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Professional Science Master's Option in Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, Professional Science Master's (PSM) Option 

Program-DescriptionProgram Description

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. 

Admission-RequirementsAdmission Requirements

  1. Have earned an appropriate Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. Have successfully completed prerequisite technical courses: Applicants must have completed the equivalent of two semesters of calculus. Successful applicants will normally have also had undergraduate coursework in statistics/experimental design and in life science/biomedical science.
  3. Have earned the following minimums: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined verbal and quantitative score of 295 (1000 for tests taken prior to August 1, 2011) and TOEFL score of 79 (internet based) for international applicants.

CurriculumCurriculum *

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):

  • BMBT.5000  Introduction to Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • BMBT.5750  Quantitative Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL.6660 Special Topics: Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 credits)

And one of the following 3 credit courses

  • ENGY.5090 System Dynamics
  • ENGY.5390 Math Methods for Engineers*
  • PLAS.5480 Numerical Methods in Plastics Processing
  • MATH.5300 Applied Mathematics I
  • MATH.5310 Applied Mathematics II
  • MATH.5550 Applied Math for Life Sciences (Online)+
  • RADI.5820 Numerical Methods in Radiological Sciences and Protection

* 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

  • Biomaterials: Tissue Engineering, Polymers/Plastics, Fibers/Textiles, Nanotechnology
  • Biomedical Information Systems: Bioinformatics, Cheminformatics, Genomics, Proteomics
  • Biomedical Instrumentation: Sensors, Signal Processing, Clinical Sciences
  • Biomechanics: Joint/Muscle Mechanics
  • Integrative Physiology: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Modeling
  • Medical Imaging: Optics, NMR, MRI, Acoustics, Cell Imaging
  • Medical Physics: Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging,  Nuclear Instrumentation

Biotechnology Specialization Options

  • Agricultural and Marine Biotechnology: Therapeutics, Pharmacology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science Technology    
  • Bioprocessing/Applied Microbiology: Bioremediation, Fermentation, Biocatalysis, Applied Genetic Engineering, Biopharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Molecular Biotechnology: Clinical Sciences, Biochemical Applications, Diagnostics, Therapeutics

PLUS courses (Business and Communication 9 credits)

PLUS Required Courses (4 credits)

  • BIOL.6040 Professional Communication in Science and Technology (3 credits)
    • OR MGMT.6540 Advanced Professional Communication (3 credits)
  • BMBT.5200 Bioethics (1 credit)

PLUS Elective Courses (minimum 5 credits) 

  • •ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
  • FINA.6400 Financing Innovation and Technology Ventures (3 credits)
  • •MKMT.5010 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • •MKMT.6300 Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
  • •POMS.5010 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • •ENTR.6500 Innovation and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)
  • •MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
  • •MGMT.6010 Managing Organizational Design and Change (3 credits)
  • •MGMT.6300 New Product Development (3 credits)
  • •MGMT.6510 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • •MGMT.6520 Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT.6910 Strategy Formation and Implementation (3 credits)

Additional PLUS electives may be chosen with advisor approval.

Professional-InternshipProfessional Internship in Biomedical Engineering or Biotechnology (1 credit)

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:

  1. completed a minimum of 12 credits of STEM courses, 
  2. completed a minimum of 6 credits of PLUS courses, 
  3. attained an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and 
  4. and have AACC permission.  
All students will be required to submit a final written report and give oral presentation on their work at a seminar.  All post-internship students will participate in this seminar.  All Professional Internships require supervision by program faculty.

Professional Science Master’s curriculum includes the following courses as part of the internship requirement:

  • PSM 500 Professional Science Master’s Internship (0 credits)
    Professional Science Master’s students who are preparing to participate in an internship enroll in this Professional Development Seminar prior to the semester of their work period. This seminar will provide them with resources and skills to manage an internship search; secure a position; and work successfully in a professional environment.
  • PSM 501 Professional Science Master’s Reflective Seminar (1 credit)
    Reflective seminar concurrent with the internship enables Professional Science Master’s (PSM) students to share and learn from the experiences of colleagues in other settings. Students evaluate and compare individual internship experiences, explore career opportunities and gain further knowledge about functioning in a professional environment. The seminar may be conducted online, on campus, or in a blended mode and may include writing and oral presentation of experience.

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.