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Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering Thesis Option

Graduate student presenting at the 2018 SBES student symposium at Wake Forest University.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering must complete a minimum of 30 total credits of graduate work:

  • 21-24 course credits
  • 6-9 thesis research credits

Direct-to-Ph.D. Path

An M.S. can be earned "along-the-way" to the Ph.D. by students accepted into the direct-to-Ph.D. degree path.

Student Advisory Committee

Prior to submitting a program of study, and no later than the end of the second academic semester, each student must form an advisory committee.

Final Examination

Upon completing all other degree requirements, M.S. students must pass an oral comprehensive examination given by the advisory committee covering the student's coursework and thesis research.

To complete the program, students must pass the final examination, including approval of the thesis.

Additional Requirements

All students are expected to participate in the annual SBES Research Symposium held each spring and are required to do an oral research presentation at least once before they graduate.

More Information

For more detailed information on degree requirements, advisory committees and examinations, see the Virginia Tech graduate catalog and the SBES graduate manual.


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