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Prior to Spring 2012, the Master's-Plan B (no thesis) in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of at least 35 credits of coursework including the Plan B Project, and a project defense. (Students whose degrees were in-progress in Spring 2012 can decide whether to complete this curriculum or the new one.)
Full-time students are expected to complete the Master's degree within 2 years.
Part-time students are expected to take one to two courses per semester and to finish the Master's degree within 5 years.
M.S.-Plan B students are required to complete at least 35 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 5xxx 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. THREE 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.
TWO additional courses in fields of science or engineering field are required.
The free electives 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 B 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.).
*Part-time students do not need to submit the Graduate Degree Plan until one semester before they plan to complete the degree.
As part of the required 35 credits for the M.S.-Plan B degree, students must complete 2-3 credits of Plan B Project (BMEn 8820). The project must be done in collaboration with the advisor and documented with a report.
M.S.-Plan B students may register for Plan B Project credits during any semester, with the advisor's approval.
At least one month prior to the Final Examination/Project 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.
All M.S.-Plan B students must perform a Final Oral Examination in defense of the Plan B Project. The Master's defense is closed to the public. It is not restricted to a discussion of the project, 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, and other information that is essential for timely completion of the degree.
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).