Master's Degree

Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description:

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is offered through a joint graduate program with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). A matrix of academic tracks is offered based on segments of biomedical engineering and/or areas of clinical emphasis. Specifically, the program has emphases in the following areas: biomaterials, biomechanics, and bioimaging. The biological areas covered are orthopedics/dental tissues, cardiovascular systems, and neurological systems.

Why pursue an M.S.in Biomedical Engineering?

  • Interfacing Engineering/Science with Medicine
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Cutting-edge technology with translational research

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Degree Requirements: Typically, a Master’s degree program of study will consist of at least 30.5 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total.

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: General GRE Required

Resume: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required attesting to the applicant's readiness for graduate study. 

Statement of Purpose: Yes- must include the applicant's research experience, interests, and goals.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Degree Requirements:

Typically, a Master’s degree program of study will consist of at least 30.5 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate courses, general education courses, and prerequisites for graduate courses cannot be counted toward this total.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Fall- July 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Mark Appleford, Ph.D.
Email: Mark.Appleford@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-4528

Degree Website: http://engineering.utsa.edu/bme/BME_program/

Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COE/bmedept.html#msbme

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Career Options Available for a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering Graduate:

Ph.D. students have the option to continue their training as a post-doc for a year or 2 after completion of the program before seeking a faculty position in an academic institution. Other students may apply for positions with the biomedical industries or the federal agencies (FDA, etc) after graduation. Graduates from our M.S. program have the option to apply to Ph.D. programs in BME or to the medical school. Like the Ph.D. students, the M.S. students may also apply for positions with the biomedical industries or the federal agencies (FDA, etc) after graduation.

Funding Opportunities:

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

  • This program is housed primarily on UTSA’s Main campus with some courses offered at the UTHSCSA.
  • All Biomedical Engineering courses are offered during the day.

Research taking place in the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering program:

Multidisciplinary research is mostly translational, with applications in medicine. Current students in the program perform research on biomaterials, biomechanics, or bioimaging, with applications in orthopedics, cardiovascular, or neurology. Examples of current research areas of focus are tissue engineering and drug deliveries for bone and cardiovascular applications, Brain MRI, bone mechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, dental materials, biosensors, cellular engineering, and tissue-implant interfaces.