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Effective Spring 2012, the Master's-Plan B (no thesis) in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of at least 29 credits of coursework, plus 2-3 Plan B Project credits and a final defense. (Click here for the old degree requirements.)
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 29 credits of coursework, which must include the following (click each item for more information):
Two credits of BMEn 8601 and/or BMEn 8602 are required. Seminars are 1 credit per semester and may be repeated for credit.
Graduate seminars from other departments/programs may NOT be substituted for this requirement.
Six credits of coursework with a primarily biological emphasis are required.
See the Biology Electives list for a selection of courses that have been approved for this requirement.
Biology elective credits must be at the 5000 level or higher unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Nine credits of technical electives are required. Three of these credits must include math-/stat-intensive coursework.
Technical elective credits must be at the 5000 level or higher unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Six additional credits in a field of science or engineering are required.
Some courses do not have sufficient technical/biology content to count toward those elective requirements - see the Free Electives list for courses that may only be counted toward the Free requirement.
Free elective credits 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.
In addition to the 29 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 of approximately 10 double-spaced pages per credit to the advisor, who will assign a letter grade for BMEn 8820 based on the report. The report must then be defended before the student's committee (see next sections).
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 must be 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.
Graduate degrees are awarded on the last working day of the month in which the candidate completes all requirements. The degree award will appear on the candidate's transcript approximately 3 weeks following the official conferral date. Diplomas are mailed within 4-6 weeks of the official conferral date.
The Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement is held each spring. Students wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony must apply to do so by the posted deadlines. See http://gradcommencement.umn.edu/ for information, eligibility requirements, cap and gown information, and additional details.
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the policies and procedures set forth by the Graduate School for degree completion. The following resources will be of use to students: