MSE program degree requirements

The BME Department Offers Two Degree Options

Course-based Degree Option

The course-based degree option will require the completion of 30 credits (the equivalent of 10 full courses) that meet the following stipulations:

  • The “core” requirement of two Systems Bioengineering courses.
  • Five additional 400-level or higher courses focused in a selected biomedical engineering sub-discipline (e.g., cell and tissue engineering, computational biology, imaging, instrumentation, or systems biology) as approved by the student’s advisor.
  • Three additional classes that will consist of math, science, medicine, or technology coursework related to biomedical engineering, which can also include up to 4 half courses (equivalent to 2 full courses) of the JHU Center for Leadership’s Professional Development Courses (e.g,. 633.645, 663.650, 663.646, and 663.651).

In all cases, credit for a “full course” is based on a semester-long, 3 or 4 credit (or equivalent, based on the number of hours a class is in session each week) Homewood class. Public Health courses — which are offered on a quarter instead of semester basis — will receive prorated credit, with two courses counting as one full course and three as two. In addition, many School of Medicine courses count as “half” courses and students will receive credit accordingly.

Thesis-based Degree Option

Each student will take a minimum of 24 credits (the equivalent of 8 full courses) at the 400-level or higher and complete a thesis, including one or more research/practicum courses.

Students fulfill the course requirement by taking two courses in the Systems Bioengineering (SBE) sequence (580.421, 580.422 or 580.429) and other advanced engineering, math and science courses. (JHU undergraduates will replace the SBE sequence and take two additional courses in advanced engineering, math or science.)

Thesis track students must also complete a thesis based on a research topic requiring application of quantitative or applied engineering principles to biomedical engineering.

Course Selection, Approval, and “Double-Counting” Policies

Course selection will be guided by a description of potential tracks/focus areas that will be provided online, and through discussion with a committee that consists of the BME MSEDirector and Administrator for non-thesis track students, and the BME MSE Administrator and Research Advisor for thesis track students.

Course approval will be managed through course selection approval forms and checklists similar to those used for the BME undergraduate program and other Whiting School of Engineering Master’s programs.

Whiting School policies allowing the “double counting” of two full 600-level or higher courses for both an undergraduate degree and the BME MSE degree will apply.

Double counting will NOT apply towards Systems Bioengineering courses (which are 400-level). Instead students will be required to take two additional courses approved by the student’s advisor, consistent with current policy for the thesis-based MSE degree option.

Double counting will not apply to non-Hopkins courses (i.e., credit towards the MSE degree will only be awarded to courses taken at Johns Hopkins.