Masters Program Guidelines

Program Requirements

The following list is an overview of the requirements for the Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering. For more specific details, please refer to the Graduate Program Guidelines.

  • Must complete a minimum of 8 tuition units (e.g. 8 courses, not more than 3 of which are for thesis research) is required for master's degree.
    • Credit for graduate level courses taken at Brown or elsewhere not accepted or transferable.
  • Must complete an approved set of courses, at least 5 structured (not seminar, not independent study) advanced-level (1000 or 2000) biology and engineering courses, at least 2 in biology and at least 2 in engineering.
    • Do not register to audit a course. If you do, you will be charged for the course. An audited course does not count towards your degree.
    • Do not register for BIOL 2230 or BIOL 2240: Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Seminar Course. If you register for BIOL 2230 or 2240, you will be charged for the course, and it will not count towards your degree.
    • A Master's student taking 2 or more courses per semester is considered a full-time student. Any student taking 1 course per semester is considered a part-time student for that semester. Part-time status can have implications for student loan repayments and visa status of international students.
  • Must complete ethics training module.
  • Must receive a grade of B or better, courses must be taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit.
  • Must choose a thesis advisor before start of first semester.
  • Must present work as a seminar and pass final oral examination by Thesis Committee.
    • The Thesis Committee is jointly selected by the student and the advisor. It consists of the thesis advisor and two other Brown faculty (1 from the School of Engineering and 1 from the Division of Biology and Medicine)
  • Must submit final thesis according to the Master's Thesis Guidelines.

Typical 2-year Program Timeline:

    Important 2018-2019 Dates and Links for Incoming 2-year Masters Students

    DEADLINES and LINKS DATES
    Registration for 1st semester 9/4
    Finalize semester schedule (shopping period ends) 9/20
    Finalize choice of thesis advisor 10/5
    Registration for 2nd semester 11/6-11/13
    Classes of the 2nd semester begin 1/23
    Finalize semester schedule (shopping period ends) 2/5
    Registration for 3rd semester 4/16-4/23

     

    Important 2018-2019 Dates for Concluding 2-year Masters Students

    DEADLINES and LINKS

    DATES
    Finalize semester schedule (shopping period ends) 9/20
    Registration for final semester 11/6-11/13
    Classes of the spring semester begin 1/23
    Confirm thesis committee with Masters Program Director 2/1
    Finalize semester schedule (shopping period ends) 2/5
    Schedule defense 2/8
    Submit written thesis to committee Two weeks before YOUR defense
    Apply to graduate 5/1
    Submit thesis to grad school 5/3

     

    Before coming to Brown

    • Admitted Students Guide
    • Finding a research advisor:
      • Any of our core faculty or affiliated faculty can be a research advisor. The core faculty page can be sorted by research interests.
      • Descriptions of projects recruiting Masters students are available from the Masters Program Director.
      • Students can also search on Researchers @ Brown for other research interests.
      • Students are encouraged to reach out to faculty ASAP to inquire about availability in their lab and setting up an interview.

     

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