3+1 Program

Dual BS/MSE degree program

The newest addition to our suite of master’s degree offerings, the dual BS/MSE degree program is intended for highly motivated biomedical engineering students who wish to pursue advanced studies. Students will complete both degrees by the end of their fourth year, with the opportunity to pursue an additional research thesis during an optional fifth year. This accelerated timeline is designed to maximize students’ training potential, making our graduates more competitive for careers in industry or admission to medical school and PhD programs.

Eligibility and Application

Both prospective and current undergraduate students can apply for the dual BS/MSE degree program.

Prospective students can indicate their interest in the program on their application for the undergraduate program. Students accepted into the BME undergraduate program are given early admission into the dual degree program as long as they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Matriculate with 24 or more AP credits in science and/or math
  • GPA: 3.3 or higher

Current BME undergraduates interested in the program are guaranteed admission if they maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher through April of their third year and are on track to complete the requirements of both degrees in four years.

Students should contact Raimond Winslow, Vice Chair of Academic Programs, to apply to the BS/MSE degree program.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the dual BS/MSE degree program will complete the undergraduate and master’s degree requirements by the end of their fourth year. Because this is a co-terminal degree program, students will retain their eligibility for financial aid during their fourth-year graduate studies. Some courses may count toward both the undergraduate and master’s degree requirements; see here for policies on double-counting.

As part of the undergraduate curriculum, students will engage in project-based courses in their choice of specialized focus area. Aligned with the department’s cutting-edge research thrusts, these focus areas ensure that the student curriculum is driven by the latest advances in emerging BME disciplines. In this way, students will develop practical, hands-on skills that will prepare them for their future careers in industry, medicine, or research.

As part of the master’s curriculum, students will continue to build expertise in their selected focus area through advanced, project-based courses. Students may also choose to complete a research thesis during an optional second year of graduate study in labs throughout the Johns Hopkins schools of Engineering and Medicine.

For more information on coursework, please visit the focus areas below:

Student Support

Our personalized advising program will help students stay on track to complete their degree requirements within four years. Starting in their second year, students will be paired with a faculty advisor in their chosen focus area. As experts in their respective fields, these advisors will help students navigate course schedules, research opportunities, and career options to ensure success both during and after their time at Johns Hopkins.

Hear from former BME MSE students

“The BME MSE program provided me with the skills I needed to be an effective researcher and biomedical engineer. The program structure allowed me to take classes that increased my knowledge in biomedical engineering fundamentals while also letting me explore more specific areas. The emphasis on research was particularly beneficial for me because I was able to develop creative new ideas by applying engineering principles to relevant, real-world problems.” – Luke Osborn


“Being an international master’s student at Hopkins has been exciting and challenging. The accommodating seniors and amazing faculty made the challenges much easier to handle. Getting to work with people from different cultures and educational backgrounds has only enhanced my learning experience. I got to learn, teach, and research all at once. The opportunities that Hopkins BME has to offer are immense, and my time here has definitely helped me make a well-informed and more confident career decision.” – Sapna Kumar


“As someone who has aimed for a career in industry, but wanted to first focus in a specific discipline of BME, the master’s program was a perfect fit. Both the classes and research allowed me to tune my interests in biomedical optics, which gave me the knowledge and experience many industry imaging positions seek out in candidates. The faculty are very dedicated to their students and are always willing to take extra time to help mentor you, whether it be through classes, research projects, or career options.” – Jordan Sweer