Biomedical engineering, a multi-disciplinary field, is behind some of the most important medical breakthroughs today. Working closely together, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and physicians have developed artificial organs, internal and external prosthetics, multiple imaging modalities, and diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Biomedical engineering has significantly contributed to improved health care and quality of life.

The MS program in Biomedical Engineering merges course work from Tandon’s engineering, mathematics and computer science departments along with research opportunities with faculty from Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Medical, Dental and Nursing Schools; and other NYU-affiliated schools and hospitals to create a degree path that matches a student’s BME career objectives.

The Biomedical Engineering MS program offers three tracks that reflect the discipline’s major areas of involvement. These are:

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Medical Imaging
  3. Bioinstrumentation

Goals and Objectives

The principal objective for the program is to provide an educational environment and experience for students to acquire the analytical skills required to perform academic or industrial activities that result in technological innovations. The two specific programmatic goals include:

  • Providing each student with an individualized, advanced course of study that delivers the analytical tools to perform fundamental and applied research in each track’s focus area.
  • Obtaining the requisite technical knowledge that can be applied
    to management, marketing, sales and other entrepreneurial activities related to biomedical engineering.

The program’s three MS degree tracks include specific course sequences that ensure that a student is prepared to pursue a career in their field of interest. Further, within each track, students can elect to pursue either a “course only” option or a “research thesis” option that includes doing research in laboratories at Tandon’s School of Engineering; NYU Medical, Dental and Nursing Schools; and other NYU-affiliated schools and hospitals; or with selected collaborative investigators in NYC Medical Centers and institutions.

Admission Requirements

The BME MS program will consider applications for admission from students with a BS/BA or a more advanced degree in either chemical, mechanical, electrical engineering; computer engineering or science; physics; mathematics, chemistry; biological sciences; bioengineering or biotechnology. We also consider applications from students with medical, dental, nursing and legal degrees.

The program requires that all applicants must have taken two semesters of college-level calculus and two semesters of calculus- based physics. It further highly recommends that each student’s undergraduate preparation include the following sequence of math and science courses:

  • 1 semester of linear algebra
  • 1 semester of ordinary differential equations
  • 1 semester of multivariable calculus
  • 2 semesters of biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with labs

For those focusing on the Biomaterials track, additional background in organic chemistry and biochemistry is desirable. For those choosing the Medical Imaging or Bioinstrumentation tracks, additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g. complex variables, partial differential equations are recommended. Though not required, exposure to CAD, Matlab, computer programming is highly desirable.

For International Students:
Applications can only be considered from international students who have completed all of the undergraduate math and science courses listed above.

For Domestic Students:
Applicants pursuing a career change and lacking some of the undergraduate courses listed above may be admitted conditionally if they present a strong record of achievement in their undergraduate field of study and agree to enroll in the missing undergraduate courses to raise their level of knowledge so that they are better prepared for the analytically rigorous course work that is part of the BME MS program. Such undergraduate courses do not count toward the MS degree’s credit requirements.