ASU’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering is actively engaged in pushing the boundaries of science, medicine and engineering in areas that include cardiovascular engineering, imaging, biovirtual reality, rehabilitation, neuroengineering, biomaterials, synthetic biology, tissue engineering, biosensors, regenerative medicine, biomechanics and medical devices and diagnostics.

New biotechnical and biomedical industries are emerging, and biomedical engineers are in demand. U.S. News and World Report (March 2010) projects careers in biomedical engineering to be the highest in growth between 2008 and 2018.

If you want to start a company, discover new therapies, create engineered gene networks, research brain machine interfaces, develop virtual reality based rehabilitation engines, or grow new organs, then the faculty of ASU’s Graduate Programs in Biomedical Engineering are here to help you along your journey.

Degrees Offered

Biomedical Engineering M.S.

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D.

School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering.

Tempe campus
Tempe, Arizona

Application Deadlines


Priority – December 15


Priority – August 31

Financing Your Education

Fellowships through ASU and external resources, along with research and teaching assistant positions, offer many alternatives to fund your education expenses at ASU—often for multiple years or even the full course of study. Fellowship resources are limited, and many fellowships require U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States.

Fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis as part of the graduate program application process.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

M.S. Curriculum

All successful applicants are admitted into the program as a non-thesis, applied project student. Upon entry into the program, admitted students may transition to a thesis curriculum.  Each track requires 30 credit hours of coursework.

2 credits of Seminar
3 credits of Seminar
6 credits of Quantitative Electives
6 credits of Quantitative Electives
6 credits of General Electives
6 credits of General Electives
13 credits of BME coursework
9 credits of BME coursework
3 credits of Applied Project
6 credits of Thesis

Prerequisites and Deficiencies

The graduate committee reviews an applicant’s transcript, undergraduate degree and research/internship background when determining any prerequisites and deficiencies that may be needed.  Typically applicants who have not received a prior degree in biomedical engineering will need to build a solid foundation of engineering and biomedical concepts prior to applying for the program.  The list of required courses includes (Download a version of the Prerequisites):

All of the following courses:

  • Biochemistry or upper level Biology
  • Physiology
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • Physics with Calculus I
  • Physics with Calculus II

Four of the following six topics must all be completed:

  • Thermodynamics or Physical Chemistry:  Variety of courses available
  • Fluid Mechanics or Bioengineering Transport Phenomenon:  Variety of courses available (including BME 331)
  • Engineering Mechanics:  MAE 212
  • Electrical Networks:  Circuits I:  EEE 202
  • Signals and Systems:  BME 350 or EEE 203
  • Biomaterials:  BME 318

Applicants may finalize their application while completing the final two courses from the above lists.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
ASU Graduate Standards
Fulton Schools of Engineering