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Master of Science in Bioengineering

Prospective Students

Bioengineering is one of the fastest growing job markets this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An advanced degree in this area provides numerous opportunities to work in health care, biomedical industry, government regulatory agencies and academia. At CU Denver, you’ll work with top faculty and researchers in the field, with a choice of training pathways in basic research, clinical applications or commercialization of medical technologies.

The Master of Science program prepares students for bioengineering careers in industry, government, or academia. Our MS program is offered to students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the life sciences. Students typically complete the degree in one to two years.




Life Sciences Core (6 credits)

Core I (3 credits):

  • BIOE 5010 Cell and Molecular Biology for Bioengineers 

Core II (3 credits): Choose ONE from the following: 

  • BIOE 5011 Systems Physiology for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5073 Neural Interfaces & Bionic Limbs 
  • CANB 7600 Cancer Biology 
  • NRSC 7600 Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • NRSC 7610 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Quantitative Methods Core (6 credits)

Core I (3 credits): 

  • BIOE 5020 Analytics Methods for Engineering Analysis 
Core II (3 credits):
  • BIOE 5021 Numerical Methods for Engineering Analysis

Technology Core (6 credits)

Choose six credits (usually two courses) from the following:

  • BIOE 5053: Optics and Microscopy in Biomedical Research 
  • BIOE 5063: 3D Modeling for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5064: Advanced MatLab for Bioengineers and Life Scientists
  • BIOE 5065: Introduction to iOS Applications
  • BIOE 5068: Imaging for Bioengineering 
  • BIOE 5069: Advanced Biomechanics
  • BIOE 5073: Neural Interfaces & Bionic Limbs
  • BIOE 5083: Polymers in Biomedical Applications
  • BIOE 5420: Special Topics in Bioengineering (for the following topics only): 
    • Regulatory Affairs Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology 
    • Introduction to Design, Disability, and Aging
    • BioDesign 
  • BIOL 6764: Biological Data Analysis
  • CSCI 5211: Mobile Computing and Programming
  • ELEC 5638: Digital Imaging Processing
  • ELEC 5667: Wavelet Theory and Application
  • MECH 5020: Biomechanics
  • MECH 5025: Advanced Biomechanics
  • MECH 5175: Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • MECH 5143: Theory of Elasticity

*Students may also apply the following courses from the University of Colorado Boulder toward the Technology Core Requirement.

  • MCEN 5115: Mechatronics & Robotics I (Boulder) 
  • MCEN 5023: Solid Mechanics I (Boulder)

Research and Clinical Core (3 credits)

Students will begin their Clinical Experience meetings in the fall; but will register for one-credit course in the spring. 

  • BIOE 5040 (2 credits) Research Methods for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5041 (1 credit) Clinical Experiences for Bioengineers

Electives and Research (9 credits)

  • 3-6 credits of project or thesis 
  • 3-6 credits of elective courses

Assistive Technology Emphasis

Assistive Technology is designed to help people with disabilities function more effectively. Students choosing an emphasis in this area will focus on clinical studies research and/or development. They will enroll in elective coursework with a focus on Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering and will likely complete a project or thesis under the mentorship of the clinical and research faculty at Assistive Technology Partners.

Basic Research Emphasis

This area emphasizes traditional research opportunities with a focus on scientific discovery. Work will involve primarily lab-based bench-top research and/or computer simulations. The approach will be hypothesis-driven, with expectations for academic productivity similar to most PhD programs in basic sciences and engineering, i.e., dissemination of research work through peer-reviewed outlets, ability to formulate and defend research approaches, etc. This emphasis is most applicable to students interested in pursuing research careers in academia or industry.

Biomedical Device Design Emphasis

This area emphasizes highly nontraditional work in that its primary goal is the commercialization of a novel biomedical technology, device or application. Students pursuing a degree with this emphasis will select elective coursework with focus on product development and/or Biodesign and will likely work with both clinical and research faculty in the development of their culminating project or thesis.

Clinical Imaging Emphasis

This area emphasizes clinical applications of bioengineering research with focus on translating engineering concepts into clinically useful tools, diagnostics, treatments, devices, or research methods. Students pursuing a degree with this emphasis will likely have both bioengineering and clinician co-mentors, and will spend substantial research time collecting data in the clinic or engaged in analyzing clinical data or images.

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

This area emphasizes the skills and strategies necessary to launch start-up biomedical technology companies. Students will likely enroll in elective coursework at the CU Denver School of Business and, upon acceptance, concurrently earn a Master of Business (MBA) or a certificate program through the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. Students will likely work with industry leaders in the development of their culminating project or thesis.

Regulatory Affairs Emphasis

Bioengineers must not only be well-versed in the Biodesign process, but must be familiar with compliance and regulation as it relates to this field. Students who graduate with an emphasis in regulatory affairs will enroll in elective coursework that introduces them to US and global regulation and will design a thesis or industry project with a focus on the regulatory oversight of new product development.

The dual degree requires 66 credit hours. Students must apply and be admitted to both programs to pursue the dual degree. Both degrees must be conferred at the same time.