Master of Bioengineering (MBE) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MBE Degree 

Program Learning Outcomes for the Applied Bioengineering Track

Upon completing the MBE degree, students pursuing the Applied Bioengineering track requirements will be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate advanced knowledge of Bioengineering topics in at least one of the following areas: Biomaterials and Drug Delivery, Biomedical Imaging and Diagnostics, Computational and Theoretical Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics, or Systems and Synthetic Biology.    
  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.  
  4. Gain admission to a graduate or professional program, if students want to pursue further education.   

Program Learning Outcomes for the Global Medical Innovation Track

Upon completing the MBE degree, students pursuing the Global Medical Innovation track requirements will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of Bioengineering topics in at least one of the following areas: Biomaterials and Drug Delivery, Biomedical Imaging and Diagnostics, Computational and Theoretical Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics, or Systems and Synthetic Biology.
  2. Develop effective medical products, from concept to commercialization, within a team environment.
  3. Comprehend and navigate the global medical technology industry by leveraging an internship experience.
  4. Gain employment or advance professionally in a technical field related to bioengineering.

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 must complete:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours 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 one area of specialization (see below for areas of specialization). The MBE degree program offers two areas of specialization, or tracks:
    • Applied Bioengineering: 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 track 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 track 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.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in required coursework with a minimum grade of a B- (2.67 grade points) in each course (for the Applied Bioengineering specialization), or a minimum GPA of 3.20 in required coursework with a minimum grade of a B- (2.67 grade points) in each course (for the Global Medical Innovation specialization).

Both tracks have the same prerequisites, though applicants will be evaluated considering the different purposes of each track. More information about each of these tracks 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.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Master of Bioengineering (MBE) Degree 30

Degree Requirements

Area of Specialization
Select 1 of the following Areas of Specialization (see below for Areas of Specialization):30
Applied Bioengineering
Global Medical Innovation
Total Credit Hours30

Areas of Specialization

Area of Specialization: Applied Bioengineering

Students pursuing the Applied Bioengineering area of specialization must complete:

  • A minimum of 2 courses (3 credit hours) from the core requirements. 
  • A minimum of 9 courses (27 credit hours) taken at the 500-level or above from selected course offerings.
    • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings.
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) as a professional development elective course.
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) as a quantitative elective course. 
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings or another department.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in required coursework.  
Core Requirements
BIOE 627MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN SEMINAR 11.5
Select 1 from the following:1.5
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN SEMINAR 2
LIFE SCIENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE ROLES OF FOUNDERS AND VENTURE CAPTIAL ON HIGH TECH STARTUP
Elective Requirements
Elective Category: BIOE Departmental Electives
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: 13
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERS: BUILDING A PRACTICAL TOOLBOX
STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS
Elective Category: Quantitative Requirement
BIOE 539APPLIED STATISTICS FOR BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 23
Elective Category: BIOE General Elective
Select 1 additional course from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings (or another department) at the 500-level or above 33
Total Credit Hours30

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Area of Specialization: Global Medical Innovation

Students pursuing the Global Medical Innovation area of specialization must complete: 

  • A minimum of 4 courses (9 credit hours) from the core requirements. 
  • An internship or independent study (6 credit hours).
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 500-level or above from selected course offerings.
    • A minimum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings.
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) as a professional development elective course.
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) as a quantitative elective course. 
    • A minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings or another department.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.20 in required coursework. 
Core Requirements
Medical Technology Design
BIOE 527MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN I3
BIOE 529MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN 23
Industry Seminar Series
BIOE 627MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN SEMINAR 11.5
Select 1 from the following:1.5
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY DESIGN SEMINAR 2
LIFE SCIENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE ROLES OF FOUNDERS AND VENTURE CAPTIAL ON HIGH TECH STARTUP
Internship or Independent Study 16
GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 semesters required, 1st semester)
GRADUATE INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 semesters required, 2nd semester)
Elective Requirements
Elective Category: BIOE Departmental Electives
Select 2 courses from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings at the 500-level or above6
Elective Category: Professional Development
Select a minimum of 3 credit hours from the following:3
TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS
LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
COMMUNICATION FOR ENGINEERS: BUILDING A PRACTICAL TOOLBOX
STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR ENGINEERS
Elective Category: Quantitative Requirement
BIOE 539APPLIED STATISTICS FOR BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 23
Elective Category: BIOE General Elective
Select 1 additional course from approved departmental (BIOE) course offerings (or another department) at the 500-level or above 33
Total Credit Hours30

 Footnotes and Additional Information 

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: 
http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Bioengineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Enrollment Status Requirements

Students may enroll for the Applied Bioengineering track on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may only enroll on a full-time basis for the Global Medical Innovation track. University graduation requirements (including the minimum residency requirement for students in graduate degree programs) 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.

Additional Information 

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

Opportunities for the MBE Degree

Additional Information 

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