Master of Engineering in Bioengineering


The University of Kansas (KU) Master of Engineering in Bioengineering degree program is a coursework only master’s degree. It is very similar to the Master of Science in Bioengineering degree at the University of Kansas. The primary difference is the elimination of research, the thesis and the thesis defense. The thesis credit hours are replaced with the same credit hours of coursework.

This degree will prepare students to be more effective in their careers in medicine, private commercial firms, and with entrepreneurship in a start-up company. The coursework-only Master of Engineering in Bioengineering degree is an efficient way for baccalaureate graduates to get more in-depth background and credentials in bioengineering prior to seeking employment. The program is rigorous, and places high demands on the student who must demonstrate that they understand interdisciplinary concepts. The Master of Engineering in Bioengineering degree program provides knowledge breadth in engineering and the biological sciences, and knowledge depth in a particular focused area of coursework.

Applicants for the Master of Engineering in Bioengineering will have a baccalaureate degree in engineering, biological science, or a related field. Successful applicants will have strong academic credentials and demonstrated potential for advanced study by performance at the baccalaureate level. The completed Master of Engineering in Bioengineering is evidence of an ability to work as an engineer who is capable of advanced analysis and design. The holder of this degree will have completed significant course work to advance their knowledge and abilities in the area of bioengineering.

Master of Engineering students will choose an area of focus from the Bioengineering track list to determine their coursework requirements. 

  1. Bioimaging
  2. Computational bioengineering
  3. Biomaterials and tissue engineering
  4. Biomechanics and neural engineering
  5. Biomedical product design and development 
  6. Biomolecular engineering

The individual track requirements can be found on the Bioengineering website. The student, in consultation with their academic advisor, develops a Plan of Study to satisfy the degree requirements.

Financial Aid

Once admitted, students become eligible for financial aid and are encouraged to file the FAFSA. Students pursuing the Master of Engineering in Bioengineering will not be considered for Graduate Assistantships within the Bioengineering Program and should plan to fund the ME degree through their own efforts or external funding.