Master’s Degree

Biomedical Engineering (MSE)

Advance your career through a specialized graduate curriculum that integrates knowledge from engineering with the biomedical sciences to enhance the quality of life. 

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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. Some of these classes are also available to stream online.

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

Program Options

You can earn a master's of science in biomedical engineering with or without a thesis. The program is tailored to meet the needs of your career.

  • Thesis option: You will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as technical electives including advanced courses in microscopic and medical imaging, medical instrumentation, nanotechnology, and biomechanics, devices and design. 
  • Non-thesis option: The 6-credit thesis is replaced with technical electives.

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

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited undergraduate program. 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).
  • The GRE is required of all full-time applicants, except those in the 4+1 program, and although the GRE is optional for part-time students, it may be helpful in the evaluation of credentials. The Quantitative Score on the GRE should be in the top 40% as noted on the score results.

Deadlines

The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis, but suggests 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester as a tentative deadline for application, to allow for any follow-up or additional information.

Supplemental Materials

Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs and the generosity of our university donors.

More about Graduate Admissions Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

You can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship.

Graduate students who accept the assistantship may not be employed elsewhere without prior consent of the advisor and director for graduate programs.

The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition reimbursement is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

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. It's not a traditional scholarship and will be awarded at the end of the year.

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.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and 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 the faculty. In class you'll learn from industry experts, research with faculty, and work with fellow classmates. In addition, the Graduate Program Office is always open in the evenings prior to class.

Faculty

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

James R. Peters
Assistant Professor

"My teaching philosophy is to foster curiosity, to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas, and to impart not just knowledge but an understanding of that knowledge and how it can be applied. It is my belief that students should be taught how to think and not what to think."

Sachin P. Patil
Associate Dean of School of Engineering

"At Widener, we are at the forefront of combining rigorous academics with experiential learning, and accordingly we train you in applying the unique chemical engineering knowledge to a wide variety of fields, ranging from chemicals and petrochemicals to more modern applications in bioengineering, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals."

Anita Singh
Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering

"Student learning is best nurtured in a problem-based learning environment. I attain this goal by exposing my students to hands-on experiences, not just in a classroom, but also outside of the class setting through clinical immersions."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

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

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • FDA, Elkton, MD
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Merck
  • Shriners
  • Bayer
  • GE Healthcare
  • Terum

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Medical devices and implants
  • Medical professional (MD, PhD)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research & development

Inudstry Growth

Employment opportunities in biomedical engineering are expected to grow by 7 percent by 2026. Increasing medical technologies and medical needs will require the services of biomedical engineers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the biomedical engineering program.

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

Luis's Story

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