Master’s Degree

Master's in Biomedical Engineering

Advance your career through a specialized graduate curriculum that integrates knowledge from engineering with the biomedical sciences to advance medicine and research. 

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Program Overview

The master's program in biomedical engineering is designed to further your skills and understanding of engineering and life sciences, while encouraging you to explore specializations within the field. 

Students benefit from a variety of research opportunities, a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum. All graduate classes are offered in the evening, so that you can continue to work while pursuing your degree. Classes are also available to stream online for part-time students.

If you'd like to get more involved with research or teaching, graduate assistantships are available.

Biomedical Engineering Master's Program Options

You can earn your master of science in engineering degree with or without a thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as technical electives, including advanced courses in microscopic and medical imaging, medical instrumentation, nanotechnology, biomechanics, devices, and design. Students following the thesis option will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. Those not pursuing thesis will replace the 6-credit thesis with two technical electives.

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The online catalog also features School of Engineering educational objectives, academic policies, and more which can be accessed by clicking Academic Schools & Departments and selecting the School of Engineering.

You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization. Dual specialization is available within all engineering tracks.

Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration, this dual degree program gives you the inside track to emerging engineering leadership by offering technical training paired with advanced study in business and management.

In order to pursue this dual degree, you must apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

Learn more about the dual MSE/MBA program.

The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

Learn more about the engineering honors program

Admissions Requirements, Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Candidates should hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in closely related areas are also considered.
  • Candidates should hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an undergraduate program and scores from the GRE. The GRE requirement is optional for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above from an EAC/ABET accredited undergraduate program, applicants interested in pursuing the MSE part-time, and current Widener students applying to the 4+1 accelerated program.


The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis.

Application Materials

International Students

  • A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by WES.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores

Widener's goal is to provide you with the resources to succeed. Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered to qualified individuals enrolled in an engineering master’s program. Awards are competitive and additional stipends are available to students conducting research with faculty members. Applicants can indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship within their online application.

Anniversary Scholarship

The Anniversary Scholarship was created during the school's 150th anniversary to celebrate the long history of excellence in engineering education at Widener by supporting merit-based graduate scholarships for thesis students. The fund began with contributions from faculty and staff and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors.

Graduate Assistantships

Eligible students can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship. The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition assistance is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Lifting Barriers and Managing Costs

Widener’s graduate tuition rates are competitively priced. Loans, graduate assistantships, and payment plans—along with flexible full- and part-time study options—make it easy to finance your degree.  

Schedule an appointment with one of our Graduate Admissions Coaches to brainstorm a plan and troubleshoot anything from scheduling challenges to learning formats to financial scenarios.

More About Graduate Admissions Financial Aid

Biomedical Engineering Master's Program Highlights

Advance your career with a graduate degree that meets your needs. You'll benefit from a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum, while working with industry-shaping faculty and biomedical engineering professionals.

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College of Distinction for Engineering

Recognized for top quality teaching and successful outcomes.

Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide networking opportunities to students and support the school in its future growth and competitive development.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

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Flexibility for Working Professionals

Graduate classes meet one night per week and are streamed over the Internet live and archived for later viewing. This gives you a direct connection to faculty, and allows you to stay up-to-date with coursework while traveling or when unexpected work conflicts arise.

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Personal Classroom Experience

With small class sizes, you receive direct interaction with experienced faculty. You will learn from industry experts in the classroom and have the opportunity to work closely with classmates. In addition, the Graduate Program Office is always open in the evenings prior to class.

Clubs & Organizations

Biomedical engineering majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and many more.

Living Learning Communities (LLC)

The Engineering LLC provides freshman engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from Admissions after you've made your deposit describing how to complete the online housing application.


Meet the faculty who will help you continue to advance your career.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Continue to advance your engineering career with a post-graduate degree from Widener University.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Prosthetics
  • Research & development
  • Medical devices & implants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional careers (medical/law)

Industry Growth

Employment opportunities in biomedical engineering are expected to grow 6% by 2030. Increasing medical technologies and medical needs will require the services of biomedical engineers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Johnson and Johnson 
  • Merck

Student Stories

"Classes are small. So you can actually have that deep conversation with professors. It turns into an almost individual class and becomes better in the learning process."

Luis Aguilar

Class of 2017 and 2018

Take the Next Steps


Visit our online application system to complete your app and share supplemental materials. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.