Colorado State University, School of Biomedical Engineering
Colorado State University's ME program with a biomedical engineering specialization takes an interdisciplinary approach. The 30-credit program, which may be completed entirely online, was developed with 13 different departments at the university and is split into four sections—core, foundation, depth, and breadth.
In the core and foundation sections, students gain a foundational basis for their study by taking classes like quantitative systems physiology, biological physics, and structure and function of biomaterials. In the depth section, students select a particular interest, and then dig in, with classes like process control and instrumentation, digital signal processing, or biofluid mechanics. In the breadth section, students focus on applied and advanced mathematics, taking courses such as generalized regression models, nonparametric methods, and design and data analysis for researchers.
Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
Ranked in the top 20 in the nation, Johns Hopkins' online MS program in applied biomedical engineering draws upon the university's acclaimed expertise in biomedical research and medical care. The program consists of core classes that cover physiology and mathematical models as they apply to biomedical engineering.
Students then choose to specialize in translational tissue engineering, imaging, or instrumentation. The curriculum is rounded out by a series of electives, which include topics like human robotics interaction, computational genomics, theoretical neuroscience, and magnetic resonance in medicine. The program totals 30 credits and may be completed entirely online.
University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering
USC's online MS in biomedical engineering is one of the best, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The DEN@Viterbi student services model allows online students to fully engage with the on-campus classroom, with blended approaches to course enrollment, lecture offerings, homework assignments, academic advisement, and program orientation.
Students first take required core courses in biomedical systems, advanced studies of the nervous system, signal and systems analysis, and physiological control systems. Then, they complete a series of electives, many of which cover interdisciplinary topics and include classes like brain theory and artificial intelligence, mathematical pattern recognition, and medical imaging informatics. The program consists of 28 units and may be completed part- or full-time entirely online. Official GRE scores are optional but advisable.
The online ME in biomedical engineering at Rutgers provides an award-winning faculty, executive coaches for students, and the opportunity for one-on-one independent study. The entirely online 33-credit program is designed for avid researchers who want to focus on cutting-edge topics like tissue engineering and drug delivery.
The curriculum explores six areas of biomedical engineering, including biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering; computational bioengineering and biomedical imaging; molecular, cellular, and nanosystems bioengineering; neuroengineering; and physiological systems and bioinstrumentation. Official GRE scores are required as part of the admissions process.
Purdue University, College of Engineering
The entirely-online graduate-level biomedical engineering program at Purdue is packaged within the school's interdisciplinary MSE degree. This is a diverse 30-credit curriculum that offers a menu of courses in biomedical engineering, life science, analysis, regulatory engineering, and quantitative and analytical methods. In addition to biomedical engineering classes that explore biosensors, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and measurement and simulation of the nervous system, students can select elective courses in topics like regulatory compliance for biomedical devices, regenerative biology and tissue repair, biostatistics, and lumped system theory.
Home to the acclaimed Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's ME in bioengineering degree offers a nuanced technical education as well as a set of fundamental business skills so that graduates are prepared to take on supervisory roles in the industry. Students may choose a concentration in either bioinstrumentation, computational genomics, or general bioengineering.
Core bioengineering courses explore topics like conservation principles, signals and systems, and bioenergetics, while foundational business classes are offered in subjects like finance and innovation and managing business operations. Technical electives cover areas like cellular biomechanics, tissue engineering, and systems biology. The program consists of 32 credits and may be completed entirely online. Official GRE scores are required as part of the admissions process.