BME Program Guidelines

The University of Arizona biomedical engineering graduate program offers MS, accelerated MS and PhD degrees as well as a doctoral minor.

· Admissions
· Funding
· Academics Overview
· Research Focus Areas
· MS Requirements
· Accelerated MS Criteria
· PhD Requirements


Unparalleled Interdisciplinary Flexibility

Biomedical engineering graduate programs – with strong first-year support and ongoing mentoring – give students the freedom to tailor their degrees to individual career goals. Research opportunities range from infection diagnostics, drug delivery, disease prevention and detection, implants and tissue engineering to food and water contaminant detection.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

The strength of UA biomedical engineering graduate programs is rooted in wide-ranging research and areas of study.

Research Focus Areas

Cardiology and Surgery
Sensors and Implementation

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Research Focus Areas


Please apply to biomedical engineering graduate programs online through the UA Graduate College. The following application materials are required:

  • Official transcripts for bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or quantitative life, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, including Calculus I and II, ordinary differential equations, and at least one course in life science

  • Official transcripts of current Graduate Record Exam or GRE scores

  • One- to two-page personal statement describing your background, research interests and career goals

  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or individuals knowledgeable about your academic and scientific abilities (Recommenders will be sent an email requesting they upload letters to GradApp.)

  • For international applicants, TOEFL score of at least 600, and a Financial Guarantee statement

Visit the UA Graduate College for more information on recommended GRE test scores, essay requirements, format for letters of recommendation, required coursework and admissions contacts.



Doctoral students are guaranteed five years’ support while in the program. Funding for master's students is handled case by case.

Visit BME’s information on graduate student funding.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Students begin in fall only. Applications are accepted from October 1 through March 1.
  • Applications from domestic students are due by March 1 of the entrance year.
  • International student applications are due by December 1 of the previous year.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Academic Overview

Students in their first year rotate through faculty laboratories to identify the best matches for their research interests, and they take courses in advanced BME subjects. Continued studies include coursework in engineering and life sciences as well as research methods, research seminars, MS thesis or PHD dissertation.

All students are encouraged to participate in clinical and industrial internships that provide experience in applying biomedical engineering solutions.


MS Requirements

  • Total units – 30
  • Core biomedical engineering courses – 15 units
  • BME-approved ethics course – three units (minimum)
  • BME seminar – four units (maximum)
  • Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (BME 597G: lab rotations) – one unit
  • Graduate engineering, life or physical sciences, or mathematics courses – nine units
  • Thesis (BME 910) – six units

See the BME Graduate Student Handbook for details.


Accelerated MS Criteria

  • The Accelerated Master’s Program, or AMP, is available to exceptional UA Engineering students who wish to obtain MS degrees in biomedical engineering one year beyond their BS degrees. AMP is a terminal degree for students on career paths in industry or with medical research institutions. It is not intended for making progress toward any other degree, including a PhD in biomedical engineering.
  • Applications are accepted in the second semester of the junior year (with two full semesters remaining in undergraduate program). The deadline is February 1 for students expecting to graduate in May of the following year.
  • Nine units of advanced BME courses in the senior year apply toward the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • After completion of all BS requirements with at least a B in BME courses, graduate status is granted.
  • A master’s thesis or master’s report (does not require original laboratory research) must be completed.
  • Financial support from the program is not typically available to AMP students. Obtaining a relevant position – paid or for course credit (BME 693: Clinical/Industrial Internship) – at the UA or in industry is the best way to get the experience necessary for the master’s thesis or report. Unrelated outside employment is strongly discouraged.

Visit UA AMP Academic Policies for further information. 


PhD Requirements

  • Total units – 63, with regular grades (A, B)
  • Core biomedical engineering courses – 15 units
  • Major – 15 units
  • Minor – nine units (minimum)
  • BME approved ethics course – three units (minimum)
  • Seminar and student forums – six units
  • Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering (BME 597G: lab rotations) – two units
  • Dissertation (BME 920) – 18 units

A student with an MS may petition to apply previous coursework toward the PhD. However, at least 30 units of graduate credit must be completed at the University of Arizona.

PhD requirements and examination procedures are detailed in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.

Visit BME’s information on minoring in biomedical information.

contact Trisha Stanley, BME graduate program coordinator  •  520.626.9134  • email