M.S. in Bioengineering


The MS graduate programs in the Department of Bioengineering are open to all qualifi­ed individuals with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering. Students with a B.S., B.A., or M.S./M.A. degree in a related ­field are also eligible provided they meet the minimum prerequisite coursework requirement of ­ two (2) years of calculus through differential equations, and ­one (1) year of engineering physics.

To be competitive for admission, all applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 for all previous undergraduate work and 3.3/4.0 for all previous graduate work. In some cases, additional prerequisite courses related to the program of study may be required (see Provisional Admission). Course credits for meeting undergraduate prerequisites are not applied toward the graduate degree.

The GRE exam is required for all students who do not hold a B.S. degree from a US institution, and international students are expected to complete the TOEFL exam. The minimum scores for the GRE are set by the Department of Bioengineering; the minimum scores for the TOEFL exam are set by the College of Graduate Studies. The minimum scores considered are:

  • GRE - 300 combined for the verbal and quantitative sections
  • TOEFL - 550 (PBT); 80 (IBT)

Application requirements: 

  • Degree: Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 

  • GPA: Applicants must have at least a 3.0/4.0 grade point average from previous undergraduate coursework or a 3.3/4.0 for previous graduate coursework 

  • Application: UToledo application required 

  • GRE: Required for applicants whose B.S. degree is from a non-US institution. 

  • Transcripts: Required 

  • Statement of Purpose: Required 

  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 

  • Proof of English language proficiency: Required for students from non-English speaking countries. See University graduate admissions for minimum test score requirements and exceptions. 

Application priority deadlines for admissions and funding decisions: 

  • Fall: January 15 

  • Spring: October 1 

  • Summer: Contact Department 


The Master of Science program in bioengineering has three options:

  • thesis,
  • project and
  • coursework. 

The thesis option requires the completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours of approved graduate course work, 9 hours of thesis research and the successful defense of a research-based thesis. The project option requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved graduate course work and 6 hours of project research. The coursework option requires the completion of at least 30 hours of approved graduate course work only. All course work must be approved by the student’s adviser (or the graduate director). The M.S. curriculum is designed to provide a general, flexible framework for students in selecting course work that is relevant to their specific area of research. Each student must meet the following minimum general course work requirements:

Required coursework6
BIOE 5200Physiology And Anatomy For Bioengineers3
or BIOE 6100 Computational Physiology
MIME 6000Advanced Engineering Mathematics I3
BIOE 5930Bioengineering Seminar (Register and attend every semester)0
Elective coursework15-24
Elective coursework cr hr requirements depend on capstone option. Up to 6 cr hr may be entrepreneurship elective coursework. All remaining coursework must be engineering, mathematics, or science-based. Elective coursework options include, but are not limited to, the courses listed below.
BIOE 5260Medical Imaging Systems I3
BIOE 5650Bioseparations3
BIOE 5670Ultrasound Principles And Medical Applications3
BIOE 5730Computational Bioengineering3
BIOE 5740Tissue Engineering3
BIOE 5750Experimental Methods In Orthopedic Biomechanics3
BIOE 5780Advanced Biomechanics3
BIOE 5830Additive Manufacturing3
BIOE 6310Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory3
BIOE 6520Orthopaedic Biomechanics3
BIOE 6730Biological Transport Phenomena3
MIME 5280Cad - Finite Element Methods3
MIME 5460Advanced MATLAB for Engineers3
MIME 6650Advanced Material Science and Engineering 3
CHEE 6120Biofuels3
CHEM 5170Chemistry Instrumentation Techniques2
BIOL 6300Advanced Microscopy and Imaging3
EFSB 6590New Venture Creation3
EFSB 6690Strategic Management of Innovation3
Capstone option
Thesis option:
BIOE 6960Bioengineering Research And Thesis - Master's9
Elective coursework15
Project option:
BIOE 6920Bioengineering Project6
Elective coursework18
Coursework option
Elective coursework24
  • PLO 1) Solve problems using advanced mathematics, engineering and biomedical sciences
  • PLO 2) Communicate research rationale and results in scientific presentations and refereed publications
  • PLO 3) Independently design and conduct laboratory research
  • PLO 4) Lead research or project teams with direction from supervisors