Fall Deadline December 15
Spring Deadline October 1
Summer Deadline December 15
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3*

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, industrial, mechanical, etc.) or science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, immunology, physics, etc.). Each application is judged on the basis of:

All applicants must satisfy requirements that are set forth by the Graduate School. Students admitted to the program may be required to make up deficiency course requirements.

To apply to the BME program, complete applications, including supportive materials, must be submitted as described below and received by the deadline.

Official Academic Transcript

Electronically submit one copy of your transcript of all undergraduate and previous graduate work along with your online application to the Graduate School. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted for review, but official copies are required for admitted students. Please do not send transcripts or any other application materials to the Graduate School or the BME department unless requested. If you have questions, please contact bmegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL is required for international students unless a degree from a U.S. educational institution is held. Scores should be sent using institution code 1846.

An applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237; (TOEFL internet-based iBT) test score below 92; or IELTS score below 7;  must take an English assessment test upon arrival. Depending on your score, you may need to register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in the first semester you are enrolled.

Three Letters of Recommendations

These letters are required from people who can accurately judge the applicant's academic performance. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically to graduate programs through the online application. Applicants should not send any more than three letters (if more than three are sent, only the first three will be considered). See the Graduate School for FAQs regarding letters of recommendation.

Statement of Purpose

In this document, applicants should explain why they want to pursue further education in BME (see the Graduate School for more advice on how to structure a personal statement).

Resume 

Upload your resume in your application.

Application Fee

Submission must be accompanied by the one-time application fee. It is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa) or debit/ATM. By state law, this fee can only be waived or deferred through the conditions outlined here by the Graduate School.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No Yes

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (https://registrar.wisc.edu/course-guide/).
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations There are no degree-specific assessments and examinations outside of those given in individual courses.
Language Requirements None.

Required Courses

The required coursework is designed to complement each student's interests and background in biomedical engineering.

General Requirements
2 semesters of B M E 701
Bioscience credits3
Engineering credits, 400 level and above12
Elective credits selected in consultation with advisor0-15
Project or Independent Study (B M E 790 or B M E 799)0-6
Total Credits30

Students choose one of the following areas of specialization. Of the credits above, 15 credits must be in one area of specialization.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering1

Biomaterials and tissue engineering employ a diverse range of approaches to develop methods to diagnose and treat diseases, create living tissue environments that may be used to restore the function of a damaged organ, and uncover biological mechanisms related to tissue development and disease. Graduate students trained in biomaterials and tissue engineering are expected to gain a detailed understanding of cellular and molecular biology, materials science, and engineering methods. 

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Fundamentals of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Molecular and Cellular Organogenesis
Biology of Heart Disease and Regeneration
Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Biological Interactions with Materials
Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Stem Cell Bioengineering
Engineering Extracellular Matrices
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems
Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications
Polymer Science and Technology
Synthetic Organic Materials in Biology and Medicine
Biological Engineering: Molecules, Cells & Systems
Materials Chemistry of Polymers
Advanced Polymeric Materials
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Introduction to Biostatistics
Advanced Bioinformatics
Data Visualization
Statistical Methods for Bioscience I
Statistical Methods for Molecular Biology
Systems Biology: Mammalian Signaling Networks
Biochemical Engineering
Microscopy of Life
Biological Optical Microscopy
Modeling Biological Systems
Design of Biological Molecules

Biomechanics1

Biomechanists use experiments and computational tools to investigate the mechanical aspects of biological systems, at levels ranging from whole organisms to organs, tissues, and cells. Graduate students trained in biomechanics are expected to gain a detailed understanding of mechanics, mathematics, biology, and engineering.

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of a Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Physiology
Fundamentals of Human Physiology
Biology of Heart Disease and Regeneration
Cardiorespiratory Adaptions to Environment and Exercise
Cell Biology
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Orthopaedic Biomechanics - Design of Orthopaedic Implants
Biomechanics of Human Movement
Biofluidics
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (Advanced Tissue Mechanics)
Topics in Bio-Medical Engineering (Topics: FE (Finite Elements) for Biomechanics, Image-Based Biomechanics, and Cell Mechanics)
Tissue Mechanics
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis
Composite Materials
Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
Experimental Mechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Advanced Mechanics of Materials I
Fracture Mechanics
Heterogeneous and Multiphase Materials
Mechanical Vibrations
Introduction to Finite Elements
Micro- and Nanoscale Mechanics
Mechanics of Continua
Viscoelastic Solids
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Applied Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
Statistical Experimental Design
Matrix Methods in Machine Learning
Introduction to Biostatistics
Learning a Programming Language
Microscopy of Life
Introduction to Robotics

Biomedical Imaging and Optics1

Biomedical imaging and optics research develops and utilizes new experimental and computational tools to characterize tissue structure across multiple size scales. A particular focus in on human health, especially with respect to achieving superior diagnostic/prognostic tools for a spectrum of diseased states. Graduate students trained in this track are expected to gain a detailed understanding of mathematics, biology and engineering as well as optical and/or physical methods.

