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MS Biomedical Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

53460 USD
53460 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715

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About this course

The Master’s degree program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Columbia University offers world-class biomedical engineering education and opportunities for cutting edge research and innovation. The mission of the Master’s program is to prepare talented students from diverse backgrounds to become innovative, socially responsible leaders in engineering, science, and medicine. Graduates from our Master’s program have landed top positions in the medical device industry and at engineering consulting firms, have founded their own medical technology companies, and have gone on to advanced graduate studies in engineering and professional studies in medicine. The Master’s degree program in the Department of BME at Columbia University offers a surprising mix of the intellectual atmosphere of an Ivy League institution and the sense of community of a small college, enriched by the diversity of New York City.


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Eligibility Criteria

All applicants to our MS program should have a solid foundation in mathematics, including multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations and experience in computer programming (Matlab or Python).

Eligibility Requirements 

The basic requirement for admission as a graduate student is the bachelor's degree received from an institution of acceptable standing. Ordinarily, the applicant will have majored in the field in which graduate study is intended, but in certain programs preparation in a related field of engineering or science is acceptable. The applicant will be admitted only if the undergraduate record shows promise of productive and effective graduate work.

The M.S. degree is required for admission into the Ph.D. and Eng.Sc.D. degree programs. A student who holds an appropriate bachelor's degree in engineering may apply for admission for study for either the M.S. only or M.S. leading to Ph.D.

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Course Modules

n consultation with an appointed faculty adviser, M.S. students should select a program of 30 points of credit of graduate courses (4000 level or above) appropriate to their career goals. This program must include the course in computational modeling of physiological systems (BMEN E6003); two semesters of BMEN E9700: Biomedical engineering seminar; at least four other biomedical engineering courses; and at least one graduate-level mathematics course (excluding statistics).

Master’s students interested in pursuing research can choose up to 6 credits (2 semesters) of research under the guidance of a BME faculty member. It is the responsibility of the student to contact individual faculty to find research opportunities. Research can be done for either credit or stipend, but not both simultaneously. If a Master’s student is interested in conducting research, it is in their best interest to begin contacting research advisors as early as possible in the semester. A thesis based on experimental, computational, or analytical research is optional.  Students wishing to pursue the Master’s Thesis option should register for BMEN E9100 Master’s Research and consult with their BME faculty adviser.

Master’s candidates are self-funded and must complete the aforementioned coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for degree conferral. After completion of the M.S. degree requirements, students must apply for graduation through the registrar’s office.

  • Total credits - 30 credits = 10 classes
  • Required Courses (18 credits)
    • BMEN E6003 Comp Modeling of Physiologic Systems
    • 1 Graduate Level Math course (>4000 level, non-stat)
    • 4 BME Graduate Classes (>4000 level)
    • 2 semesters BMEN 9700 Graduate Seminar
  • Technical Electives (12 credits)
    • Content should be BME-related
    • 3 Courses in SEAS > 4000 level or higher
    • 1 graduate level course permitted outside of SEAS (with Academic Advisor approval)

It is recommended that students without an undergraduate degree in BME or Biology take BMEN E4001 and E4002 as part of their MS degree requirements.

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Additional Requirements 
If you meet the following criteria you must submit additional material(s) as indicated:

  • Applied Physics Doctoral applicants: Official GRE Physics Subject Test Score
  • International applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was received in a country in which English is not the official and spoken language must meet the following additional requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) official scores required. An exception is made for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree or complete a master's degree in the United States before enrollment, in this case the applicant is not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
  • Doctoral applicants to Computer Science must send the following documents by postal mail upon submission of the application (applicants to other programs will be asked to provide these documents at a later date):
    1. Official transcript from every post-secondary institution attended, from the institution in a sealed envelope
    2. Official copies of diploma/degree certificates (international students only)
    3. Translation of the official transcript(s) and degree/diploma certificate(s) is required if the institution(s) you attended does not issue transcripts in English. The translation must be conducted by a reputable service provider.  Personal transcript translations will not be accepted.

Candidates should NOT submit copies of awards, financial documentation, or other additional documents that are not required with the applicaiton. Submission of extra documents will not enhance chances of being admitted. Documents submitted will not be returned.

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