Biomedical Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

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UW–Madison’s Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program gives you the engineering knowledge and business savvy to succeed—all in just one year.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Accelerated Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship program gives you the interdisciplinary training you need to break into a career at the interface of engineering and business. Offered through the College of Engineering in cooperation with the School of Business, you learn from acclaimed experts in both fields and graduate prepared to succeed as an engineer in the business world.

Our program is accelerated and course-based, so you graduate in only one year, with no thesis required. Instead, you choose from a list of select courses to tailor a curriculum that suits your own personal and professional interests. The biomedical engineering product field is evolving rapidly and our program provides both a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum to address many needs. You will learn in project-based classes and gain advanced knowledge in design, prototyping, and manufacturing as well as general business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and project management.

If you are ready to contribute to the biomedical engineering field, and want to do it quickly, our one-year interdisciplinary program is for you.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Accelerated Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship program gives you the interdisciplinary training you need to break into a career at the interface of engineering and business. Offered through the College of Engineering in cooperation with the School of Business, you learn from acclaimed experts in both fields and graduate prepared to succeed as an engineer in the business world.

Our program is accelerated and course-based, so you graduate in only one year, with no thesis required. Instead, you choose from a list of select courses to tailor a curriculum that suits your own personal and professional interests. The biomedical engineering product field is evolving rapidly and our program provides both a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum to address many needs. You will learn in project-based classes and gain advanced knowledge in design, prototyping, and manufacturing as well as general business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and project management.

If you are ready to contribute to the biomedical engineering field, and want to do it quickly, our one-year interdisciplinary program is for you.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE or MCAT scores using code 1846.* (Waived for spring 2021 and fall 2021 applicants.)
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation.*

* May be waived for current biomedical engineering undergrads and alumni.

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Program highlights

  • The Biomedical Engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • 12 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Take 9 credits from the approved list of engineering courses in design, prototyping, and manufacturing.
  • Take 9 credits from the approved list of general business, entrepreneurship, and strategic innovation courses.
  • Up to 6 credits of other technical elective engineering courses.
  • Up to 3 credits of advanced design or an independent research project.
  • At least 15 of your credits must be at the graduate level.

Sample curriculum

Fall Semester (12 Credits)

  • Product Design
  • IP Rights, Innovation, Technology
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Stem Cell Bioengineering

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management of Innovation
  • Advanced CAD/CAM
  • Engineering Extracellular Matrices

Summer Session (6 Credits)

  • Design and Innovation
  • Advanced Independent Study

This is just a sample course path: there are many courses to choose from to fulfill your requirements.

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Research Development Engineer
  • Lead Engineer, Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Principal Research Development Engineer

Market Salary
$76K median salary in 20191

Projected Job Growth
7.0% for Biomedical Engineers (2016-2026)

Top Employers
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Medtronic
  • General Electric Company
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Philips

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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