Biomedical Engineering combines the mathematical skills, physical science knowledge, and analytical ability of the engineer with the life scientist's knowledge and understanding of biology. Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to solve medical and biological problems.

The Biomedical Engineering Program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is an interdisciplinary graduate program offered through the Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, which offers the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. Faculty members from Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Optical Engineering are associated with the Biomedical Engineering (BE) program. 

The program is intended primarily for degree candidates with a B.S. degree in any engineering discipline. Applications from students with different undergraduate majors are considered for admission on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that substantial additional undergraduate coursework may be required.

The objective of the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is to prepare graduates for early career advancement in the field of Biomedical Engineering by building upon their undergraduate training with advanced coursework and concentrated study of problems and topics relevant to the field.

Graduate Stuent Learning Outcomes

Upon receiving their degree, students receiving the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering will be able to

  1. Synthesize foundational knowledge to solve advanced problems in Biomedical Engineering.
  2. Apply advanced quantitative techniques in the planning and execution of an independent research project.

Faculty and Staff Contacts

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering requirements

36 credit hours of course work

12 credit hours of thesis wor 

Students are required to take BE 511 and 3 other 500-level courses with a BE prefix listed in the graduate studies web page. Students are required to submit their Plan of Study for approval by their thesis advisor and their advisory committee.

Inquiries about the M.S. degree program in Biomedical Engineering can be addressed to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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Kay C Dee

Dr. Dee earned her M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She then taught at Tulane University before joining the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 2004. She has received several honors and awards for her teaching and research, including Professor of the Year from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include student learning styles, helping faculty to be most effective in the classroom and assessments of teaching and learning. She also authored the textbook An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions.

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Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Admissions, Programs of Study, and Courses

Our graduate program offers a variety of courses and programs taught by passionate and experienced professors to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Learn more about our admissions process, and the programs and courses we are proud to offer.


There are a variety of options for both traditional and non-traditional students at Rose-Hulman. Learn more about how to apply for graduate school.


Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in eight different programs. Some programs offer evening classes off campus to make it possible for professionals to continue to work fulltime while earning their graduate degree.


A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. 

Research Facilities

There are seven research facilities on our campus all operating with the dual mission of providing education, as well as performing research and development. Projects at the facilities reflect faculty and student interests, as well as industry needs. As part of the graduate program at Rose-Hulman, you will likely participate in thesis research in one of our facilities.

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John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

This 40,000-square-foot facility is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. There is ample laboratory space for project-based education.

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Rose-Hulman Ventures

Rose-Hulman Ventures is a program that brings together students and technology-based companies. For students, the program provides the best engineering professional practice experience possible. In turn, this provides businesses with prototypes, refinements to the design of existing products and expansion in current engineering capabilities. The facility is on the south campus of Rose-Hulman.

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JRSI Laboratory

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Mechanical testing in the lab is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine.

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing is the Director of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of Lifelong Learning, and Head of the Department of Engineering Management. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering, mathematics and statistics, manufacturing systems and workforce education and development.
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Graduate Studies
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Phone: 812-877-8403
Fax: 812-877-8061
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