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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSBME
Department : Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Biomechanics track in the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering provides graduates with professional skills enabling them to gain employment in the biomedical engineering industry or to enter competitive Biomedical Engineering PhD research programs. Career opportunities include research, design, analysis, testing and product development in the biomedical and rehabilitation industries, in clinical engineering, and in biomedical engineering.


The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering requires 30 credit hours at the graduate level (a combination of 5000 and 6000 level courses) and offers both thesis and nonthesis options.

Thesis students take 15 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours of Biomechanics courses, 3 credit hours of an approved elective, and 6 credit hours of thesis.

The nonthesis option is primarily designed to meet the needs of part-time students and requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Nonthesis students take 15 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours of Biomechanics courses, and 9 credit hours of approved electives.

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

All students must take at least 15 credit hours at the 6000 level. At least 24 credit hours of the program of study must be course work, exclusive of research and thesis hours.

All students must identify an adviser and file an official program of study prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of study. Students should consult with the MAE Graduate Program Director for assistance in filling out their program of study. The program of study must be approved by the department.

A student with an undergraduate degree outside of the selected departmental discipline may be required to satisfy an articulation program. Substitutions to the program of study must be approved by the student’s faculty adviser and department. More information is available on the MAE departmental website (

Prerequisites for non-engineering students applying to the program

  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MAC 2311C), Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (MAC 2312), Calculus with Analytic Geometry (MAC 2313), Ordinary Differential Equations (MAP 2302)
  • Engineering Analysis - Statics (EGN 3310), Engineering Analysis - Dynamics (EGN 3321), and Solid Mechanics (EGM 3601)
  • Thermodynamics (EGN 3343)*
  • Design and Analysis of Machine Components (EML 3500)
  • Introduction to Vibrations and Controls (EML 4225)
  • Modeling Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (EML 3034C)*
  • Mechanical Engineering Measurements (EML 3303C)*

* Or equivalent (see graduate adviser)

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

  • BME 5216C Mechanics of Biostructures I (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5217C Mechanics of Biostructures II (3 credit hours)
  • BME 6500C Bioinstrumentation (3 credit hours)
  • BME 6935 Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6211 Continuum Mechanics (3 credit hours)

Biomechanics Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • BME 6215 Advanced Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6067 Finite Elements (3 credit hours)

Representative Electives

  • BME 5572 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5265 Biomedical Effects and Applications of Electromagnetic Energy (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5272 Biomedical Sensors (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5690 Introduction to Medical Robotics and Tele-Operation (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5060 Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5584 Biomaterials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5588 Biocompatibility of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5060 Mathematical Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5066 Computational Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5237 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5291 MEMS Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5546 Engineering Design with Composite Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6068 Finite Elements in Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering II (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6299 Advanced Topics on Miniaturization (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6247 Experimental Design and Taguchi Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6609 Industrial Engineering Analytics for Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6252 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6253 Bioanalytical Technology (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—9 Credit Hours

Students may not register for thesis credit hours until an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the student’s program of study and the proposed thesis topic.

  • BME 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • Approved elective at 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours)

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student’s adviser and posted on the college’s website ( and on the Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—9 Credit Hours

  • Three approved electives at 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours each, for a total of 9 credit hours)

MAE Department Graduate Seminar Requirement

The MAE Graduate Seminar is a zero credit hour (S/U) course that is offered each Fall and Spring academic semesters. All MAE graduate students who are pursuing the MSBME are required to register, participate in, and receive a satisfactory (S) grade for two semesters of MAE Graduate Seminar prior to graduation.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis for the thesis option. For nonthesis students, the independent learning experience is provided by BME 6935 Topics in Biomedical Engineering, one of the required courses. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

 The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening ( of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.  

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related discipline. 
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Students should contact the MMAE graduate program director for further information.

Application Deadlines

Biomechanics *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.