Graduate Opportunities

An increased emphasis on health care, innovative engineering and technological advances have contributed to a rising demand for biomedical engineers. The U.S. Department of Labor expects biomedical engineering to grow at an above average rate and become the fastest-growing engineering field over the next decade. With a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UNT, you’ll be prepared for an engineering career that solves societal problems, advances technology and improves the quality of life for people everywhere.

As a UNT biomedical engineering graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty who are conducting innovative research in biomaterials, biomedical instrumentation, nanotechnology and biomechanics. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with faculty members at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Research Opportunities

The College of Engineering has state-of-the-art instructional facilities and top-ranked research laboratories. With cutting-edge research equipment, our labs offer exciting possibilities for study and discovery. You can also work with faculty members researching:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

The Department of Biomedical Engineering evaluates applicants through a holistic review. You must apply for admission to the university through the Toulouse Graduate School® or the International Admissions Office. For details, visit graduateschool.unt.edu or international.unt.edu. You will also need to submit the following to the graduate school:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
  • Official transcripts and previous research or work experience

Degree requirements

You’ll plan your degree with the assistance and approval of your major professor and advisory committee. Supplementary courses will be required for applicants with undergraduate degrees not in biomedical engineering. A grade point average of at least 3.0 is required to stay in the program.

Thesis option

  • Minimum of 30 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 6 credit hours of BMEN (Biomedical Engineering) 5950 with a major professor (During the first 3 credit hours of BMEN 5950, you and your major professor define a thesis proposal and present the proposal to a faculty thesis committee for approval.)
  • 6 credit hours of graduate BMEN core courses
  • 9 credit hours of graduate BMEN courses
  • 9 credit hours of electives approved by your faculty advisor
  • Electives can be taken from biology, other engineering disciplines, computer science, health services administration, performing arts health, audiology or management courses from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

Non-thesis option

  • Minimum of 33 semester credit hours required beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • 6 credit hours of graduate BMEN core courses
  • 18 credit hours of graduate BMEN courses
  • 9 credit hours of electives (as stated in the thesis option) approved by your faculty advisor

M.S. – M.B.A. Program

The UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business and the College of Engineering offer a joint degree program that confers an M.B.A. in Business Management from the College of Business and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering, giving students the option to earn both in as little as two years.

Elective Options

General Electives

  • 5000- or 6000-level courses from any of BMEN, EENG, MEEN, CSCE, MTSE or BIOL.

Business Electives

  • Students may take courses from the departments of Management or Marketing and Logistics. This option requires 9 hours of 5000-level or above MGMT/LSCM/MKTG courses from the College of Business (graduate courses that do not require prerequisites). The selected courses can be in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology leadership and need to be approved by the graduate advisor.

Minors

Health Services Administration Minor

  • Students may earn a graduate minor in health services administration. The minor requires 9 hours of 5000-level or above HLSV courses from the College of Health and Public Service.

Performing Arts Health Minor

  • Students may earn a graduate minor in Performing Arts Health. The minor requires 9 hours of 5000-level or above MUPH courses from the College of Music.

Audiology Minor

  • Students may earn a graduate minor in Audiology. The minor requires 9 hours of 5000-level or above ASLP courses from the College of Health and Public Services.

Financial assistance

Assistantships provide financial support for many graduate students. Teaching assistantships are funded by the department and research assistantships are funded by individual faculty research grants. Only master’s students who select the thesis option are eligible for teaching or research assistantships. Out-of-state and international students who are funded part time are eligible for in-state tuition rates. A number of in-state tuition scholarships are also available.

Visit financialaid.unt.edu for information about other financial assistance programs.

Faculty

Clement Chan Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Protein and cellular engineering.

Melanie Ecker Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin. Smart polymers for biomedical applications.

Lin Li, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington joint program with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Computational neuroscience; neurology and medical imaging.

Brian Meckes, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. Nano particle drug delivery; stem cell programming; cell network design.

Rita Patterson, Adjunct Faculty; Ph.D., University of Texas — Medical Branch, Galveston. Biomechanics.

Xiaodan Shi, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Mississippi State University. Soft tissue engineering and biomechanics.

Vijay Vaidyanathan, Founding Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Biomedical instrumentation; exoskeletons for the elderly; biomedical optics — detection of oral cancer; EEG based epilepsy studies.

Huaxiao “Adam” Yang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Clemson University. Stem cell cardiovascular tissue engineering.

Yong Yang, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Biomedical nanotechnology.