MSE in Bioengineering

The Program

The master’s degree in bioengineering is a 30-credit-hour program designed to prepare students in an area of rapid growth and profound impact on society. The curriculum consists of courses specifically designed to provide a comprehensive background in the bioengineering field. Bioengineering courses are 3 credit hours and most are offered in the evening from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.

The program may be completed through a combination of on-campus and online courses. (Currently, only non-BENG courses are available with online sections.)

Degree Requirements

The MSE in bioengineering is offered through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. The degree requirements for this program consist of a minimum of 30 graduate-level semester credit hours (beyond an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering program) and includes 6 credit hours of core courses, 18 credit hours of bioengineering elective courses, and 6 credit hours of cognate elective courses.

Laboratory Facilities

The bioengineering laboratory is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in tissue engineering, biomechanics, and developing and characterizing biomaterials. The laboratory houses standard equipment and facilities required for biomaterial development, biomechanical testing, and tissue engineering. Equipment available for biomechanical testing includes eight axial test machines, a high rate tensile/compressive impact tester, a high speed imaging system, environmental chambers, and assorted fixtures.


The BENG program faculty are engaged in research in orthopaedic biomechanics, human movement, ocular biomechanics, impact safety, biomaterials, tissue engineering, hypoxia, protein engineering, cellular engineering, biomineraliztion, biomimetics, biopreservation, bioprocessing, drug delivery, nanotheranostics, pharmaceutical formulation, microspectroscopy, thermogravimetrics, biophotonics, microoptics, biosensors, MEMS, and microfluidics.

Assistantships/Financial Assistance

Research assistantships may be available to exceptionally qualified students who are not otherwise employed. Tuition scholarships are available to qualified full-time graduate students. Find out more about bioengineering faculty and their research areas.


Please note: At least 2 letters of recommendation are required as part of the application. These should come from people who know you as an engineer, either academically (professor or research advisor) or professionally (supervisor or manager). Letters of reference from peer employees or personal sources are invalid and will not be considered.

Mechanical Engineering

Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)
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