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Prior to Spring 2012, the Master's-Plan A (with thesis) in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of at least 25 credits of coursework, plus 10 thesis credits and a final defense. (Students whose degrees were in-progress in Spring 2012 can decide whether to complete this curriculum or the new one.)
Students are expected to complete the Master's degree within 2 years.
M.S.-Plan A students are required to complete at least 25 credits of coursework, which must include the following (click each item for more information):
Choose TWO courses from the following list:
If additional core courses are completed, they may be counted toward other degree requirements.
TWO semesters of the BME Graduate Seminar (BMEn 8601/8602) are required. Click here for the current seminar schedule. Other graduate seminars, Grand Rounds, etc., may not be substituted for this requirement.
ONE course in statistics is required. Recommended courses are:
The statistics course must be at the 5000 level or higher, unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
TWO courses with a primarily biological emphasis are required.
This category may include BMEn 5501 - Biology for Biomedical Engineers, as well as courses from several other departments (e.g., Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, etc.).
All biology electives must be at the 5000 level or higher unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Technical electives are courses offered in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics. TWO of these courses are required, ONE of which must be in engineering.
Courses outside of CSE with content predominantly in engineering, physical sciences, and/or mathematics may be counted toward this requirement with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.
All technical electives must be at the 5000 level or higher unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
ONE additional course in a science or engineering field is required.
The free elective must be at the 5000 level or higher unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
The M.S. electives (Biology, Technical, Free) must include a minimum of 6 credits of minor or supporting program coursework. This coursework must be completed outside BME in engineering, mathematics, the physical sciences, and/or the biological sciences.
By the end of the first academic year of study, M.S. students should submit a Graduate Degree Plan to the advisor, DGS, and Graduate School for approval. The Graduate Degree Plan is the formal statement of the coursework being used to satisfy degree requirements.
Along with the Graduate Degree Plan, students should also submit the M.S.-Plan A Supplement for review by the DGS. The supplement is an internal form that shows which courses are being used toward the specific degree requirements set by the department (core courses, bio/tech electives, etc.).
In addition to the 25 credits of coursework, M.S.-Plan A students must complete 10 thesis credits (BMEn 8777). The thesis must be based on research done by the student in collaboration with his/her advisor.
Thesis credits cannot be transferred from other institutions and cannot be used toward the minimum coursework requirements for the degree.
Master's students may register for thesis credits during any semester, with the advisor's approval.
Upon completion of all M.S. coursework and thesis credits, students are eligible for Advanced Master's Status and, with approval of the advisor and DGS, can maintain their full-time student status by registering for just one credit of BMEn 8333 (FTE: Master's). This registration category is only intended for advanced M.S. students who have completed all required coursework and thesis credits but are still working full-time on the research or writing of the thesis.
The Application for Advanced Master's Status must be submitted to the BME office prior to each semester in which the student plans to register for BMEn 8333. Pay special attention to the application deadlines posted on the form!
At least one month prior to the Final Examination/Thesis Defense, students must assign their examination committee members online by going to the Graduate School's Forms for Master's Students and clicking on "Master's Final Examination Committee."
Committee requirements are posted on the Graduate School website at http://www.grad.umn.edu/students/masterscommittee.
Upon completion of the thesis and with the approval of the committee, all M.S.-Plan A students must perform a Final Oral Examination in defense of the thesis. The Master's defense must be closed to the public. It is not restricted to a discussion of the thesis, but will include questions related to coursework in the major and minor/supporting fields.
Students should be sure to consult the Graduate School's Information for Current Master's Students (opens in new window). This website includes links to forms, timelines, completion and graduation procedures, thesis submission guidelines, and other information that is essential for timely completion of the degree.
MS-Plan A Requirements
Additional details about our MS and PhD programs, course lists, and requirements are distributed to new students in the BME Grad Program Handbook. The Handbook is updated every summer. Students should consult the Handbook for the year in which they were admitted to the program. (Handbook links will open in a new tab/window.)
If your Handbook is not listed above, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator (612-624-8396, firstname.lastname@example.org).