Master of Bioengineering (MBE) Degree, and a Major Concentration in Applied Bioengineering

Program Learning Outcomes for the MBE Degree and a Major Concentration in Applied Bioengineering

Upon completing the MBE degree and a major concentration in Applied Bioengineering, students will be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate advanced knowledge of Bioengineering topics in at least one of the following areas: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Mechanobiology and Biophysics; Biomedical Imaging, Optics and Diagnostics; Microfabrication, Microfluidics and Design; Synthetic Biology and Genome Engineering; Quantitative, Computational and Theoretical Bioengineering.    
  2. Apply knowledge from engineering and other disciplines to identify, formulate, and solve novel and complex problems that require advanced knowledge in bioengineering.  
  3. Select and apply quantitative analytic techniques to analyze bioengineering data.   

Additionally, upon completing the MBE degree and a major concentration in Applied Bioengineering and the research component, students will be able to:

  1. Develop practical experience of designing and performing laboratory research, including the ability to summarize and assess research results in a written format, and present research results.

Requirements for the MBE Degree 

The MBE degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MBE degree program and a major concentration in Applied Bioengineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 30-31 credit hours, depending on course selection, to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of part-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • The requirements for the major concentration in Bioengineering. When students are admitted into the MBE degree program, they must additionally identify and declare one of the two major concentrations, either in: 
    • Applied Bioengineering (class-based or research-based): designed as a flexible degree for students who will pursue careers in research, medicine, or related fields, or
    • Global Medical Innovation: designed specifically for students who will pursue a career in the global medical technology industry. As the medical technology industry becomes increasingly global with an emphasis in cost-effective health care solutions and clinical outcomes, Rice University seeks to prepare engineers for this new and changing environment. This area of specialization of the MBE degree is designed to prepare engineers for careers in medical technology through education in innovation, emerging-market design projects and internships. The Rice MBE area of specialization in Global Medical Innovation program specifically targets students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, or bioengineering/medical) or a related field, and who are interested in pursuing a career in the private, public, or non-profit sectors of medical technology.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 or higher in all Rice coursework that satisfies requirements for the non-thesis master’s degree with a minimum grade of a B- (2.67 grade points) in each course (for students pursuing the Applied Bioengineering major concentration).

Both major concentrations have the same prerequisites, though applicants will be evaluated considering the different purposes of each. More information about each of these major concentrations can be found below. Curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the Bioengineering Department. This is done on a case-by-case basis. 

The Master of Bioengineering (MBE) degree is a professional non-thesis master's degree. Students who have a BS or BA degree in an engineering or science discipline may apply. Depending on their background, some students may need to fulfill prerequisites or take remedial engineering courses to earn the MBE degree. For more information, see the department website.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MBE Degree and a Major Concentration in Applied Bioengineering30-31

Degree Requirements 

Core Requirements
BIOE 627MEDICAL INNOVATION INDUSTRY SEMINAR1.5
Select 1 course from the following:1.5
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN SEMINAR 2
ROLES OF PHYSICIANS, SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS AND MBA’S IN HIGH-TECH STARTUPS
Major Concentration
Select 1 from the following Major Concentrations (see below for Major Concentration requirements):27-28
Applied Bioengineering (Class-Based or Research-Based)
Global Medical Innovation
Total Credit Hours30-31

 

Major Concentration in Applied Bioengineering: Class-Based
Elective Requirements
Elective Category: BIOE Departmental Electives 1
Select 6 courses from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings at the 500-level or above18
Elective Category: Professional Development
Select a minimum of 3 credit hours from the following: 23
WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERING LEADERS
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS
RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
Elective Category: Quantitative Requirement
BIOE 539APPLIED STATISTICS FOR BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY3
Elective Category: BIOE General Elective
Select 1 additional course from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings (or another department) at the 500-level or above3
Total Credit Hours27

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Major Concentration in Applied Bioengineering: Research-Based
Research Requirement
BIOE 507GRADUATE RESEARCH COMPONENTS I3
BIOE 607RESEARCH CONCENTRATION – COMPONENT II6
Elective Requirements
Elective Category: BIOE Departmental Electives
Select 5 courses from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings at the 500-level or above15
Elective Category: Ethics
UNIV 594RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH1
Elective Category: Technical Writing
Select 1 course from the following:3
WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERING LEADERS
Total Credit Hours28

Policies for the MBE Degree

Department of Bioengineering Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Bioengineering publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: https://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2021_22/Bioengineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Enrollment Status Requirements

Students may enroll for the Applied Bioengineering area of specialization on a full-time or part-time basis. For the Global Medical Innovation area of specialization, students may only enroll on a full-time basis. University graduation requirements (including the minimum residency requirement for students in graduate degree programs) all still apply. 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the MBE degree should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing at Rice may apply towards the degree.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Bioengineering website: https://bioengineering.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MBE Degree

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Bioengineering website: https://bioengineering.rice.edu/