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Weldon School is launching four new pathways for graduate training

Graduate students seeking a career in the healthcare industry, biomedical device development, entrepreneurship, and regulatory affairs, now have more options to fast track their career through four new graduate programs offered at the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. A three-semester professional master’s degree, two dual degrees—MSBME/MBA or MSBME/MD, and a Regulatory Certificate Program for Medical Devices offer advanced training in high-demand fields.

MS BME with Emphasis in Biomedical Device Development

Ideal for those seeking a competitive edge in the healthcare industry, the curriculum for the non-thesis, professional MS BME degree emphasizes biomedical device development, regulatory affairs, and leadership and professional development. In addition gaining technical knowledge of biomedical engineering specific to their career goals students earning this degree will sharpen their ability to make well-reasoned, ethical, and socially responsible engineering decisions; increase their communication, negotiation, and leadership skills; and gain a practical understanding of regulatory processes for the healthcare industry. Coursework can be completed in as few as three semesters, and up to 40% of coursework can be taken online. Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship.

MS BME/MBA

The MSBME and MBA combined degree path allows students the opportunity to strengthen both their technical and business skills and fast track to an upwardly mobile and profitable career path. Students can earn a non-thesis, professional master's degree in biomedical engineering from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a MBA from Purdue's top-ranked Krannert School of Management in just two years. Students complete their biomedical engineering coursework before transitioning toward pursuing their MBA. With more than 100 management electives to choose from, students are empowered to personalize their experience.

MS BME/MD

The MS BME and MD combined degree path is offered jointly by the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The program enables medical students to gain firsthand knowledge of medical technology innovation and strategies for clinical translation. Students will strengthen their ability to pursue medical research, to facilitate clinical testing of new therapies, and to collaborate effectively with the biomedical industry. The program leverages medical students’ clinical training and medical school coursework to advance innovative engineering solutions for challenges in healthcare delivery. Significant areas for translational research projects include implantable medical devices, engineered tissues and biomaterials, point-of-care diagnostics, advanced medical imaging, and systems engineering of healthcare delivery. The seamless integration of the timelines for the two degrees allows students to complete both degrees concurrently in five years.

Regulatory Certificate Program for Medical Devices

The Regulatory Certificate Program for Medical Devices is for graduate students interested in managing the regulatory process for companies that research, develop, test, manufacture, and market medical devices. Students will develop a broad understanding of the roles of domestic and international regulatory agencies that oversee medical device development and will be prepared to provide strategic direction to companies in matters of regulatory science and affairs in today’s global market.

For more information about pathways to a graduate degree in biomedical engineering at Purdue, visit purdue.edu/BME/Academics/Graduate/Degree_Options