University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Combined B.Bm.E./M.S. Degree Requirements

The combined BBmE/MS degree is designed to be completed in five total years. It requires completion of

Students are highly encouraged to find and complete an internship for credit as part of the MS-Plan B degree, but an internship is not required.

Program Structure

Below is the basic structure of the five-year program. Click on each bar for a list of the general requirements to be completed during the given year(s).

Years 1-3 (Freshman-Junior)


Regular BBmE Undergraduate Curriculum

  • BMEn 1xxx-, 2xxx-, and 3xxx-level coursework

  • College of Science and Engineering requirements

  • Liberal Education requirements

Summer after Year 3


Application to Combined BBmE/MS Program


Year 4 (Senior)

Complete the BBmE Curriculum (approximately 15 credits per semester)

Additional Graduate Coursework (3-4 credits per semester; still paying undergraduate tuition rates)

  • 8xxx-level Internship and/or other course(s) required for the MS-Plan B

  • This coursework will transfer to the Master's degree and cannot under any circumstances be counted toward undergraduate requirements

GRADUATION - Congratulations on earning your BBmE degree!

Summer after Year 4


Although not required, students in the combined program are highly encouraged to complete a non-credit internship or gain other relevant work experience between Years 4 and 5.

Visit the Career Center for Science and Engineering for internship search strategies, workshops, and other helpful information.

NOTE: The department does not place students in internships. It is up to each individual student to find and secure a position.


Year 5 (Master's)

Complete Remaining Master's-Plan B Requirements (begin paying graduate tuition rates)

  • BMEn Core Courses and Seminars

  • Statistics

  • Biology, Technical, and Free Electives

  • Plan B Project

  • Final Oral Examination (Project Defense)

GRADUATION - Congratulations on earning your Master's degree in BME!


Sample Plans

The following documents show examples of Years 4 and 5 of the Combined BBmE/MS Degree Program, both with and without the optional internship.

Application Information

For information on program eligibility, application instructions, etc., please click here.

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Combined BBmE/MS Application Information

MS-Plan B Requirements

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If you can't find the information you're looking for here or on the BBmE/MS application information page, you may contact the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator:

Rachel Jorgenson
Graduate Program Coordinator