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Program Summary

As healthcare systems and technologies grow in scope and complexity, the demand for biomedical engineers is expected to rise. Careers in biomedical engineering are expected to grow by faster than average over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meet growing demand and distinguish yourself as an expert in the field with an online Master's in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME) from Purdue University.

Our award-winning and internationally recognized engineering programs are designed with professional students in mind. The flexibility of the MSBME will give you the opportunity to accomplish your educational goals and move forward in your career at the same time.

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A high-quality engineering Master's degree with added convenience

Online students take the same rigorous and practical courses that on-campus MSBME students take. All courses are taught by our experienced biomedical engineering faculty. Online, asynchronous course delivery allows students to work at their own pace and study from anywhere in the world. A hybrid modality is also available for students looking to come to campus part time. The flexibility of this program makes it an ideal fit for engineering professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge without disrupting their careers.

Students in the online MSBME Master's program will work closely with faculty and other students to build in-demand biomedical engineering skills that can be immediately applied to the field. Learning outcomes include:

  • Develop a functional understanding of the design and development of biomedical products and processes at the systems level.
  • Develop a practical understanding of the processes to ensure quality, testing, and approval of biomedical products.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make well-reasoned ethical and socially responsible engineering decisions.
  • Be able to clearly communicate, effectively negotiate, and strategically lead within a biomedical engineering project.

Students will be assessed via a combination of homework assignments, quizzes/tests, projects, and participation.


This degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Students must maintain a GPA of a 3.0 or higher, with no individual course grade lower than a C.

The degree awarded is the Master's in Biomedical Engineering.

MSBME Degree Requirements 30 Credits
Biomedical Engineering 6 Credit Hours
Quantitative/Analytical 3 Credits Hours
Life Sciences 3 Credits Hours
Regulatory Affairs and Professional Skills 12 Credits Hours
Graduate Electives 6 Credits Hours
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After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will provide you with tools to map out a plan of study and help you define a concentration tailored to align with your specific goals. Your academic advisor will also help you identify a faculty advisor.

Additional Curriculum Information

Additional Education

Students in this program have the option of adding the following certificates to enhance your degree:

Admission Requirements

Below are a few admissions requirements, please find the full requirements information here.

Criteria For Admissions

  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0
  • Math Background: One semester each of Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra or Differential Equations preferred but not required
  • Engineering Background: Preferred undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Technology

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • A statement of purpose
  • A professional resume
  • Math prerequisite checklist, if applicable
  • Full admissions requirements

Application Deadlines


  • December 12


  • May 1


  • August 1


Resident of Indiana

  • $1,139 per credit
  • $34,170 total

Nonresident of Indiana

  • $1,459 per credit
  • $43,770 total

Domestic students and permanent residents may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

Further information available.

Student Testimonial

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Several years out from earning her undergraduate engineering degree, Hannah Taggart felt the need to refresh her knowledge and skills. Purdue University's online Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering gave her that opportunity, focused Taggart on a new career in medical devices and regulatory affairs, and landed her a job even before she finished her degree.

"I attribute a lot of that to Purdue, to their program, to the reputation of this program," Taggart said. "It has a lot to do with why I was able to get the job and why I think I've been successful at that job so far. I was well prepared."

Read more about Purdue's first MSBME graduate here.


You would earn a Master's in Biomedical Engineering.

You need to register for at least one credit to be considered an active student. If you do not enroll for more than two consecutive semesters, you will lose your student status and must reapply.

No, all courses are not available every term. You can see our expected course availability on the Courses List page.

The program requires 30 credits. You may complete the program as a full time or part time student. A full-time student takes at least 8 semester credit hours every term and may be able to complete this program within 12 to 18 months. A part time student takes less than 8 semester credit hours every term (on average 3-6). As a part-time student, you may complete the program within 2 to 4 years. The average time to complete the program is 3 years.

You may take a maximum of two consecutive semesters off. If you take more than two semesters, you will need to reapply to the program.

Yes, recommendations from employers will be accepted. Academic letter references are also encouraged.

The courses will be offered asynchronously. We upload recordings of live lectures for you to view on your time. You will follow along weekly to complete your assignments, projects, and/or exams. Exams may require a proctor (virtual or in-person depending on the faculty).

Scholarships and funding are not available through Purdue as this program is a course-based, self-funded master's program. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for federal financial aid. The Purdue Division of Financial Aid can answer your questions. Veterans can visit the Dorothy Stratton Veteran and Miltary Success Center to learn more about wrap-around support services for Purdue students who are veterans, members of the military, or benefit-using family members.