ScM Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint venture by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering. The Program offers advanced training appropriate for careers in academia or industry in the field of biomedical engineering.

Program Requirements

The following list is an overview of the requirements for the Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. For more specific details, please refer to the Graduate Program Guidelines.

Masters Program

  • Open to students with appropriate backgrounds in biology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, or chemistry.
  • Must fill out graduate school application, 3 letters of recommendation and indicate interest in Masters Program.
  • A minimum of 8 tuition units (e.g. 8 courses, not more than 3 of which are for thesis research) is required for Masters degree.
  • Must take an approved set of courses, at least 5 structured (not seminar, not independent study) advanced-level (1000 or 2000) biology and engineering courses, at least 2 in biology and at least 2 in engineering.
  • Must receive a grade of B or better, courses must be taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit.
  • Credit for graduate level courses taken at Brown or elsewhere not accepted or transferable.
  • Must choose a thesis advisor before start of first semester.
  • Submit final thesis, present work as a seminar and pass final oral examination by Thesis Committee.

Jointly-Selected Committees

The following Committee is jointly selected by the student and the advisor:

Thesis Committee

  • Thesis advisor
  • Two other Brown faculty (1 from Engineering and 1 from Biology/Medicine)


All current Masters students should read and understand the rules associated with the BME ScM program at Brown, specifically in the area of course planning. If a change in your course of study is needed, please use the form below as a petition to the Director of the Masters program: