Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)

General

Program Description

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is designed to prepare students to apply engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology; to understand and model attributes of living systems, and to synthesize biomedical systems and devices in order to improve human health.

The program is strongly interdisciplinary, as students choose from a large array of areas of study across the university, such as biology, public health, and regulatory affairs.

Course topics may also include: cancer therapy, cardiac electrophysiology, biosensors, microfluidics, medical imaging and image analysis, optogenetics, robotics and ultrasound applications in medicine.

With the university's central location in Washington, DC, students are able to take full advantage of opportunities available at nearby research and government institutions, including the GW Hospital, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Children's National Medical Center.

Program Requirements

  • Credit hours: 30
  • Thesis and non-thesis options: Students may choose to complete the final 6 credit hours through a thesis or coursework.
  • Duration: Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time)

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Admissions Requirements

  • Preferred bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Admission may still be offered with a condition of taking deficiency courses during first semester.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) achieved at the time of bachelor's degree conferral.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.

All applicants - first-time or transfers - to a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program at the School of Engineering & Applied Science must meet the admissions requirements to be considered for any of the programs at SEAS.

Application Checklist

Applicants must provide the following materials to be considered for any graduate program at SEAS:

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. GRE exam scores
    • International applicants: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee

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English Language Exam Requirements
  • All visa-seeking international applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores to SEAS to be considered for admission.
  • Please provide only your most recent test scores. Scores may not be more than two years old.
Minimum Score Requirements

IELTS

  • 6.0 overall with no individual score below 5.0.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.

TOEFL

  • 80 on the Internet exam (iBT) or 550 on the paper exam
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet exam.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the Internet-based exam.

PTE Academic

  • 53. Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a minimum score of 68.
Exceptions

Exceptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located

  • Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution located in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption.

Last updated September 2019

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