Are you interested in a 21st-century career in a growing and cutting edge field? Do you want to make improvements in the quality of life for many people by helping find solutions to complex scientific and medical problems?

The master of science in biomedical engineering provides a foundation for a highly trained work force to become leaders who support economic development, industry, and academia.

Biomedical engineering integrates science with biology and medicine to solve clinical problems. Biomedical engineers are involved in the development of many types of medical procedures and devices such as prosthesis, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, dialysis machines, and MRI imaging systems. They also take part in biomedical research and the development of biomaterials, bioelectronics, and biomechanics, including tissue generation and bioengineering blood vessels and organs.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina offers academic programs in engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and business all on one campus. Students will be engaged in multidisciplinary research focused on device/equipment design and the application of innovative, advanced technologies to solve complex problems in the life sciences, medicine, and health-care industry. The small program provides high faculty interaction in courses and in research.

What You Will Study


Application for admission to the graduate program in biomedical engineering must meet the general requirements of admission set forth by the Graduate School. Advanced, highly motivated undergraduate students, may apply to the integrated bachelor's/master's in biomedical engineering.

    Requirements for Admission:

    Applicants for study in biomedical engineering are expected to have a bachelor's degree in engineering with a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate study. The following preparatory courses are recommended:

      Conditional Admission:

      Applicants may be granted conditional admission if they do not qualify for regular admission. Students entering from disciplines other than engineering may find it necessary to take preparatory undergraduate and/or graduate level courses that serve as prerequisites. Preparatory courses that are for undergraduate credit only may not be applied toward credit hours required for a graduate degree.

      Integrated Bachelor's/Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering

       This program will be initiated while undergraduates are completing the BS degree in engineering and is intended for outstanding engineering undergraduates who have worked with a thesis advisor during their undergraduate studies. For this program, graduate student course work will begin in the students' fourth year of undergraduate study and be completed with one academic year of study beyond the bachelor's degree. It is anticipated that a full year of study beyond completion of undergraduate engineering requirements will be required to complete this program. Engineering students may apply to the program after completion of a minimum of 80 eligible undergraduate credit hours, and can enter the program after completion of a minimum of 95 eligible undergraduate credit hours (a minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the bachelor of science in engineering degree). The minimum GPA at the time of admission and entry to the program is 3.5.

      Students applying to the integrated bachelor's/master's in biomedical engineering program will go through the regular graduate application process with the following exceptions:

        Degree Requirements

        The university confers the degree of master of science in biomedical engineering when the candidate has earned at least 32 s.h. of graduate credit. In addition to the course work each student must complete a research-based thesis, a comprehensive defense of thesis proposal, a seminar based on thesis research, and a thesis defense.

          Required Courses

          Required biomedical engineering courses include BIME 6000, five BIME electives, and BIME 7000. One graduate level technical elective, approved by the program director, may be substituted for a BIME elective. In addition to the courses offered in the Department of Engineering, all students must complete one graduate level course in advanced mathematics, biology or physiology, and biostatistics. Contact program director for approved list of graduate courses offered outside of the Department of Engineering.

            • BIME 6000 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Research
            • BIME 7000 - Thesis
            • Students must complete
            • BIME 6200 - Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements
            • BIME 6250 - Biomedical Signal Processing
            • BIME 6300 - Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
            • BIME 6350 - Cardiovascular Mechanics
            • BIME 6400 - Biomaterials
            • BIME 6450 - Biomolecular Engineering
            • BIME 6500 - Introduction to Tissue Engineering
            • BIME 6700 - Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering
            • Note:

              One graduate level technical elective approved by the program director may be substituted for a BIME elective.

            For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

            Careers With This Degree

            Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

            • Scientific and Technical Services
            • Engineering Managers
            • Biomedical Engineers
            • Education and Training
            • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

            Career Opportunities

            ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

            NC Tower

            This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

            • Self-employed;
            • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
            • Work outside of North Carolina.

            US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

            This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

            Degree-specific internships

            For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.