MS in Biomedical Engineering

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Program Overview

Biomedical Engineers with a graduate degree are needed more than ever due to the growing demand for novel medical devices and healthcare solutions. The study of biomedical engineering spans the academic disciplines of physiology, biology, biochemistry, informatics, data science, biomechanics, biomaterials, and engineering design. Biomedical engineers apply a diverse skillset to create solutions to continuing worldwide health issues, accelerate efficiency, and expand options as to how patients are treated.

Located in the middle of a thriving life-science corridor in the Northeast, Fairfield University’s Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering is a degree that focuses on the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine or biology for healthcare. In this program, students will gain theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning and practical application from industry, thus preparing graduates to become leaders in the field. In addition to the program’s alignment with the University’s Jesuit mission of developing women and men for others, successful biomedical engineers graduate with strong skills in analytical thinking, creativity, communication, working collaboratively, and problem-solving. Graduates from the program are prepared to work in a range of industries from medical devices, to biotechnology, to biomechanical, and pharmaceutical companies.

Industry at a Glance

$92,620

Median Salary
— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

6%

Projected Job Growth Over the Next 10 Years
— Median Salary for Computer Engineer

#5

in Best Engineering Jobs
— U.S. News & World Report

Requirements & Curriculum

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering or a similar degree from other universities apply through the graduate admissions website. Upon admission, 30 credits are required as per the programmatic details below in order to be awarded the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering.

The yearlong (two-semester) thesis option provides MS in Biomedical Engineering Students with the opportunity to pursue advanced research with a faculty advisor. The Non-Thesis option consists of 30 credits of coursework. Program requirements for both options are described below.

Required Courses

Advanced Experimental Design in Biomedical Engineering
Graduate-level Applied Statistics I
OR
Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Four (4) Biomedical Engineering elective courses
Thesis I
Thesis II
Two (2) graduate-level courses from Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Management of Technology with approval from the program director
Advanced Experimental Design in Biomedical Engineering
Graduate-level Applied Statistics I
OR
Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Five (5) Biomedical Engineering elective courses
Three (3) graduate-level courses from Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Management of Technology with approval from the program director

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

Five-Year Biomedical Engineering

Fairfield University School of Engineering offers a five-year accelerated bachelor’s/master’s in Biomedical Engineering for undergraduates enrolled in the program. This dual degree program reduces the time to obtain a master’s degree by at least a year and provides the experiential learning through research and design projects giving graduates the credentials needed to prepare for a broad range of careers. Upon completing the program, graduates gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to solve the next generation of complex healthcare problems.

Fairfield University undergraduate Biomedical engineering students may request a change of status to the Five-Year MS in Biomedical Engineering plan of study during or prior to their junior year. Admitted students are advised to consult with their advisor to select two undergraduate major electives (6 credits total) at the 5000 level in order to earn six credits towards the MS program’s Biomedical Engineering electives. During the fifth year of study, Fairfield University BME graduates will be required to take the remaining 24 credits to complete the MS in Biomedical Engineering.

For more information, contact Susan Freudzon at sfreudzon@fairfield.edu.

School of Engineering Admission

Applicants for the MS in Biomedical Engineering must hold a degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering.

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Through Fairfield's MS in Biomedical Engineering program, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career. Examples of employment opportunities for master's degree holders in data science include:

  • Biomaterials Developer
  • Biomedical Scientist/Researcher
  • Medical Technology Developer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

The GREs are not required. We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs.

Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who are fully employed will find the scheduling of our courses compatible with their work requirements.

Several of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for three hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from less than 12 to 20.

Yes. To be considered for admission, an undergraduate degree specifically in biomedical engineering, bioengineering or “a” related field is required. Students with degrees in Mechanical, Chemical, or Electrical Engineering are welcome to apply and any necessary bridge courses will be determined by the program director.

For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students who attend full-time may take 12-15 credits per semester and are able to complete the program in 1 – 2 years. All students are required to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

A limited number of part-time assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students.

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