Biomedical Engineering

Students choose the framework for their master's program from three tracks: master of science research, master of science design and master of science non-thesis track.

The Biomedical Engineering program at Brown provides cutting–edge, interdisciplinary, graduate–level education at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine.

The program features an interdisciplinary approach in four complementary research areas:

  • Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroengineering/Imaging
  • Biomaterials/Nanotechnology
  • Biomechanics

Research in these areas is advancing the understanding of fundamental problems in biology and medicine, while developing new therapies to improve the quality of life for people with medical problems.

The program is distinguished by its strong and collaborative connections between academic science, clinical medicine, and industry. Graduate students take engineering, biology and medical school courses, gain valuable clinical experience at nearby teaching hospitals associated with the Brown Medical School, and engage in stimulating internships at companies commercializing biomedical technologies. These opportunities, coupled with dissertation research, give graduate students both the intellectual and the practical skills required for developing today's emerging science into useful biomedical technology and therapies.

Students are able to customize their curriculum and can choose between 3 tracks:

  • Master of Science Research Track
  • Master of Science Design Track
  • Master of Science Non–Thesis Track

Admission Requirements

  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: November 15 (for spring 2022 entry); April 15 (for fall 2022 entry); Brown undergraduates may apply as a fifth-year master’s student through May 15, 2022.

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Sc.M. Completion Requirements

An approved program of study consists of eight semester courses. Courses must be structured, advanced level, and taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit. A thesis is required for the research and design tracks, but is not required for the non-thesis track. The Program Director endorses the student's proposed curriculum and chosen track.

Center for Biomedical Engineering
Brown University
Box G-B3
171 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02912
[email protected]

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Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering: Vicki Colvin

Director of Graduate Studies: Marissa Gray