Graduate Degree Programs

Master's ProgramsDoctoral Program

Learn more about the graduate programs offered by the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.  

Master's Programs


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Five-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The Five-year B.S./M.S. program allows qualified students to receive a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering in just five years. Students with qualifying grade-point averages enroll in the program during their junior year. They begin their thesis research the summer between their junior and senior years. Their research laboratory experience will continue during the summer between their senior and fifth years and throughout their fifth year, culminating in the preparation of a written thesis and defense.



Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Upon enrolling in the Master of Science program in Biomedical Engineering, a student selects one of four specializations. Faculty will design a curriculum and research program to address the specific goals of each student. Programs will include course work in engineering, biology, mathematics and medicine, all of which will be integrated with research laboratory experience.


Specializations include:

  • Bio-instrumentation/Computers
  • Biomechanics/Biomaterials
  • Rehabilitation Bioengineering
  • Systems Physiology

A master of science student must complete 24 credit hours of course work (including three credit hours of physiology) and six credit hours of thesis work. The student also must pass a comprehensive examination and submit an approved thesis.



Master of Science in Healthcare Technologies Management

The Healthcare Technologies Management Master of Science degree program is designed to provide students with greater professional, technical and managerial skills in healthcare institutions and medical device/equipment professions. Additionally, this program was the first of its kind in the U.S. to combine business, technology and healthcare as part of its core curriculum.



Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering is a non-thesis degree program that includes course work in existing biomedical engineering graduate programs of study, upper division undergraduate courses that carry graduate credit, course work taken outside the Biomedical Engineering Department offerings and a performance evaluation via a final written examination (capstone comprehensive written exam).


View the ME in BME Bulletin


Doctoral Program


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biomedical Engineering is a research degree that is intended to provide graduates with the breadth and depth of knowledge in one area of specialization within biomedical engineering, as well as the scientific research training needed for successful careers in academia, the biomedical industry or government. The research training process begins with the student working closely with his or her dissertation director and participating in his or her research program. Building on these experiences, the student begins to conduct independent research that eventually leads to an original contribution to the BME field. The strength and efficacy of the training process depend to a large extent on the direct interactions of the student with the dissertation director and on the time the student spends in the laboratory working on research. The importance of this research training to a Ph.D. is underscored in the following learning objectives that were developed to evaluate the efficacy of the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering:

  • Conduct independent research that reflects an original contribution to BME
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in at least one area of BME
  • Recognize the need to apply ethical principles in conducting research
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning by participating in local and national professional development activities on a continuing basis


Specializations include:

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Rehabilitation Bioengineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanics
  • Cellular and Molecular Engineering