The Master of Science in Bioengineering at Northeastern draws on faculty across the university and reflects the significant strengths of bioengineering research in multiple areas.
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Our interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioengineering is designed for (1) students with a BS in engineering or physics who would like to continue or move their careers in the direction of bioengineering; (2) students who would like to strengthen their academic credentials/portfolios prior to applying to medical school; and (3) workers in the biotech industry who would like to strengthen their technical background, broaden future employment opportunities, and/or re-direct their specific expertise.
Concentration 1: Biomedical Devices and Bioimaging
This concentration is appropriate for students interested in the design of biomedical devices, as well as biomedical imaging and signal processing.
Concentration 2: Cell and Tissue Engineering
The cell and tissue engineering concentration is appropriate for students interested in molecular, cell, and tissue engineering.
Concentration 3: Biomechanics
Students who join the biomechanics concentration will cover multiscale mechanics, including whole-body movement, mechanical properties of biomaterials, and fluid mechanics of physiological fluids.
Concentration 4: Systems, Synthetic, and Computational Bioengineering
Systems bioengineering focuses on using engineering principles to model and understand complex biological systems, using advanced large-scale experimental technologies and specialized mathematical and computational tools. In addition, the acquired understanding of the design principles of biological systems allows design and implementation of synthetic biological systems with required functions for clinical, agricultural, environmental, and energy applications.
Students must select one of three concentrations offered
Students have the option to carry out research resulting in the preparation and defense of an MS thesis or an MS project
Bioengineering is a rapidly growing sector of the engineering profession. The aging of the U.S. population and the nationwide focus on health issues will help drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers. Recent high-profile reports on high rates of failure in artificial hips underline the critical need for improved engineering and materials design of long-lasting devices.
Along with the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures, an increased concern for cost-effectiveness will boost demand for biomedical engineers, particularly in pharmaceutical and device manufacturing and related industries. Approximately 19,400 biomedical engineers were employed in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and employment in the field is expected to increase by 27 percent through 2022, much faster than the average across all engineering disciplines.
The MS in Bioengineering will provide significant opportunities for student research. Bioengineering research enjoys strong support from multiple government agencies. NIH has historically led all other agencies in budget increases and today consumes roughly 50% of all nondefense research spending. Healthcare spending expanded from 6% of the GDP in 1960 to 15% in 2000 and is projected to reach 20% by 2021, in part due to the aging of the baby-boom generation.
Biomedical advances are increasingly dependent on quantitative approaches as exemplified by bioengineering, and the general perception is that government support for this research will continue to rise. The energy crisis and global climate change threats have also fostered interdisciplinary research across bioengineering with other fields such as biofuel cells, bio-batteries, bioremediation, bio-carbon sequestration, etc., and many agencies such as EPA, DOE, DOD and DARPA support these research directions.
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Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.
Applications submitted by the referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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