Press Release

University of Maryland Bioengineering Master's Program Meets National Need for Top Jobs in the Next Decade

Clark School of Engineering Program is Available On-Campus and 100% Online


Paul Easterling
(301) 405-3017

COLLEGE PARK, Md.–The faculty of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering have developed an online master’s degree program to better meet the needs of working bioengineers in the Washington, D.C., Metro area, across the United States and world-wide.

“Long before recent news articles listed bioengineers as one of the highest demand jobs for the next decade, we saw the signs and began the process to create this new master’s program in bioengineering to meet the national need for exceptionally skilled engineering and technology professionals,” said William Bentley, Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. “Being located inside the Capital Beltway and so close to major biotechnology research institutions gives us a unique opportunity to understand their needs and to service the large number of engineers, researchers, and medical professionals who have a desire to further their education in bioengineering and add more specialization to their background.”

Industries and institutions served by the new program include: the chemical and materials, healthcare, biotechnology, electronics and devices, and defense and security industries, as well as federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization and various intelligence agencies.

The new program takes advantage of the Clark School’s key strengths: its research and its experimental facilities. Students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Bioengineering will gain the knowledge base and skill sets to quantitatively measure and rationally manipulate cells, tissues and integrated systems.

The curriculum will consist of seven core courses (Rate Processes in Biological Systems, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics, Quantitative Cell Physiology, Transport Phenomena in Bioengineering Systems, Physiological Evaluation of Bioengineering Designs, Modern Methods of Drug Delivery, Biomedical Optics, Biosensor Techniques and Tissue Engineering) and three elective courses. There is no thesis work required for the Master of Engineering degree and students will select electives, in consultation with the graduate director, to customize their education to meet their career needs.

“The Master of Engineering degree is applicable to engineering professionals as well as post-baccalaureate students who are preparing to apply to medical schools and others who can benefit from a highly focused and customizable graduate degree,” said Peter Kofinas, professor, associate chair, and director of graduate students in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. “The flexibility to choose courses and delivery methods sets us apart for professionals who are working full-time or may not be close to campus.”

Drawing upon the Clark School’s Distance Education Technology and Services unit, the new program is able to offer working engineers and technical professionals access to the coursework and faculty at the forefront of biotechnology.

“An online degree program ensures that both existing bioengineers and engineers from other disciplines wishing to transition to this high-demand field have an opportunity continue their education from anywhere and on their schedule,” said George Syrmos, executive director of the Office of Advanced Engineering Education at the Clark School.

The online master of engineering degree offers the same high level of education and training experienced by full-time, on-campus students. Delivering a truly interactive, virtual-classroom experience that allows for communication with faculty and other students and facilitates the formation of project groups, this online master's program is structured so that what students learn can be immediately beneficial in the workplace.

The Clark School of Engineering has a long history of developing online graduate-level programs that will meet the increasing market demand for niche engineering disciplines (i.e. fire protection engineering, reliability engineering, energetic concepts, nuclear engineering, sustainable energy engineering and project management). The new online master of engineering and graduate certificate in bioengineering are the latest offerings both on-campus and online through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education (

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities.

Our broad spectrum of academic programs, including the world’s only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program, is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions.

The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. From the universal product code to satellite radio, SMS text messaging to the implantable insulin pump, our students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at