WPI's online Master of Engineering program in biomedical engineering (BME) prepares graduates to enter the workforce with deeper technical knowledge and the skillset for leadership and innovation in the industry. Students acquire an understanding of business practices, regulations, and controls in the biomedical industry. Courses are delivered online to accommodate students working full-time. 

Learning Outcomes

Throughout this degree program, students will:

  • Gain mastery in medical device design and controls, biomaterials, FDA regulations, and other specialized areas
  • Develop leadership skills in engineering positions and beyond
  • Learn to innovate solutions with global impact

These skills combined empower graduates to advance their careers, especially in private industries.

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Program Requirements

  • 12 credits in Biomedical Engineering
  • 3 credits in Life Sciences
  • 3 credits in Advanced Mathematics
  • An additional 3 credits in Life Sciences of Advanced Mathematics
  • 12 graduate-level elective credits in any advisor-approved subject, including physics, math, biomedical engineering, etc.
  • Graduate Seminar (BME 591): a zero-credit requirement that can be fulfilled by attending pre-approved seminars, workshops, or conferences - on campus, off campus, or online

Customized Concentrations

Thanks to a wide range of electives, students can customize this degree to suit their career and education aspirations.
*All plans of study must be approved by your faculty advisor.

(Sample 1) Concentration: Biomaterials and Biofabrication  

BME Requirements (12 credits)
BME 531. Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
BME 550. Tissue Engineering
BME 552. Tissue Mechanics
BME 595D. Medical Device Design Controls

Life Science Requirement (3 credits)
BME 564. Molecular & Cell Biology for Engineers

Advanced Math Requirements (3 credits)
MA 501.  Engineering Mathematics

Life Science or Advanced Math Requirement (3 credits)
BME 560.  Physiology for Engineers

Electives (12 credits)
BME 532.  Medical Device Regulation
RBE 580.  Biomedical Robotics
BME 595 ST (ME 5356).  Smart Materials
ME 593 ST.  Biomaterials
BB 570 ST.  Genetic Engineering and Gene Expression

(Sample 2) Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

BME Requirements (12 credits)
BME 531. Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
BME 532. Medical Device Regulation
BME 581. Medical Imaging Systems
BME 595D. Medical Device Design Controls

Life Science Requirement (3 credits)
BME 564. Molecular & Cell Biology for Engineers

Advanced Math Requirements (3 credits)
MA 501. Engineering Mathematics

Life Science or Advanced Math Requirement (3 credits)
MA 511. Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

Electives (12 credits)
MIS 576. Project Management
BUS 500. Business Law, Ethics & Social Responsibility
BUS 546. Managing Technical Innovation
FIN 500. Financial information and Management
OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
ETR 500. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
ETR 593. Technology Commercialization: Theory, Strategy and Practice


ABET-accreditation is preferred along with a Major GPA > 3.0.

In addition, a BS degree in engineering or related field such as:

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science or applied mathematics.