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Physiology
Cell Biology
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Medical Imaging Systems
Medical Image Science: Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations
Imaging in Medicine: Applications
Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
Non-Ionizing Diagnostic Imaging
Microscopy of Life
Advances in Medical Magnetic Resonance
Biological Optical Microscopy
Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics
The Physics of Medical Imaging with Ionizing Radiation
Principles of X-ray Computed Tomography
Machine Learning in Ultrasound Imaging
All of Signal Processing
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Applied Linear Algebra
Learning a Programming Language
Computer Vision
Computational Methods for Medical Image Analysis
Matrix Methods in Machine Learning

Medical and Microdevices1

Medical and microdevices involve the use of electronic and computational tools to develop devices used in diagnosis and treatment of disease ranging from the systemic to the cellular and molecular levels.

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Physiology
Introduction to Biochemistry
Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Biology/Pathology
Neurobiology
Cell Biology
Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Medical Instrumentation
Therapeutic Medical Devices
Introduction to Energy-Tissue Interactions
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (Topics: Medical Design & Manufacturing, Intro. to Neuroengineering, and/or Biosensors)
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Applied Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
Programming II
Data Science Programming II
Learning a Programming Language (multiple 1-credit options, including R, C++, and Matlab)
All of Signal Processing

Neuroengineering1

Neuroengineering is the convergence of neuroscience, computation, device development, and mathematics to improve human health. Neuroengineering brings together state-of-the-art technologies for the development of devices and algorithms to assist those with neural disorders. It is also used to reverse engineer living neural systems via new algorithms, technologies and robotics. Students pursing this track are involved in all of these endeavors so that as the next generation of engineers, they will transcend the traditional boundaries of neuroscience, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Neural Basis for Movement
Principles of Motor Control and Learning
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience
Neuronal Mechanisms for Sensation and Memory in Cerebral Cortex
Neurobiology of Disease
Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments I
Perceptual and Cognitive Sciences
Development of the Nervous System
Physiology
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Therapeutic Medical Devices
Stem Cell Bioengineering
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (Topics: Intro. to Neuroengineering, Medical Design & Manufacturing, and/or Biosensors)
Medical Instrumentation
Computers in Medicine
All of Signal Processing
Introduction to Optimization
Image Processing
Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks
Methods for Neuroimaging Research
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Applied Linear Algebra
Data Science Programming II
Learning a Programming Language (multiple 1-credit options, including R, C++, and Matlab)
Medical Image Analysis
Computer Vision
Computational Methods for Medical Image Analysis

Systems and Synthetic Biology1

Systems and synthetic biology utilizes experimental and computational tools in an iterative fashion to analyze and regulate biological systems.

Required courses:
At least 3 credits of Bioscience. Relevant options include:3 or more
Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
Synthetic Biology Seminar
Introduction to Biochemistry
Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
Eukaryotic Molecular Biology
Advanced Topics
Cell Biology
Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
At least 12 credits of Engineering. Relevant options include:12 or more
Introduction to Biological and Medical Microsystems
Systems Biology: Mammalian Signaling Networks
Methods in Quantitative Biology
Biochemical Engineering
Biological Engineering: Molecules, Cells & Systems
Modeling Biological Systems
Intermediate Problems in Chemical Engineering
Electives (taken in consultation with your faculty advisor):
Applied Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations
Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Biomedical Infomatics
Advanced Bioinformatics
Learning a Programming Language (multiple 1-credit options available, including R, C++, and Matlab)

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

nAMED oPTION-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

A student may transfer graduate coursework from other institutions with program approval. These courses may not be used toward the Graduate School's Minimum Graduate Residence Credit. Coursework earned five years or more prior to admission to the master's program is not allowed to satisfy requirements. Reach out to the BME Graduate Coordinator for more information.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

A student who has completed their bachelor's degree at UW-Madison may transfer 6 credits of coursework with program approval. These courses must be  coursework numbered 400 level or above. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a M.S. degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements. These courses may not be used toward the Graduate School's Minimum Graduate Residence Credit.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement and, the minimum graduate degree credit requirement; if that coursework is numbered 700 or above it may be used to satisfy the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement.

