ScM Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint venture by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering. The Program offers advanced training appropriate for careers in academia or industry in the field of biomedical engineering.

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.

Master's Program

  • Open to students with backgrounds in engineering, physics, applied math, or computer science. Students with degrees in the biological sciences require documented completion of coursework in these quantitative areas to be considered for the program. Students without this background, who are interested in applied sciences, should consider our sister program in Biotechnology.
  • Must fill out graduate school application, 3 letters of recommendation and indicate interest in Master's Program.
  • 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.
  • Must take 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.
  • 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.
  • Credit for graduate level courses taken at Brown or elsewhere not accepted or transferable.
  • Must choose a thesis advisor before start of first semester.
  • Submit final thesis, 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:

  • Thesis advisor
  • Two other Brown faculty (1 from Engineering and 1 from Biology/Medicine)

Part-Time Master's Track

The part-time track is designed with working students in mind who need the flexibility to take as few as one course per semester (while doing thesis work) and be regarded as part-time. Students in the part-time track have the same degree (credit and thesis) requirements and receive the same degree as the regular master's in Biomedical Engineering track. Students in the part-time track must maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Students in this track have the flexibility to go between part-time (1 course and thesis) and full-time (2+ courses and thesis) to suit their circumstance. Students in the part-time track work with the Master's Program Director and Graduate School to design a suitable course of study. Visa restrictions may apply to international applicants who are not lawful permanent residents of the U.S.

All current master's students should read and understand the rules associated with the BME ScM program at Brown, specifically in the area of course planning. If a change in your course of study is needed, please use the form below as a petition to the Director of the master's program.

Experiential Learning in Industry (ELI) Course 

The Experiential Learning in Industry (ELI) course is our program’s co-op course. Our BME master’s students have the opportunity to engage in six month paid positions at top pharmaceutical, device, and biotechnology companies, while earning a salary, gaining valuable industry experience, and earning course credit.