Jun 13, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, MSBE

The Master of Science (MS) degree offered by the F. Joseph Halcomb III, MD, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Kentucky seeks to provide students with multidisciplinary experience in basic research, design, development, and practice. The program emphasizes the application of engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology. Students receive educational and research opportunities through the facilities and faculty of the department and its ideal geographic proximity and close ties to other units across the University, ranging from engineering to basic science to clinical departments.

Two options are available:

  • MS thesis (Option A): 30 credits of coursework plus a research thesis.
  • MS non-thesis (Option B): credits of coursework and a project report.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements of The Graduate School and are expected to hold a baccalaureate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program or its equivalent. Applicants with baccalaureates in non-engineering disciplines are considered on a case-by-case basis and may need to take supplementary coursework before official entry into the program; this can be determined by consulting the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

Admission to the graduate program normally requires a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate and undergraduate work, valid scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a statement of the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue graduate education in Biomedical Engineering, and letters of recommendation from three faculty members familiar with the applicant’s record. Satisfying the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program; at the same time, admission decisions are based on a holistic review of the application without regard to minimum grade or score requirements alone. Applications are reviewed by a committee of BME Faculty on a rolling basis.


Degree Requirements

Required coursework includes:


MS thesis (Option A):

  • A 30-credit core curriculum plus a thesis on original guided research.

MS non-thesis (Option B):

  • 31 credit hours of coursework and a project report.
  • Enrollment in the non-thesis option must be requested within the first 9 credit hours of graduate course work and approved by the DGS.
  • A Clinical Immersion program is offered under Option B, which provides enhanced experiential learning to prepare students for healthcare and related professions with unique competitive advantages.


For further information, contact the DGS at bmedgs@uky.edu or visit https://www.engr.uky.edu/research-faculty/departments/biomedical-engineering.