Biomedical Engineering

An overview of the Biomedical Engineering concentration within Purdue's Interdisciplinary Engineering Master's Degree program.

Program Overview

The 30-credit online master's program in biomedical engineering (BME) is a concentration in our Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE/MS) degree. This program was created for professionals who wish to build a competitive edge in the biomedical and healthcare industries. As a student in this program, you will focus heavily on biomedical engineering topics and technical knowledge. 

You'll learn from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus at Purdue and graduate with an MSE/MS.

Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is consistently ranked in the top ten programs by US News and World Report. The biomedical engineering concentration was ranked #1 best online master's in biomedical engineering in 2021 by Best Value Schools.

Course Topical Areas: 

Engineered Biomaterials and Biomechanics Imaging
Instrumentation Computational Biomedicine
Neuroengineering and Neurotechnology Regulatory Affairs/Regulatory Science
Biostatistics Regulatory, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship
Management and Leadership Industrial and Manufacturing

Online Plan of Study Details

The MSE/MS master's program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals. Every POS varies based on student interest, time, and course load. For planning purposes, an example POS for the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering degree is available, as well as an extensive course menu that lists classes available over the next several years.

Go to the BME concentration requirements page or view a sample plan of study.

Biomedical Engineering Job Outlook

For engineers considering additional training in biomedical engineering coursework and certification, it helps to examine the job outlook for that specific discipline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for biomedical engineers will increase about 4% between now and 2028. 

Admissions to the Biomedical Engineering Concentration

You must already hold an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program or one with equivalent standards. You must apply and be admitted to Purdue University Online. More information about admissions can be found by visiting the Interdisciplinary Engineering requirements and admissions page.

Alumni Testimony

phillipa-makobore.jpgPhillipa Ngaju Makobore

2020 alumna, Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering – Biomedical Engineering

While earning her engineering master’s degree online, Makobore made the most of her time at Purdue by working to solve a problem in her home country of Uganda, where one in ten children seek medical attention too late and require intravenous therapy. Makobore used her Purdue master’s program to advance an innovative Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set. The low-cost device, which could be a life-saving invention not only in Africa but worldwide, is designed to deliver intravenous fluids and drugs by controlling the flow rate based on feedback from a sensor. It is easy to operate and includes safety features such as alarms that sound if the fluid flow is too fast or slow, the fluid volume is too high or low, or a sensor is faulty. It runs on a battery that can be charged from a plug or solar power. While earning her online master’s, Makobore won two major international prizes, an Innovation Prize for Africa and a German-African Innovation Incentive Award.

To learn more about Makobore ’s story, click here.