Why get a Professional Master’s Degree from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering?

Why get a Professional Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering?

A professional master’s degree is specifically for students planning to work in the industry. The program provides students with the technical skills they would get in a traditional MS program, but also develops skills needed in the industry, such as leadership, business acumen, management, oral and written communications, teamwork, and defining and managing projects.

Why get a Professional Master’s Degree in Biomedical Device Development?

The Professional Master’s Program in Biomedical Device Development at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering grew out of a demand for broader access to our strong regulatory affairs program and rigorous technical coursework. Our academic programs were built on a deep tradition of industrial and clinical partnerships that drive our academic offerings to the highest standards of industry. This new program was developed in collaboration with our industry partners to ensure that students graduate with up-to-the minute knowledge and experience needed to thrive in today’s industry.

Salary Ranges

As of 2017, the starting salary for a biomedical engineer with a bachelor’s degree averaged $53,470. The salary for a biomedical engineer with a master’s degree jumped 13% to $67,360. PhDs averaged $77,520. The advantages of a master’s degree compound over time as both the higher salary and opportunities grow with experience. With more advanced degrees, biomedical engineers tend to work in higher-level positions that often come with greater responsibilities. For example, those with a master’s degree in the field might be more likely to lead a research team. (Source: engineersalary.com: Biomedical Engineer Salary and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Biomedical Engineers)

What is the difference between a Professional MS Degree Program from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering with a Concentration in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue Online Learning?

There are some similarities and differences between these two programs. Both programs are designed for students preparing for careers in the biomedical industry. The Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering with a Concentration in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue Online Learning is designed for the engineer who is working fulltime and may choose to take one course at a time, progressing slowly through the program. Our program provides students with the opportunity to have an immersion experience with one of our industry partners and to focus on their studies, potentially obtaining the degree in only three semesters, or one calendar year. Students in strictly online programs have access to fewer courses than students who earn at least a portion of their degree in a residential program. In our program, students have access to a more robust selection of biomedical engineering courses, enabling greater flexibility in designing a plan of study tailored to meet their needs and interests. In summary, our program offers the best of both worlds: Up to 40% of courses can be taken online through Purdue Online Learning from anywhere in the world, while the other 60% of courses offer the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students in a way that is not possible online in courses that are available to only residential students. The facets of these programs are summarized in the table below.

 
  Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Professional MS in Biomedical Device Development Purdue Online Learning Interdisciplinary MS in Engineering with a Concentration in Biomedical Engineering
Credit Hours 30 30
Degree Earned MSBME MSE/MS (BME concentration shows on transcript, not on diploma)
Percent of Courses Online Up to 40% of courses can be taken online 100% of courses are taken online
Thesis Non-thesis only Non-thesis and thesis options
Industry Immersion Experience 6-12 month optional internship No internship option
Access, Flexibility, Customization Access to greater number of courses, more robust selection of biomedical engineering courses, greater flexibility in tailoring plan of study Access to fewer courses, plan of study is less customizable

MSBME and/or MBA?

A Professional MS degree will give you the technical knowledge and related business, management, and leadership skills that will prepare you for leadership opportunities. For students who are seeking a non-technical career in management, the MBA might be a good choice. It’s not all uncommon for engineers to obtain both the MS and MBA degrees. Purdue has a new option to earn a non-thesis Master's Degree in biomedical engineering plus an MBA from Krannert School of Management in as few as two years (a year less than if earned separately) with this fast track program that lets you dual count credits toward both degrees. You now have a faster, more economical way to jump-start your career by strengthening both your technical skills and business skills.

MS(E) + MBA Dual Degree Curriculum and Fact Sheet