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Master of Science in Bioengineering

The Master of Science in Bioengineering requires 45 units of course work. The curriculum consists of core bioengineering courses, technical electives, seminars and unrestricted electives. Core courses focus on quantitative biology and biological systems analysis. Approved technical electives are chosen by the student in consultation with his/her graduate adviser, and can be selected from graduate course offerings in mathematics, statistics, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, and medicine. Seminars highlight emerging research in bioengineering and provide training in research ethics. Unrestricted electives can be freely chosen by the student in association with his/her adviser.

The department's requirements for the M.S. in Bioengineering are:

  1. Core Bioengineering courses (9 units)—the following courses are required:

    BIOE 300A. Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

    BIOE 300B. Physiology and Tissue Engineering

    BIOE 301A. Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering Lab

    BIOE 301B. Clinical Needs and Technology

    These courses, together with the approved technical electives, should form a cohesive course of study that provides depth and breadth.

  2. Approved Technical Electives (27 units)—these units must be selected from graduate courses in mathematics, statistics, engineering, physical science, life science, and medicine. They should be chosen in concert with the bioengineering courses to provide a cohesive degree program in a bioengineering focus area. Students are required to take at least one course in some area of device or instrumentation. Up to 9 units of directed study and research may be used as approved electives.
  3. Seminars (3 units)—the seminar units should be fulfilled through BIOE 390, Introduction to Bioengineering Research, BIOE 393, Bioengineering Departmental Research Colloquium, or BIOE 459, Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences. Other relevant seminar units may also be used with the approval of the faculty adviser. One of the seminar units must be MED 255, The Responsible Conduct of Research.
  4. Unrestricted Electives (6 units).

Students are assigned an initial faculty adviser to assist them in designing a plan of study that creates a cohesive degree program with a concentration in a particular bioengineering focus area. These focus areas include, but are not limited to: Biomedical Computation, Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering, Molecular and Cell Bioengineering, Biomedical Imaging, and Biomedical Devices.

To ensure that an appropriate program is pursued by all M.S. candidates, students who first matriculate at Stanford at the graduate level must:

  1. submit an adviser-approved Program Proposal for a Master's Degree form to the student services office during the first month of the first quarter of enrollment
  2. obtain approval from the M.S. adviser and the Chair of Graduate Studies for any subsequent program change or changes.

It is expected that the requirements for the M.S. in Bioengineering can be completed within approximately one year. There is no thesis requirement for the M.S.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Bioengineering; a number of courses are offered directly through the Bioengineering Department, but many are available through other departments. See respective ExploreCourses for course descriptions.


BIOC 218. Computational Molecular Biology (same as BIOMEDIN 231)

BIOMEDIN 210. Modeling Biomedical Systems: Ontology, Terminology, Problem Solving (same as CS 270)

BIOMEDIN 217. Translational Bioinformatics (same as CS 275)

CHEMENG 450. Advances in Biotechnology

EE 369A,B. Medical Imaging Systems I,II

EE 369C. Medical Image Reconstruction

ME 280. Skeletal Development and Evolution

ME 287. Soft Tissue Mechanics

ME 381. Orthopaedic Bioengineering

ME 382A,B. Medical Device Design

RAD 226. In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging

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