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The Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.)

Rice University's 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. The degree has two tracks:

  • The Global Medical Innovation (GMI) track is designed specifically for students who want to pursue a career in the global medical technology industry; and
  • The Applied Bioengineering track is designed as a flexible degree for students who want to pursue careers in research, medicine or related fields.  

Move ForwardBoth tracks require 30 credit hours of study, and will result in the Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) degree. Both tracks have the same prerequisites, though applicants will be evaluated considering the different purposes of each track. Applicants may apply to both tracks. More information about each of these tracks can be found below.

Applications for the Global Medical Innovation (GMI) track are due by January 15. However, due to expanded interest in the program, a second round of applications has opened with a deadline of March 4. Both application deadline dates are for fall admission.

Applications for the Applied Bioengineering track are due by October 30 for spring admission and April 30 for fall admission.

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 GMI track. All curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the Bioengineering Department. This is done on a case-by-case basis. 

Global Medical Innovation curriculum and requirements

As the medical technology industry becomes increasingly global with an emphasis in cost-effective health care solutions and clinical outcomes, Rice seeks to prepare engineers for this new and changing environment.

In the fall of 2015, Rice launched 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 internships. The track builds 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, and through collaborations with the Texas Medical Center.   

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  The M.B.E. track in Global Medical Innovation prepares engineers for careers in medical technology through education in innovation, emerging-market design projects, and internships.

The M.B.E. 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.  

The GMI track curriculum consists of:

  • Two consecutive semesters of innovation education with integrated emerging-market design projects (18 credits)
  • An internship, which may be completed during the summer (full-time) or during the fall and winter semesters (part-time). The inaugural cohort of students traveled to Costa Rica for a global design internship during summer of 2015. See GMI internship blog at gmi.rice.edu. Subsequent students may fulfill this requirement with an industry internship in the summer, or during the fall and winter semesters. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for obtaining and selecting an internship that best aligns with their career goals (6 Credits) 
  • One graduate-level course in MATH, CAAM, or STAT (3 credits, 400-level courses may be considered) 
  • One elective graduate-level BIOE course (3 credits)

All students must maintain an average GPA of 3.20 or higher. 

If you have additional questions about the Global Medical Innovation track, email gmi@rice.edu

Applied Bioengineering curriculum and requirements

The Applied Bioengineering track gives students the flexibility to craft their own curriculum depending on their interests and career goals. The Department of Bioengineering offers graduate-level courses in Biomaterials and Drug Delivery, Biomedical Imaging and Diagnostics, Computational and Theoretical Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics, and Systems and Synthetic Biology.

Students in the Applied Bioengineering track are required to complete 30 credit hours of upper-level courses, including:

  • Fifteen bioengineering credit hours at the graduate level (500+) 
  • 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, 400-level courses may be considered)

All students must 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. 

M.B.E. prerequisite courses (for both tracks)

Both tracks require prerequisite courses to ensure students are prepared for graduate-level courses in bioengineering. 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. Prerequisite courses may be taken for a standard letter grade or pass/fail credit, and will not count toward the required 30 hours regardless of the grade mode. All BIOE courses must be taken for a standard letter grade.