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Biomedical Engineering

Program Overview

The 100% online, 30-credit hour biomedical engineering (BME) concentration is packed in our Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)/Master of Science (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. 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: 

Biomedical Engineering Regulatory Sciences
Life Science Quantitative/Analytical
Biomaterials Clinical Medicine

Online Plan of Study Overview

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. 

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total from Biomedical Engineering area (6 hours)
_____ total from Regulatory Sciences area (3 hours)
_____ total from Life Sciences area  (3 hours)
_____ total from Quantitative/Analytical area (3 hours)
_____ total elective courses (15 hours)

_____ total credit hours (30 hours)

View detailed BME concentration requirements

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. 


Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering ABET-accredited program or equivalent.*

* If you hold a bachelor’s degree in an Engineering-related area (Science, Mathematics or Technology) or from an Engineering program that is not ABET-accredited, you will need to demonstrate minimum math compliance: 

  • 2 Completed College Level Engineering Calculus Courses
  • 1 Completed Differential Equations or Linear Algebra Course

3.0/4.0 Minimum GPA


  • Application to the Purdue Graduate School with paid application fee ($60/$75)
    • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering
    • Area of Interest: Biomedical Engineering
  • Statement of Purpose (300-500 words)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • TOEFL scores (international only)
  • Current Resume
  • Math requirement compliance where applicable


Documents Required by Country

Alumni Testimony

Phillipa Ngaju Makobore"Phillipa 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.