Why Study Here?

Bioengineers save lives. Bioengineering, also called biomedical engineering, applies engineering tools and approaches to solving problems in biology and medicine. Choosing a degree in bioengineering is a commitment to a challenging and rewarding field dedicated to creating solutions to improve health.

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Up to $5,000
Amount of stipends available in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
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13
Full-time faculty with broad expertise covering four research pillars
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25,000
Square feet of new laboratories with state-of-the-art research equipment
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150
Students with completed degrees since program inception in 2010
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No. 1
Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia

"I’ve always been interested in bioengineering because it is at the intersections between healthcare and technology. It’s a fascinating and fast-growing field. There are so many options."

— Brian Schnoor, bioengineering undergraduate

"I hope our work may one day result in new diagnostic tools and therapies that will transform brain aneurysms into an innocuous disease that’s easy to manage."

— Juan Raul Cebral, professor of bioengineering

A Wealth of Opportunities

Your college experience in Mason's Bioengineering Department will be rich with academic and research opportunities, and your degree will open countless career opportunities.

Students who earn a bachelor of science in bioengineering are highly sought after for positions in the biomedical industry and for admission to graduate school or medical school. Those who receive an MS or a PhD in this field garner top jobs in industry, government, and academia.

Our students get involved in medical research throughout their entire undergraduate or graduate programs, including:

  • Working with imaging and sensor technologies to help amputees gain better control of prosthetics for their arms, hands, and legs.

  • Studying blood flow in the brain to predict aneurysm rupture and guide treatment by using image-based computational modeling.

  • Developing new biomaterials and nanomedicine therapeutics to allow the body's immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases.

  • Exploring the means to treat neurological disorders by studying the vast complexity of brain connections that make us who we are.

Unlimited Career Choices

  • Academic research in biomedical technology

  • Product development in medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries to commercialize therapeutics and instruments for clinical applications

  • Software and instrument design and control in industry and in hospitals

  • Implementation of and monitoring regulatory compliance for medical products

  • Working in business, legal, and intellectual property roles of companies and government agencies in the health care sector

George Mason University students at the Fairfax Inova Hospital

Laurence Bray, associate chair of the Department of Bioengineering, developed a unique technical elective called Applied Neurotechnologies. The class combines classroom learning with state-of-the-science clinical experience at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s campus.