices. This combination gives our bioengineering graduates professional flexibility, a distinct competitive advantage in the ever-changing field of bioengineering.

Also of interest for prospective students is the Joint-Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Entrance requirements for the graduate program:

Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have a degree at the level of Bachelor or Master in engineering or basic/applied/health sciences. Requirements include basic knowledge of biology, math through ordinary differential equations, and some basic engineering courses (for example, fluid mechanics, properties of materials, thermodynamics, circuit theory). Students who do not meet all requirements may be admitted into the program pending the successful completion of courses aimed at the fulfillment of the requirements. Tufts will offer the opportunity for students accepted into the graduate program to attend courses specifically designed to provide appropriate background in areas such as biology, mathematics, circuit theory, chemical engineering, etc.

Core Courses – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Principles of Biomedical Engineering - The role of biomedical engineering in the diagnosis and treatment of various pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders.

Analytical Tools of Biomedical Engineering - Statistical methods of data analysis with emphasis upon biomedical applications.

Molecular Biotechnology - Overview of key aspects of molecular biology and engineering aspects of biotechnology. Topics include molecular biology, recombinant DNA techniques, immunology, cell biology, protein purification, fermentation, cell culture, combinatorial methods, bioethics, and bioinformatics.

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official GRE scores
    • GRE not required for current Tufts undergraduates applying to the M.S. degree program
    • GRE scores may be waived for part-time students with five years of industry experience who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Visit for complete details. If you believe you are eligible to have the GRE waived based on these requirements, please contact with the subject line “Engineering part-time Master's GRE requirement.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of Recommendation
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The Tufts University School of Engineering offers a rigorous engineering education in a unique environment that blends the intellectual and technological resources of a world-class research university ... Read More

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