MS in Biomedical Engineering Program Overview (Online)

Build Practical Skills in Biomedical Engineering

As healthcare systems and technologies grow in scope and complexity, the demand for biomedical engineers is expected to rise. Careers in bioengineering are expected to grow by 6% in 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 or hybrid Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from Purdue.

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

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

Online students take the same rigorous and practical courses that on-campus BME 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. Though 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 BME 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.
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Job Outlook and Career Paths

A graduate degree in biomedical engineering can lead students to make significant impacts in a number of important fields. Focus areas within biomedical engineering include designing medical equipment and devices, providing technical and safety support for biomedical equipment, training clinicians and other healthcare professionals on how to use biomedical equipment, researching how engineering principles apply to biological systems, and designing and conducting biomedical experiments.

Biomedical engineers have among the highest starting salaries across engineering disciplines according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of the top employers hiring biomedical engineers include Apple, BD, Cook Companies, GE Healthcare, Johnson and Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Merck, Medtronic, Pfizer, Roche Diagnostics, the Mayo Clinic, and the U.S Government. The impacts that biomedical engineers make can be seen across the healthcare industry, including in the development of COVID-19 vaccines and testing equipment.

Common job titles in biomedical engineering include:

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Clinical Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Data Scientist
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Medical Imaging Specialist
  • Orthopedic Bioengineer
  • Process Improvement Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate/Specialist
  • Research and Development Scientist/Engineer
  • Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Contact: Yvonne Vega (vega83@purdue.edu)