University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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M.S.-Plan A Degree Requirements

The Master's-Plan A (thesis) in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of at least 20 credits of coursework, plus 10 thesis credits and a final defense.

Students are expected to complete the Master's degree within 2 years.

Course Credits

M.S.-Plan A students are required to complete at least 20 credits of coursework as indicated below. All electives must be at the 5000 level or higher. Consult the Course Lists page for lists of courses that have been approved for each requirement.

BMEn Core
Must be chosen from the BMEn Core lists (5000- and/or 8000-level).
BMEn 8601 and/or BMEn 8602. Seminars are 1 credit per semester and may be repeated for credit.
Biology Electives
Courses with primarily biological content.
Technical Electives
Courses in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics.
INCLUDED in the Core, Technical, and/or Free coursework must be at least 3 credits approved as math-/stat-intensive. These are not additional credits - they will overlap with other course requirements.


Master's Thesis, Defense, and Graduation

In addition to the 20 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. Master's students may register for thesis credits during any semester, with the advisor's approval.

Upon completion of the thesis and with approval of the committee reviewers, the student must complete a thesis defense, which is closed to the public. The final written thesis is submitted to the University electronically, after all revisions required by the examination committee have been made.

Graduate degrees are awarded on the last working day of the month in which the candidate completes all requirements. In the spring of each year, eligible students may elect to participate in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony.


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