University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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MD/MS in Biomedical Engineering

The Medical Doctor/Master of Science (MD/MS) in Biomedical Engineering is a five-year dual-degree program for medical students with background and interest in medical careeers within the biomedical engineering/healthcare industry.

This program prepares new physicians as opinion leaders and bridge builders between medicine and technology in the evolving biomedical engineering/healthcare industry, a field that applies high-tech research to improvements in health.

Students in the MD/MS program complete all requirements for both degrees in five years.

Years 1 and 2 - MD first- and second-year curriculum >

Year 3 - BME MS curriculum

Years 4 and 5 - MD third- and fourth-year curriculum >

Prerequisites/Criteria for Admission

To be considered for the MD/MS program, students must first be admitted to or enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

A baccalaureate degree in engineering or in a physical or biological science is required.

Applicants with an engineering degree do not need to complete any specific coursework prior to applying.

Applicants without an engineering degree must complete some prerequisite coursework, preferably prior to submitting the MD/MS application. Students may apply with prerequisite courses still in-progress but should be aware that a decision on the application will likely be delayed until final grades are posted. Prerequistes for non-engineers are

How to Apply

Interested students must first apply to the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Students may then submit the online MD/MS application any time through March 31 of their second year in the University of Minnesota's MD program.

MD admissions decisions are determined by the Medical School. Individuals who are admitted to the MD program are then eligible to be considered for the MD/MS dual-degree program by the MD/MS Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of faculty from the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School.

Applicants will be notified of their MD/MS status by no later than April 15 of their second year in the MD program.

Financial Support

Students admitted to the MD/MS program will be awarded a Scott D. and Susan D. Augustine Biomedical Engineering Research Fellowship during their year of MS matriculation. The 12-month fellowship, administered by the University's Institute for Engineering in Medicine, provides a stipend, health benefits, and full tuition coverage. Up to three students may be supported on the Augustine Fellowship in a given year.


If you can't find the information you need on this page, please contact the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program Coordinator, Rachel Jorgenson, at