Biomedical Engineering focuses on technology and processes that medical professionals use and apply to solve complex health problems. Biomedical engineers have a huge impact on how, when, where and why medical care is delivered.
Master's Degrees in Arts in the Shelby USA. Biomedical Engineering focuses on technology and processes that medical professionals use and apply to solve complex health problems. Biomedical engineers have a huge impact on how, when, where and why medical care is delivered. You can find them doing things like designing new implants for patients with hip fractures, developing tools that can detect minor heart attacks before they magnify into ventricular fibrillation, and developing the means to deliver drugs to cure local infections or to maintain blood sugar levels in diabetes.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Memphis and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, participate in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. The Joint Program offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering. Students may elect courses of study in the following areas: biomaterials/drug delivery, biomechanics, biosensors, cardiopulmonary engineering, cell and tissue engineering, electrophysiology, medical imaging, and orthopedic biomechanics.
All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School and the program requirements of the degree being pursued.
Applicants must have taken the ETS® GRE® revised General Test within five years of the application date. The GRE revised General Test is a third-party evaluative tool administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) organization. Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency. The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459.
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All college transcripts and test score information should also be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. The Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in the Herff College of Engineering require three (3) three letters of recommendation from separate evaluators attesting to qualifications for successfully undertaking graduate studies. in order to consider your application complete.
The evaluators/faculty members who you choose should be individuals that you believe are best able to comment objectively on your intellectual and professional achievements and potential.
We may call or write your recommenders for more information.
Evaluation of Credentials: Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials evaluated. Evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (http://www.naces.org) are acceptable. A course-by course report is required and must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the credentialing agency.
English Conditional Admission: International students are required to demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language before admission into graduate programs. Conditional admission may be granted depending on individual academic departmental policy. If English conditional admission is offered, students will need to register for English skills assessment and take instructional sessions (if required as a result of that assessment) through the University's Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program (www.memphis.edu/iei). Upon successful completion of the requisite sessions, as determined by IEI, the student's English skills will be considered up to standard and the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived depending on specific academic department policy. The student can then proceed into their graduate academic program. Please note that in order to have a complete application packet, students seeking English conditional admission will need to simultaneously apply for the IEI program through the link above and to the Graduate School (http://www.memphis.edu/graduateadmissions).
Please note that a student cannot be a graduate assistant (GA) until she/he has been fully admitted to the Biomedical Engineering graduate program. Questions can be directed to the program's graduate coordinator. Students will pay IEI fees until they meet the language criterion. If courses are taken outside of IEI, the student will be charged additional tuition at the regular rate.
MS Degree Program
Program objectives are:
(1) ability to apply advanced knowledge of engineering principles, physical and biological sciences and mathematics to the solution of practical engineering problems in medicine and biology;
(2) meet or exceed the needs and expectations of public and private sector employers for MS graduates; and
(3) preparation to pursue additional advanced studies if so desired.
A. Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements of the two universities and the Herff College of Engineering, applicants must meet the following criteria:
An appropriate bachelor’s degree (biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, or others as defined by the Joint Program);
An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00;
Acceptable scores on the GRE.
Applicants whose native language is other than English must score at least 550 (or 210 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
These are the minimum program admission requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the Joint Program. Applicants are further advised that the department reserves the right to deny some applications for admission because of limited availability of faculty or physical facilities to accommodate the applicant’s research interests. In unusual circumstances where the above admission requirements cannot be met, an applicant may seek exceptions by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the Joint Program.
B. Graduation Requirements
Students may elect to graduate from the Joint Program with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering through either a thesis or a project option.
Thesis Option: Students must complete 30 credit hours, 21 hours of which must be 7000-level or higher course work (or The University of Tennessee equivalent). All students are required to take 6 credit hours in the life sciences area (BIOM 7004 and BIOM 7005), 6 credit hours in mathematics and its applications (BIOM 7101 and another course selected from a list of mathematics courses approved by the Joint Program), 6 credit hours of thesis, and 12 credit hours of engineering electives, of which one course must be BIOM 7209 or BIOM 7105. Oral defense of the thesis to their graduate committee and an oral exam are required. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
Project Option: Students will be required to complete 33 credit hours, 24 hours of which must be 7000-level or higher course work (or The University of Tennessee equivalent). All students are required to take 6 credit hours in the life sciences area (BIOM 7004 and BIOM 7005), 6 credit hours in mathematics and its applications (BIOM 7101 and another course selected from a list of mathematics courses approved by the Joint Program), and 18 credit hours of engineering electives, including BIOM 7209 and BIOM 7991. Oral defense of the project to their graduate committee and a written comprehensive exam are required.
C. Retention Policy
Students who have been admitted to the program on the condition that they complete prerequisite course work must make satisfactory progress toward this goal each semester of enrollment. Failure to make satisfactory progress may result in dismissal from the program.
All students are required to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00. Failure to maintain the minimum GPA is considered sufficient cause for being dismissed from the program. In addition, a student whose GPA falls below 3.0 is ineligible for a graduate assistantship.
Students will be permitted two (2) grades of 2.00 or less in courses taken at the two universities. Students will be evaluated by the Joint Program faculty at the end of the semester in which a third grade of 2.00 or lower is earned for possible dismissal from the program.
Memphis is a leader in the biomedical industry, employing close to 57,000 professionals across 1,000 establishments. Ten percent of our city's total employment is dedicated to the biomed field (30% higher than the national average). Job prospects are excellent, and earning potential will remain high as the demand for more biomedical engineers is expected to spike because the population of baby boomers are entering their golden years. Biomedical engineers typically work in industries, hospitals, and inside research labs of government, academic and industrial institutions. They might also work for government regulatory agencies.