Master's degree programs in biomedical engineering in Texas are very unique in the additional areas of concentration that they offer students. Most of these programs require 30 to 32 credits and allow students to pursue a thesis if they would like. Compare and contrast a few of the available programs in the state.
Texas Schools with Master's Programs in Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Through a partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio offers a Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering. The program requires at least 32 credits and has available concentrations in biomechanics, bioimaging and biomaterials. The program also focuses on biological areas in neural systems, orthopedics/dental tissues and cardiovascular systems. Students can choose from a thesis or non-thesis option, but either option still requires a research seminar and non-thesis students must complete a comprehensive exam or a biomedical project.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University in College Station has an MS, Master of Engineering (ME) and dual ME in Biomedical Engineering/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The MS program totals 32 credits and requires a thesis that students must also defend. The ME program offers tracks in clinical immersion, industry immersion or translational immersion and includes an immersion experience and opportunities for additional certifications. The dual ME/MBA program can be completed in 2.5 years and Texas A&M only offers a few slots for prospective students.
University of North Texas
Denton's University of North Texas provides an MS in Biomedical Engineering that also offers an optional Certificate in Health Services Management. The certificate program requires 4 additional courses that are completed online. The MS program has a thesis option that totals 30 semester hours or a non-thesis option that totals 33 semester hours. All students in the program take a required seminar and laboratory courses in biomedical engineering, as well as clinical instrumentation.
University of Houston
At the master's level, the University of Houston has a 30-credit MS program in biomedical engineering. The program has a thesis and non-thesis option and offers tracks in bionanoscience, neural engineering and rehabilitation and biomedical imaging. Students in both the thesis and non-thesis options take core courses in biomedical engineering, math and statistics and then students in the thesis option take additional thesis and research hours (including a seminar). Both options also allow students to choose from a variety of courses for electives that discuss topics in microdevices, global healthcare, genomic engineering, drug design and more.
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso offers a 36-credit MS in Biomedical Engineering program. Students in the program must choose a thesis track or non-thesis track that requires a final project or internship experience. Both tracks require clinical research, seminars and core coursework in areas such as anatomy, device design, physiology and entrepreneurship. All students also complete clinical rotations and a device practicum.
Common Entrance Requirements
Students applying to master's degree programs in biomedical engineering in Texas usually need to hold a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or another engineering, math, physical science or biological science field. These programs generally have a minimum GPA requirement around a 3.0 and may require students to have prior coursework in areas such as calculus, biology, chemistry and/or physics. Although some may not require specific GRE scores, most of these programs require the exam and may have recommended minimum scores for success in the program. Other common application materials for these master's programs include official transcripts, a resume, letters of recommendation and/or a personal statement. Some programs may also like to see any relevant work or research experience in the field.
Most Texas colleges with master's programs in biomedical engineering offer it as an MS degree, but other degrees are available. These programs usually have a thesis option and offer additional areas of concentration that vary greatly by institution.