Probation

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits 

Time Constraints

The accelerated MS program is typically completed in less than 18 months.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements but that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

BME Grievance Procedures

If a student feels unfairly treated or aggrieved by faculty, staff, or another student, the University offers several avenues to resolve the grievance.

Step 1

The student is encouraged to speak first with the person toward whom the grievance is directed to see if a situation can be resolved at this level. Students are also encouraged to talk with their faculty advisors regarding concerns or difficulties, or reach out to the Graduate Student Services Coordinator or Associate Chair of BME Graduate Advising for additional assistance. These activities do not rise to the level of a formal grievance; however, the student is encouraged to keep documentation of these interactions as they may be useful if a formal grievance is pursued. 

Step 2

Should a satisfactory resolution not be achieved, a formal grievance can be filed with the BME Grievance Committee. To do so, the student contacts the Department Administrator, who will provide the student with the name of the current chair of the Grievance Committee. The student will then contact the Chair of the Grievance Committee, who will reply within seven calendar days. If the grievance is with the current Chair of the Grievance Committee, please let the Department Administrator know and they will identify an alternate committee member to contact. It is advised that grievances are filed within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment to enable a thorough investigation. 

Step 3

If the student does not feel comfortable working through the departmental process, they are encouraged to seek out other campus resources including: 

  • The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering 
  • The Graduate School 
  • UW Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) 
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center 
  • Employee Assistance Office 
  • Ombuds Office 
  • University Health Services 

Step 4

At this point, if either party (the student or the person toward whom the grievance is directed) is unsatisfied with the decision of the faculty committee, the party may file a written appeal. Either party has ten working days to file a written appeal to the School/College. For more information, students should consult the College of Engineering Academic Advising Policies and Procedures. 

Step 5

Documentation of the grievance will be stored for at least seven years. Significant grievances that set a precedent will be stored indefinitely. The Graduate School has procedures for students wishing to appeal a grievance decision made at the school/college level. These policies are described in the Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures.

Other

Due to the accelerated, course-based nature of the Biomedical Engineering Accelerated Master’s  program, students cannot hold funded appointments such as research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or project assistantships, either inside the BME department or elsewhere on campus.  These appointments may impact the student’s progress and are inconsistent with the nature of an accelerated program. Compliance with this policy will be confirmed by regular audits of appointments.  Students can be placed in probation for failure to adhere to these policies. 

In the uncommon instance that a BME Accelerated MS student has an offer for a funded appointment (research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or project assistantship) they may appeal this policy. In order to initiate the process, the student should contact the Associate Chair of the Master’s degree program, Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez and provide details on the funded position.  Dr. Suarez-Gonzalez will bring the student’s request to the other members of the appeals committee and the committee will determine if the student can accept the funded appointment. The student may not accept the position without approval from the appeals committee.

Students in this program may not take courses outside the prescribed curriculum without faculty advisor approval. Students in this program cannot enroll concurrently in other undergraduate, graduate or certificate programs.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Program Resources

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) 

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps graduate students and postdoctoral researchers:

  • assess current skills, interests, and strengths;
  • make a plan for developing skills to meet academic and professional goals; and
  • communicate with supervisors, advisors, and mentors about evolving goals and related skills.

The IDP is a document to be revisited again and again, to update and refine as goals change and/or come into focus, and to record progress and accomplishments. 

The university recommends IDPs for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, and requires IDPs for all postdoctoral researchers and graduate students supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. See the Graduate School for more information and IDP resources.

Engineering Career Services

The Engineering Career Services staff offers assistance to students searching or preparing for internships, co-ops, and jobs with well-recognized organizations.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is a campus-wide organization that provides free of charge, face-to-face and online consultations for students writing papers, reports, resumes, and applications.

Faculty


Paul Campagnola (Chair)
Randolph Ashton
David Beebe
Walter Block
Christopher Brace
Kevin Eliceiri
Shaoqin 'Sarah' Gong
Aviad Hai
Melissa Kinney
Pamela Kreeger
Wan-ju Li
Kip Ludwig
Kristyn Masters
Megan McClean
Beth Meyerand
William Murphy
Jeremy Rogers
Krishanu Saha
Melissa Skala
Darryl Thelen
Justin Williams
Colleen Witzenburg
Filiz Yesilkoy

Instructional Staff and Faculty Associates

Amit Nimunkar
John Puccinelli
Tracy Jane Puccinelli
Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez
Aaron Suminski

See also Biomedical Engineering Faculty Directory.