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Master's 4+1 Program

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers the department’s top undergraduates the opportunity to complete a Master of Science (MS) with an additional year of course work and research building on an individual undergraduate research project.

Initial Eligibility Requirements
  • Complete applications will require transcripts, GRE test scores, a personal statement indicating motivation and interest in the program, current research to be extended (for thesis option), and career aspirations. One recommendation should be provided from a full-time Tulane BME faculty member, otherwise two recommendations will be provided.
  • Full application submission is open October 1 with final deadline May 1. Reviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Graduate Degree Credit Requirements

(numbers in parentheses are Tulane courses satisfying each requirement)

Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (BMEN 6030/6035)
Thesis: 3 + 1 (from BSE if B- or better)
Non-Thesis: 3 + 1 (from BSE if B- or better)

Quantitative Physiology with Lab (BMEN 6070/6075)
Thesis: 3 + 1(from BSE if B- or better)
Non-Thesis: 3 + 1 (from BSE if B- or better)

Advanced Mathematics *
*Introductory Biostatistics (BIOS 6030) will not count towards the Advanced Mathematics requirement
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 3

Biomedical Engineering Domain Credits (click here)
Maximum of 1 3xxx course
Thesis: 9
Non-Thesis: 9

Minimum elective course credits required:
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 9

Research Seminar (BMEN 6710 – register every fall)
1 Credit Allowed
Thesis: 1
Non-Thesis: 1

Remaining credits may be satisfied by BMEN 7310-7320 Research in BME (graded), Directed Readings, or didactic courses
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 3

Total graduate course credits required for graduation:
Thesis: 27
Non-Thesis: 33

Financial Support Considerations

Tuition during the 5th year is discounted by the School of Science and Engineering to 35% of the graduate tuition. Note that scholarships and other financial aid will not normally be continued during the 5th year; financial need is most often met in the form of low-interest student loans.

Students pursuing this program are strongly encouraged to spend the summer between the 4th and 5th years doing research on their project. Occasionally, summer funding may be available from the student's advisor or other sources of support.