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The intercampus Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT) program offers a 34-credit Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, Professional Science Master’s (PSM) option. This non-thesis program prepares students for a professional career and may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. In lieu of a research component, the PSM option requires PLUS courses in business, a communications course, and a professional internship in a specialization area of Biomedical Engineering or Biotechnology.
Individuals interested in the program include graduates of BS programs in biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, clinical laboratory science, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, plastics engineering and polymer science. Other interested clientele include professionals that are currently employed in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industries as well as medical and research labs who are interested in expanding and updating their knowledge in biomedical engineering/biotechnology while concurrently obtaining communication and business skills required for greater job opportunities. The combination of science and business training provided by this program meets the workforce needs of the Massachusetts economy, where healthcare, as well as biomedical and medical device companies, are leading industries.
The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology is a 34 credit hour program. Twenty-four credit hours of STEM courses, 9 credits of PLUS courses and a 1 credit internship and seminar are required.
STEM Required Courses (12 credits):
And one of the following 3 credit courses
* Recommended for students with a Biomedical Engineering specialization.
+ Recommended for students with a Biotechnology specialization.
Additional STEM required courses may be chosen with advisor approval.
STEM Electives (minimum 12 credits)
STEM electives are chosen with advisor approval from the available science and engineering courses offered at the participating campuses. Electives are chosen from within a defined specialization option. Available options are listed below:
Biomedical Engineering Specialization Options
Biotechnology Specialization Options
PLUS courses (Business and Communication 9 credits)
PLUS Required Courses (4 credits)
PLUS Elective Courses (minimum 5 credits)
Additional PLUS electives may be chosen with advisor approval.
A Professional Internship is required for students in the PSM option and is expected to be a minimum of 350 hours and have 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research laboratories. Internships or research project experiences will typically take place in clinical, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnological or medical device companies or institutions. Research experience can also be obtained at the University or other research centers.
Internships have to be approved in advance by the Advising/Admissions/Curriculum Committee (AACC) on each campus, including approval of a qualified supervisor for off-campus internships. The AACC will provide oversight of all internships. A written report, signed by the internship supervisor, must be submitted by the student upon completion of the internship. An oral presentation by the intern at a BMEBT seminar also is required. For students already employed in a BMEBT industry, the professional internship will be tailored to meet the needs of both employee and employer. A new project experience will be required that adds to the student’s current set of skills.
To be eligible for the Professional Internship, students will be required to have:
Professional Science Master’s curriculum includes the following courses as part of the internship requirement:
Total (34 credits)
* Note: Courses listed are available at UMass Lowell. Other STEM and PLUS courses are available at the other campuses involved in the BMEBT program and may be used towards the degree with the approval of the graduate coordinator.