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Biomedical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #31 (QS) , IL,
The Biomedical Engineering program of Northwestern University is targeted towards students who seek a career in the biomedical industry or pursue further formal education in graduate or professional schools.


The Biomedical Engineering program at Northwestern University is targeted toward students who seek a career in the biomedical industry. Applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree in engineering or in a field of quantitative science. Students without engineering degrees should have an adequate background for graduate-level mathematics and engineering courses. This means that your background should include courses in ordinary differential equations, computer programming, and basic engineering.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers two tracks for master’s degree students:

  • MS without thesis - This is a course-based MS program. The twelve courses required to complete the program can typically be completed in three quarters.
  • MS with thesis - This program is targeted toward students who are interested in pursuing both coursework and independent study. It is typically completed in 2 years.
Non-thesis MS graduates pursue a variety of positions in industry, including nontechnical and management positions. Thesis MS graduates are employed as researchers in graduate schools, medical schools, hospitals, industrial firms, and government laboratories.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Systems Physiology
  • Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Applied Partial Differential Equations
  • Modeling Experiments and Data
  • Biomechanics of Movement
  • Mechanics of Biological Tissues

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit an application online.
  • Pay an online application fee by credit card.
  • Submit your Statement of Purpose.
  • Upload your transcript or academic record.
  • Submit your test scores (if required by your admitting program).
  • Upload two or three Letters of Recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18689 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    18689 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • per quarter: $18,689

Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
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