BME Graduate Program: BSE/MS Fast Track

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Overview

In an effort to serve the highest achieving undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa, BME and the College of Engineering support a combined bachelor of science in engineering and master of science degree program (BSE/MS).  Students admitted to this program will be allowed to: apply three engineering courses (9 sh) towards both the BSE and MS degree requirements; take an additional 3 sh of graduate coursework before completing their BSE; and attend and participate in the departmental graduate seminar. The intent of the program is to allow an early entrance to graduate school for our most able students.

Students admitted to this program will be allowed to:

  • apply three engineering courses (9 sh) towards the requirement from both the BSE and MS in BME;
  • take an additional 3 sh of graduate coursework before completing their BSE;
  • attend and participate in the BME departmental graduate seminar; and
  • begin to work on master's thesis or course work starting as early as the summer following the junior year of undergraduate studies.

The intention of the program is to enhance the opportunities for graduate study for our most able students. 

Eligibility

Students applying to the BSE/MS program in Biomedical Engineering must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • a minimum of 80 semester credit hours completed towards their BSE degree;
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • identify a thesis or project mentor.

Admissions

The application is a two-step process.  First, submit the BME application and required materials (listed below) to the Department of Biomedical Engineering by May 1. After receiving departmental approval, please apply to The University of Iowa Graduate College through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Students are encouraged to begin the application in the spring of the junior year.  The Graduate Admissions application for the BSE/MS program, including final GRE scores, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions before the beginning of the senior year (summer or winter break). No official admission to the joint program will be made without the GRE scores.  Admission to the MS program is subject to review by the BME Director of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for the preliminary BME application:

  • The BSE/MS fast-track application form.
  • Transcript (a printout of the grade report is sufficient).
  • A letter of support from a faculty member willing to serve as research mentor and provide graduate research assistantship starting with the last semester of senior year and through the fifth year.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores (recommended, but not required at the time of the departmental application). Even if a student is approved by the department without GRE scores, it is required for admission by the graduate college. Therefore, the test must be taken by July 15th in the summer preceding the senior year and the scores submitted before beginning of the senior year. If GRE test scores are inadequate (the department recommends a score of 310 or higher on Verbal + Quantitative sections), the student may be asked to retake the test to obtain an adequate score for continuation in the program.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the graduate degree requires advice and approval from the student's graduate advisor and committee.

A student in the BSE/MS degree program must complete all the graduate requirements of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in BME.   However, 9 sh of courses may be counted toward both the BSE and MS degrees including Biostatistics, Human Physiology, and a 5000 level course from your BME track Requisites or Engineering Electives.  An additional 3 sh of graduate courses may be taken before BSE graduation. Thirty total semester hours of graduate credits are required, 24 sh of course work and 6 sh of either thesis or project credit.  Students entering the BSE/MS degree program are required to enroll in the BME engineering graduate seminar each semester during the graduate degree.

The MS must be completed within 2 years from completing the BSE degree. If a student withdraws from the joint BSE/MS joint degree program, or does not complete the MS two years after completing the BSE, no graduate credit will be given for any portion of the semester hours eligible for joint counting that have been completed.   

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is assessed at the undergraduate level during the undergraduate portion of the program. Graduate tuition will be assessed beginning the first semester after undergraduate commencement.

Research and/or Teaching Assistantships and other forms of financial aid are not routinely provided to BSE/MS students. However, students are encouraged to discuss this with their graduate advisor. 

Example Plan of Study

The following tables are examples of coursework by former BSE/MS graduates of BME.  Graduate courses often change.  Consequently, the current offering of graduate courses may not include courses in the tables below.  Refer to myui.uiowa.edu for up to date information. 

Table 1.  Example curriculum for a BSE/MS degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in cellular / tissue engineering. 

 

BSE sh

MS sh

Course Number

Course Name

3

3

STAT:3510

Biostatistics

3

3

HHP:3500

Human Physiology

3

3

ME:5113

Mathematical Methods in Engineering

 

3

MATH:3800

Numerical Analysis          

 

3

PATH:8133  

Introduction to Human Pathology

 

3

BME:4310  

Computational Biochemistry

 

3

BIOC:3110  

Biochemistry

 

3

BIOL:3120

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

 

6

BME:5999

BME Thesis

Who to Contact?

Joshua Lobb, Graduate Program Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering