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We offer the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in Biomedical Engineering. Students can apply directly for the Ph.D. degree without already having an M.S. Degree. 

Students who have their degree in an area other than Biomedical Engineering may have to take additional courses besides those listed in the curriculum. Research under the degree can be within any of the areas our faculty work in as listed on their web pages.

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN THE STEPHENSON SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

GRADUATE COURSE LIST IN THE STEPHENSON SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree program can be readily completed in two years. A thesis is required.

Course work requirements for M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Principles
3 hours
Three elective courses in bio engineering (graduate credit)9 hours
Two elective courses in life sciences (Graduate level)6 hours
Two elective courses in engineering, Science or Math(graduate credit)
6 hours
M.S. Research Thesis Course6 hours
TOTAL30 hours

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering requires ninety post-baccalaureate hours, which include the courses required for the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minimum of nine additional hours of graduate level courses. Research credits make up the balance of the ninety hours. Three hours of this course work must be in the life sciences (graduate credit, chosen from the list below of approved life science courses), and the other six hours can be selected from engineering, science, or math courses (graduate credit) in consultation with the student's research supervisor. A student with a B.S. degree can enter the Ph.D. program directly; the student does not have to complete the M.S. thesis as part of the Ph.D. degree.  At the end of the program, the student will demonstrate excellence in scholarly research by authoring and successfully defending a Ph.D. Dissertation. 

During the Ph.D. program, the student is required to take a general examination in accordance with Graduate College requirements. For students entering with a B.S. degree, the general examination must be taken as soon as possible after the student has completed three semesters (not including the summer semester). For students entering with an M.S. degree, the general examination must be taken as soon as possible after the student has completed one semester (not including the summer semester).

Course work requirements for Ph.D. in Biomedical EngineeringMinimum 33 hours
  • Biomedical Engineering Electives
12 hours
  • Life Sciences Electives
 9 hours
  • Engineering, Science, or Math Electives
12 hours
Dissertation Credits Requirements
2 - 57 hours
Total Hours Requirement90
Additional Requirements 

One Physiology course is required for non-BME background engineering students to replace one Biomedical Engineering Elective (3 credit hours); BME 4813 Quantitative Physiology is recommended.

 

For non-engineering background students, prerequisite undergraduate-level engineering courses might be required during the admission process; these course credits do not count toward the degree.

 

Accelerated Dual B.S. Chemical Engineering Biotechnology / M.S.

Students completing these programs will receive two degrees: the B.S. in Chemical Engineering and the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering.  Students must complete an M.S. research thesis in biomedical engineering. This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development jobs in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields.

BS in Biomedical Engineering / MS in Biomedical Engineering (A108/F109 Q062)

Students completing these programs will receive two degrees: the  B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. This program is accelerated because students may share 12 hours of credit that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Students should apply for this program option no later than March 1 during their Junior year. Please contact Shayla Glover (shaylaglover@ou.edu) for the application materials to apply.

B.S. Chemical Engineering Biotechnology Option / M.S. Biomedical Engineering (A161/F110 Q063)

Students completing these programs will receive two degrees: the  B.S. in Chemical Engineering and the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. This program is accelerated because students may double-count (i.e., simultaneously count in both the B.S. and M.S. Programs) 12 hours.  Students must complete an M.S. thesis in the field of biomedical engineering. This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development jobs in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields. 

Chemical Engineering Pre-Medical/Biomedical Engineering Option B.S. / Biomedical Engineering Master of Science (A163/F110/Q520)

Students completing this program will receive two degrees:  B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. This program is accelerated because students may double-count (i.e., simultaneously count in both the B.S. and M.S. Programs) 12 hours. Students must complete an M.S. thesis in the field of biomedical engineering. This M.S. degree opens opportunities for research and development in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields.

Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

Outstanding students may also want to apply for the M.D. / Ph.D. program. Students completing this program will receive two degrees, the Doctor of Medicine degree through the OU Health Sciences Center and the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering degree through the Norman campus. This degree requires a doctoral research dissertation. Visit the Health Sciences Center webpages for additional information about M.D./Ph.D. degrees offered through the Health Sciences Center.