The MS course requirement consists of mandatory core courses as well as restricted and unrestricted elective courses. Students can download the PDF iconms-plan-of-study.pdf to help plan their degree requirements.

Core Courses

All of the following three courses must be completed in order to fulfill the core course requirement.

  • BIOE 601: Rate Processes in Biological Systems
  • BIOE 604: Transport Phenomena in Bioengineering Systems
  • BIOE 612: Physiological Evaluation of Bioengineering Designs

Restricted Elective Course

One of the following courses (3 credits) must be completed in order to fulfill the restricted elective course requirement.

  • BIOE 602: Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
  • BIOE 611: Tissue Engineering
  • BIOE 631: Biosensor Instrumentation and Techniques
  • BIOE 632: Biophotonic Imaging and Microscopy
  • BIOE 689A: Protein Design and Engineering
  • BIOE 689D: Computational Molecular Bioengineering
  • BIOE 689J: Bioengineering Devices for Cancer Research
  • BIOE 689T: Biomaterials in Immunology and Immunotherapy

Unrestricted Elective Courses

Four unrestricted elective courses (12 credits), in topics such as engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science must be completed. These courses can be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Program and/or Faculty Research Advisor.

Typical Course Timeline

Semester 1

  • BIOE 601 (3 credits)
  • BIOE 604 (3 credits)
  • BIOE 612 (3 credits)

Semester 2

  • BIOE 799 (1 credit)
  • Restricted Elective (3 credits)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)

Semester 3

  • BIOE 799 (1 credit)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)
  • Unrestricted Elective (3 credits)

Semester 4

  • BIOE 799 (4 credits)

Transfer of Credit for the Master’s Degree

  • No more than six credit hours of graduate work may be transferred from another institution, unless the program has special approval by the Graduate Council. When changing programs within the University of Maryland, the student may request inclusion of credits earned at the University of Maryland. When moving from non-degree to degree-seeking status, Advanced Special Students may transfer up to twelve (12) graduate credits to the degree program, subject to the approval of the Graduate Program.
  • The advisor and Graduate Director will need to certify that transfer courses are applicable to the student's program and, for non-University of Maryland courses, that the courses have been revalidated.
  • Credit must have been granted by a regionally accredited U.S. institution or foreign university. If the latter, evaluation by the staff of the International Education Services and the Graduate School is required.
  • The courses must be graduate level and have been taken for graduate credit at the original institution.
  • The student must have earned a grade of "B-" or better in the course.
  • The credit must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree.
  • The student must furnish an official transcript to the Graduate School.
  • Transfer work satisfies only the 400-level requirements for the master's degree and does not apply to the upper-level requirements.

The transfer course work must have been taken within seven years of the award of a University of Maryland Master's degree for which the student is currently enrolled (all other course work must be taken within five years of the award of Master's degree.)

A student seeking acceptance of transfer credit is advised to submit the necessary transcripts and certification of program approval to the BIOE Graduate Office as promptly as possible for its review and decision.  A Transfer or Inclusion of Credit Form (PDF) is available online on the Graduate School's web site.