What will I learn?

The Coursework Master of Science in Bioengineering Degree requires the completion of required coursework without the submission of a thesis. This degree is typically selected by working professionals who cannot committee to full-time thesis research, by students seeking to increase their knowledge base on a shorter or longer time-line than designed for the MS thesis degree, or by students who choose to design a curriculum that is more broadly defined than that for the MS thesis degree. Students entering the coursework M.S. program are typically self- or employer-funded students. Students awarded stipends may not complete the MSBE coursework degree. Students enrolled in the MSBE coursework program may opt to participate in an industrial internship at the completion of their coursework requirements. The coursework M.S. degree may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis (see Time Limits for degrees).

Students who are admitted to the coursework M.S. program may elect to switch to the M.S. thesis program provided they identify a faculty member willing to support the thesis activities and serve as the faculty advisor. In addition, if an enrolled student elects to pursue the Ph.D. degree, he/she may reapply to the College of Graduate studies for the Ph.D. degree. Students electing this change in terminal degree are strongly urged to discuss this option with both the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair prior to application. A student may complete the M.S. thesis en route to the Ph.D. or may opt to bypass the writing of the M.S. thesis. Students who successfully defend the M.S. thesis and the Ph.D dissertation will be granted degrees of M.S. and Ph.D, while students that elect to bypass the M.S. thesis will be awarded only the Ph.D. degree. Students who are considering a change in terminal degree from coursework M.S. to M.S. thesis or Ph.D. must discuss these two options with the Graduate Director, the Department Chair, and/or their research advisor. Any request regarding the change of the terminal degree must be approved by the faculty advisor and the Graduate Committee.

Basic Coursework Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate coursework is required for a Master of Science in Bioengineering (MSBE) Coursework degree. All coursework must be approved by the Graduate Director. Each student must meet the following minimum general coursework requirements:

Register and attend the weekly Bioengineering Department seminar. Registration and attendance is mandatory every semester.

Complete 12 hours of Bioengineering core coursework.

Complete 3 hours of coursework to satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Complete 21 hours of elective coursework as approved by the Graduate Director.


Bioengineering can be broadly classified into the three areas, or subdisciplines, of biomechanics, bioelectronics, and bioprocessing. Much of the important and exciting research in bioengineering is currently occurring at the interface of these areas. Employment opportunities for M.S. graduates are greatest for students trained in one of the subdisciplines with at least familiarity for the other two subdisciplines. As such, we have designed our M.S. curriculum so that students will have proficiency in all three subdisciplines of bioengineering. Elective coursework may be selected to support one or more subdisciplines as needed for completion of the thesis research.

The MSBE coursework requirements for a full-time student can be completed in as few as 3 semesters. However, students may also enroll part-time and complete courses over an extended time period. The curriculum requirements for the MSBE coursework degree are summarized in Table 1. Coursework must be selected to satisfy the hour requirements for each category.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $990.23 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Toledo

2801 West Bancroft,



43606, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants are required to have Four-year Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university with A 2.70 cumulative GPA for all previous academic work. All applicants with less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work are required to submit GRE scores. Some programs may have higher GPA requirements. English Language Requirements: TOEFL IBT equal to 80 or above, TOEFL PBT: 550 or IELTS equal to 6.5.

For international students

Four-year BachelorÕs Degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A 2.70 cumulative GPA for all previous academic work. All applicants with less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work.

English language requirements: TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL IBT (80), IETLS (6.5).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.