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The Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.)

Move ForwardThe Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) is a non-thesis degree that provides students with greater depth in their bioengineering training to advance their career objectives. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the Bioengineering Department. This is done on a case-by-case basis.  

M.B.E. prerequisite courses

  • Fundamentals of Systems Physiology (BIOE 322 or equivalent -3 credit hours), Cell Biology (BIOC 341 or equivalent – 3 credit hours), and Statistics are prerequisite courses. If a student does not have evidence on their undergraduate transcript that they have received credit for these courses they must take them as part of the M.B.E. curriculum.

Only one prerequisite course may be counted towards the required 30 hours. This course must be a graduate-level course and taken for a standard letter grade. (Exception: BIOC 341 may be taken with a standard letter grade as a prerequisite and counted towards the 30 required hours.)

If more than one prerequisite is required, additional courses may be taken for a standard letter grade or pass/fail credit, but will not count toward the required 30 hours regardless of the grade mode. All BIOE courses must be taken for a standard letter grade.

M.B.E. requirements

  • Complete 30 semester hours of upper-level courses, including:
    • Fifteen bioengineering credit hours at the graduate level or above. A minimum of 24 of the 30 credit hours must be taken at Rice. 
    • Nine elective professional-development credit hours
    • Three general elective credit hours
    • Graduate-level MATH, STAT, or CAAM (3 credit hours)
  • Maintain an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For details about the Department of Bioengineering's Graduate Degree Requirements and Procedures, see the linked PDF files on the sidebar to the left titled Additional Information. 

New M.B.E. track in Global Medical Innovation

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.

In 2015, Rice will launch a new track with the M.B.E. degree to prepare engineers for careers in medical technology through education in innovation, emerging-market design projects and industry internships. The track will build on Rice’s award-winning design facilities at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the successful history of innovation in the developing world with Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, and through collaborations with the Texas Medical Center. (Program Flyer)

Targeted students

The Rice M.B.E. track in Global Medical Innovation program 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.

Program format

The program consists of two consecutive semesters of innovation education integrated with an emerging-market design project. Students then apply their newly gained knowledge for three to six months during an industry internship or a global field internship. Finally, students return to Rice for a final semester where they focus on mentoring other teams, leadership and managements skills, and career development.

To apply or learn more about this new program, contact Dr. Eric Richardson at richardson@rice.edu.