Santa Clara University



Master of Science in Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering currently offers a M.S. degree program with a focus on biodevice engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, and biomolecular engineering. The bioengineering graduate program at Santa Clara University is designed to accommodate the needs of students interested in advanced study in the areas of medical devices/bioinstrumentation and molecular and cellular bioengineering. An individual may pursue the degree of Master of Science (M.S.), either as a full-time or part-time student, through a customized balance of coursework, directed research and/or thesis research. Students are also required to supplement their technical work with coursework on other topics that are specified in the graduate engineering core curriculum.


Faculty Research

A number of faculty offer research projects to bioengineering students that are engaging and involve problem-solving at the interface of engineering, medicine and biology. Dr. Yan's current research focuses on basic and translational aspects of human voice that include the development of new imaging modalities to study laryngeal dynamics and function, with associated methods in the analysis and modeling of human voice production. She is also participating in a multi-PI project, funded by NIH, on the development of optical switch probes and novel detection and image analyses of this novel class of probe for applications in high contrast imaging within living cells and tissues. Dr. Zhang is currently engaged in research on several NIH-funded projects spanning protein engineering to drug discovery. Dr. Kim investigates the application of integrated microfluidic systems for multiple applications in diagnostics as well as experimental science, and Dr. Asuri's research interests involve integrating tools and concepts from biomaterials engineering, biotechnology, and cell biology to explore the role of biomaterial properties such porosity, matrix stiffness, etc. on protein structure and function and in regulating cell fate.


M.S. Degree Requirements (minimum 45 units)

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Bioengineering, students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter units, including required core and elective courses, within the School of Engineering. Required and elective courses for the bioengineering programs are provided below. Students undertaking thesis work are required to engage in research that results, for example, in the development of a new method or approach to solve a bioengineering relevant problem, or a technical tool, a design criteria, or a biomedical application. This work should be documented in a journal publication, conference, or research report, and must also be included in a Master's thesis. Alternatively, students may elect to take only courses to fulfill the requirement for the M.S. degree.

Alternative elective courses may be taken subject to approval from the student's advisor. Courses used to meet the 45-unit minimum total for the Master of Science in Bioengineering degree cannot include courses that were used to satisfy a previous undergraduate degree program requirement. This includes cross-listed undergraduate courses at Santa Clara University and/or their equivalent courses at other institutions. If some required courses in the SCU graduate bioengineering program have been completed prior to graduate-level matriculation at SCU, additional elective courses will be required to satisfy the minimum unit total requirement as necessary.

  • iconGraduate Core (minimum 6 units including BIOE 210)

    One course in each of the following three areas:
    1. Emerging Topics in Engineering
    2. Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship
    3. Engineering and Society (Bioethics - BIOE 210)

    Click here for a list of possible courses that fulfill each requirement.

  • iconApplied Mathematics (4 units)

    Select from AMTH 200, 201, 202, 210, 211 (or consult with advisor)

  • iconBioengineering Core (15 units)

    Students must take 6 units from one of the three primary focus areas, 4 units from other focus areas, 3 units from biostatistics (BIOE 232 L&L) and 2 quarter research seminar units (BIOE 200, 2 x 1 unit)

    Three primary focus areas are:
    1. Biomolecular Engineering - BIOE 280, 282, 286, 300 or 301
    2. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering - BIOE 208, 240, 269, 272, 278
    3. BioDevice Engineering - BIOE 207, 208, 209, 268, 270, 275, 276
  • iconBioengineering Technical Electives (11-20 units)

    Select from the approved list of Technical Elective (TE) graduate level courses. Students who pursue the thesis option will obtain 9 units from the thesis work, and thus 11 TE units are required; for those who pursue the course work only, 20 TE units are required. Directed research may count as a maximum of 6 TE units.

  • iconTransfer Units

    For students in the 5-year BS/MS program, a maximum of 20 units may be transferred to the MS degree.

    For non-SCU students, a maximum of 9 units may be transferred to the MS degree.



  • iconCourse Descriptions

    A list of graduate courses and their descriptions.

  • iconOnline Forms

    Online forms for download for graduate students.

  • iconAdmission

    Admission details and online forms for master's degree program.