The Fischell Department of Bioengineering’s combined B.S./M.S. program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in approximately five and a half years by double counting graduate coursework toward the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Ideal candidates for this program are top undergraduate students interested in pursuing and developing research projects that will translate to the graduate level and, ultimately, into a master’s thesis.
- have a GPA of at least 3.50 overall
- have completed at least 21 BIOE courses
- have support of a full-time BIOE faculty member or a full-time UMD faculty member affiliated with the Bioengineering department who agrees to serve as the student’s mentor and research advisor through completion of M.S. program. Researchers outside the university wishing to supervise a B.S./M.S. student’s research must establish a BIOE faculty member familiar with their work to serve as a co-mentor and supervisor. The BIOE faculty and outside researcher will co-chair the M.S. thesis defense.
- B.S./M.S. students can double count up to 2 graduate courses towards the B.S. and M.S. programs. These courses will satisfy BIOE technical electives within the B.S. program and restricted/unrestricted electives within the M.S. program.
- Graduate courses taken during the B.S. program must be within the BIOE department. Courses need to be pre-approved by the graduate and undergraduate program directors, and by the Clark School of Engineering.
- Only 1 graduate course can be taken per semester while enrolled in the B.S. program.
- Students must earn a grade of at least a “B-” in the graduate course for it to be double counted for the M.S. program.
- B.S./M.S. students cannot take BIOE601, BIOE604, or BIOE612 (M.S. core courses) while enrolled in the B.S. program. These courses must be taken after graduating from the B.S. program.
When and How to Apply
Applying to the B.S./M.S. Program
- Deadline for spring enrollment: Nov 15
- Deadline for fall enrollment: April 15
To apply, students must:
Meet with Bill Churma, BIOE Associate Director of Academic & Student Affairs, in advance of starting/submitting an application.
Submit the following via the BIOE B.S./M.S. online application:
- Statement of Purpose
- Letter of support from BIOE faculty mentor
- Updated plan of study which includes planned BIOE graduate courses
Applying to the M.S. Program (UMD Graduate School)
- Application fee
- Statement of Purpose
- Scanned copy of UMD transcripts
- Three Letters of Recommendation (one must be from your B.S./M.S. mentor)
- GRE is waived for B.S./M.S. applicants
Completion of M.S. Program
After graduation from the B.S. program and upon official matriculation to the M.S. program, students need to complete the additional requirements for the completion of the M.S. program:
M.S. Core Courses:
- BIOE 601: Rate Processes in Biological Systems (3 credits)
- BIOE 604: Transport Phenomena in Bioengineering Systems (3 credits)
- BIOE 612: Physiological Evaluation of Bioengineering Designs (3 credits)
- Depending on how many graduate courses were taken during the B.S. program, B.S./M.S. students will need to take either 9 credits (3 courses) or 12 credits (4 courses) of unrestricted electives in topics such as engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science. These courses can be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Program and/or the student’s faculty research advisor.
- Six credits of BIOE799, Master’s Thesis Research must be completed. BIOE799 credits can be split over the summer (optional), fall, and spring semesters.
Defense of M.S. Thesis:
- A final oral examination of the thesis will be held when the student has completed the thesis to the satisfaction of the student's advisor and thesis committee, all other requirements for the degree have been completed, and a 3.0 grade point average has been earned.
More information about the M.S. course and thesis requirements can be found in the BIOE Graduate Handbook.