Frequently Asked Questions

Will Classes be offered this fall?  

Classes will be made available in the fall.  Although there isn't a determination on what fall will look like at this time, be assured that classes will be available in some capacity in the fall whether that is in person, online or a combination of both. 

For international students, if you currently have a visa, please be aware of any restrictions related to taking online courses. While there is currently a USCIS exception allowing F-1 visa holders to take online classes for Spring 2020, the decision for Fall is still pending. For more information or help with visa status question, visit ISS.

Is this program a thesis or non-thesis program?

This is a non-thesis program.

How does the Professional Master’s Degree Program (PMP) differ from the traditional thesis or non-thesis MS program?

The PMP is designed to prepare students for careers in industry. It provides students with the opportunity to develop business, leadership, and regulatory skills that are highly sought after by industry. A thesis provides students with an opportunity to do a deep dive into a focused question and is the recommended path for students preparing for a PhD program or research-orientated career. The PMP is a terminal degree and is not intended for students who are interested in research or continuing on to a PhD.

Is the diploma/degree given for the Professional Masters different from the regular MS BME program?

No. Students who graduate from the Professional Master’s Degree Program will receive the same diploma/degree that all master’s students in BME receive - the MSBME degree.

Can I start in the spring semester or in the summer?

Yes. After admission, students may start in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.

I am unsure as to whether I will be pursuing a career in industry or go on for a Ph.D.  Is this the program for me?

No. This program is not intended for students who might be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Research is important preparation for a Ph.D. program, and this program doesn’t have space for research.

What pathways to positions in industry does this program provide?

This program will provide students with an opportunity to work at a biomedical company, maximizing opportunities for employment upon graduation. Our students have had internships at companies large and small, including Zimmer Biomet, Cook Biotech, Nevro, DuPuy Orthopedics, BD, and Philips. Graduates of this program have been placed in full time positions in companies including Abbot Vascular, Zimmer Biomet, Philips, and Lutonix.