Bioengineering Master’s Program

MS in Bioengineering – PENDING SCHEV approval

The program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The Department of Bioengineering offers the Master of Science degree in Bioengineering with specializations in the following areas:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Neuroengineering

The Bioengineering MS Program consists of a minimum of 30-33 credit hours and offers three different and unique path options:

Program Overview:

The MS program in Bioengineering has been designed to educate MS-level bioengineers who will serve society by improving health and ameliorating disease or disability. The unique feature of the Bioengineering MS program at George Mason University is a practicum option where students will take advantage of Mason’s location by completing a summer internship in a bioengineering-related field between their first and second year as a MS student. Internship opportunities will emerge from our department collaborations with healthcare institutions including INOVA, Children’s National Medical Center, government agencies such as the FDA as well as federal laboratories such as the Naval Research Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition, the MS program offers two others options, coursework and thesis, for students who desire to acquire specific expertise or to pursue a research career, respectively.

To prepare leaders for the challenges at the interface of engineering and biomedicine, the curriculum strengthens students’ expertise in four core areas: biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, and neuroengineering. Each of these options supplements career skills training in entrepreneurship, teaching, and healthcare policy. This breadth prepares graduates for pursuing relevant careers in government or industry, or further education in biomedical-related fields.

Located in Fairfax Virginia, George Mason University is ideally located within 20 miles of the nation’s capital.  George Mason University enjoys close proximity to federal institutions, healthcare institutions, and biotechnology companies, which provide sources for MS research and internship opportunities, support, and professional connections to enhance future employment opportunities for MS graduates.