University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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M.S.-Plan B Degree Requirements

The Master's-Plan B (project) in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of at least 28 credits of coursework, plus 2-3 Plan B Project credits and a final defense.

Full-time students are expected to complete the Master's degree within 1.5 years.

Part-time students are expected to take one to two courses per semester and to finish the Master's degree within 5 years.

Course Credits

M.S.-Plan B students are required to complete at least 28 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.
Free Science/ Technical Electives
Courses in any field of science or engineering; also may include coursework in other relevant areas, such as public policy, ethics, etc.
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.


Project, Defense, and Graduation

In addition to the 28 course credits for the M.S.-Plan B degree, students must complete 2-3 credits of Plan B Project (BMEn 8820). The project should entail approximately 50-75 hours of work per credit, performed in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Students must submit a written report to the advisor, who will assign a letter grade for BMEn 8820 based on the report. M.S.-Plan B students may register for Plan B Project credits during any semester, with the advisor's approval.

Upon completion of the project and with approval of the committee reviewers, the student must complete a project defense, which is closed to the public. The final version of the project report is submitted to the department electronically, after all required revisions 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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