biomedical engineering

Degrees Offered

Master of Science
Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy


M.S.: Bioinstrumentation/Computers, Biomechanics/Biomaterials, Rehabilitation Bioengineering, Systems Physiology
M.E.: Biocomputing, Bioimaging, Bioinstrumentation, Biomechanics, Biorehabilitation
Ph.D.: Bioengineering*, Bioinstrumentation/Computers, Biomechanics/Biomaterials, Functional Imaging*, Rehabilitation Bioengineering, Systems Physiology

Program Description

The biomedical engineering program is interdisciplinary in nature, involving the application of engineering and mathematics to the solution of problems related to medicine and biology. The faculty reflect this interdisciplinary nature in their courses and research. Marquette faculty are synergistically complemented by faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Department of Biomedical Engineering fosters collaborative interactions between the two institutions. Research can be characterized by the general areas of bioinstrumentation/computers, biomechanics/biomaterials, rehabilitation bioengineering and systems physiology. More specific areas of research include: artificial limbs/prostheses, biomaterials, biotelemetry, cell transport and metabolism, cardiac electrophysiology, computers in medicine, functional imaging (magnetic resonance, X-ray), head and spinal cord trauma, hemodynamics, human motion analysis, medical and biological image analysis, physiological signal processing, rehabilitation engineering, systems physiology (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neuroscience, pulmonary), telerehabilitation, tissue engineering, hard and soft tissue biomechanics and transcutaneous power transfer.

The Master of Engineering in biomedical engineering is a non-thesis degree requiring 30 credit hours and a capstone comprehensive exam. It is designed for working engineers. Applicants are encouraged to have at least one year of post-baccalaureate professional work experience prior to starting the program. No financial assistance (fellowships, research and teaching assistantships) are provided to students in the master of engineering program.

*The Functional Imaging and Bioengineering specializations are joint doctoral programs with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE scores (General Test only).
  • A brief statement of purpose that includes the proposed area of research specialization.
  • For master of engineering applicants only: an interview with the M.E. program director.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), please be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School: Fall (August) Term: February 15, Spring (January) Term: November 15, Summer (May) Term: April 15.

Financial Aid

The Department of Biomedical Engineering draws on the university's financial aid resources and seeks additional public and private funds to offer qualified graduate students opportunities as research fellows, teaching assistants, research assistants and minority student fellows. Applicants may also be considered for the Research Leaders Fellowship. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.