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Our M.S. program focuses on biodevice engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, and biomolecular engineering.

You can earn your degree as either a full-time or part-time student, through a customized balance of coursework, directed research and/or thesis research. We also require you to supplement your technical work with courses on other topics that are specified in the graduate engineering core curriculum.

M.S. Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter units, including required core and elective courses within the School of Engineering.

If you decide to do optional thesis work, you are required to engage in research that results, for example, in the development of a new approach to solving a relevant bioengineering 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.

Alternative elective courses may be taken subject to approval from the student's advisor. Courses used to meet the 45-unit minimum cannot include those previously used to satisfy an undergraduate degree program requirement. This includes cross-listed undergraduate courses at Santa Clara and equivalent courses at other institutions. If some required courses have been completed prior to graduate-level matriculation at SCU, additional electives will be required to satisfy the minimum unit total requirement.

minimum 6 units including BIOE 210

One course in each of the following three areas:

  1. Emerging Topics in Engineering
    Students may take BIOE 256

  2. Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship

  3. Engineering and Society
    Students are required to take BIOE 210

4 units

Select from AMTH 200, 201, 202, 210, 211, 212 (or consult with advisor)

15 units

BIOE 200 (twice)

BIOE 232 & 232L

Students must also take 6 units from one of the three primary focus areas and 4 units from other focus areas:

  1. Biomolecular Engineering/Biotechnology
    BIOE 280, 282, 283, 286, (300 or 301)

  2. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    BIOE 208, 240, 269, 273, 378

  3. BioDevice Engineering
    BIOE 207, 208, 209, 245, 268, 270, 275, 276, 277

11-20 units

All graduate-level BIOE courses (except BIOE 210) may count as Technical Electives.

Select graduate courses from ELEN, MECH, or COEN may be credited as Technical Electives upon approval by faculty advisor.

A maximum of 4 units total from ENGR and EMGT graduate courses may be credited as Technical Electives.

A maximum of 3 units total of Directed Research (BIOE 297) may be credited for Technical Electives if also doing the Master's Thesis option (BIOE 397, maximum 9 units total), otherwise a maximum of 6 units total of BIOE 297 is allowed.

Submission of a Master's Thesis is required for BIOE 397. 


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.