• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Biological engineering is one of the fastest growing sectors of industry nationally. If you are a STEM professional looking to earn a bioengineering degree and start a career in a growing field, this may be the program for you.

Program structure and topics

The online master's in biological engineering is non-thesis and 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in three years.

Course work covers

  • Biomaterials engineering
  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Nanobiotechnology

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Completed bachelor’s from a regionally accredited institution in a STEM field.

  2. 3.2 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Taken the GRE
  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of purpose describing your academic and career background and goals.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation from three people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; the Graduate School will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.

  6. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  7. Applicants also may be required to interview with members of the program's advisory board, faculty and/or staff. Work experience may be considered in lieu of some admittance requirements. Additionally, students who are employed or otherwise financially supported by an employer may receive a waiver of some admittance requirements.
  8. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  9. Résumé or CV.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

Application Deadlines

June 1
October 31
April 1


  • *Required courses (6 credit hours)
  • BIOL_EN 8180Numerical Methods3 Credits

    Numerical techniques and case studies in Biological Engineering. Topics include basic numerical methods, mathematical representation of data, matrix algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations. Prerequisites: MATH 4100.

  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

  • *Choose at least 12 credit hours of:
  • BIOL_EN 8085Problems in Biological Engineering3 Credits

    Supervised individual study at the graduate level.

  • BIOL_EN 8170Sensors and Biosensors3 Credits
  • BIOL_EN 8001Advanced Topics in Biological Engineering3 Credits

    NMR and MRI Imaging

  • BIOL_EN 8370 Materials Characterization Techniques3 Credits

    Concepts and techniques in characterizing materials, including bulk and surface analyses. Techniques are presented in terms of use, sample requirements, and the engineering principles. Topics include: contact angle measurement, XPS, SEM, TEM, STM, AFM, XRD, and thermal analyses. Prerequisites: at least one undergraduate course in material science, engineer, or design.

  • BIOL_EN 8670Orthopaedic Failure Modes and Effect Analysis3 Credits
  • BIOL_EN 8000Scientific Discovery Leading to Life Science Innovations3 Credits

    The goal of this course is to provide participants with a conceptual and practical understanding of how life science research is conducted in a modern research institution in the US and the pathways involved in translating fundamental discoveries into products and services that affect healthcare. We will cover the transitions from initial discovery concepts to first-in-human studies, clinical trials, healthcare guidelines and policy to product development. We will provide an introduction to essential disciplines and interactions that enable scientific discoveries to move forward into novel device and drug therapies. Participants will come away with a very complete picture of how medical research happens, including: how it is funded; what is required to make discoveries and record and protect intellectual property that is created; how to advance innovations to clinical practice, how to navigate the regulatory and bioethical environment, and how discoveries reach practitioners and benefit patients. The Course is the first in a three course sequence leading to a Graduate Certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Must be Graduate Standing or receive certificate program director's approval.

  • BIOL_EN 8100Design and Development of Biomedical Innovations3 Credits

    The overarching goal of this course is to help participants understand the design and development (drug or device) process in biomedical innovation. This course will help participants to understand the process of choosing unmet clinical needs, articulate a need statement without integrating solution, design and develop a solution. Participants will learn to assess the commercial potential of clinical needs by performing market analysis and valuing customer needs. A conceptual understanding about development of a prototype for a device and also drug development by different brainstorming process will be provided. Details of regulatory, reimbursement, patenting process required for product development will be explained with examples. An overview about how to evaluate preliminary designs, define product specifications, comply with manufacturing principles and methods, costs, cGMP requirements will be explained. Quality control and Quality assurance necessities for drug/device will be elucidated with case studies. Participants will gain knowledge about different business models for drug and devices, estimate market penetration and how to make profitable, patient-driven products. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • *Choose 18 credit hours of: 6 credit hours must be from Engineering
  • BIOL_EN 7075Topics: Brain Signals and Brain Machines3 Credits

    The course introduces state-of-the-art technologies for monitoring and manipulating brain activity, as well as the design principles of modern brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) for interacting with the brain in health and disease. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.

  • BIOL_EN 7160Food Process Engineering3 Credits
  • BIOL_EN 7370Orthopaedic Biomechanics3 Credits
  • BIOL_EN 7420Introduction to Biomedical Imaging3 Credits

    This course offers a broad introduction to medical imaging. Topics to be covered include the physics basics and instrumentation of X-ray CT, PET , SPECT, ultrasound, MRI and Optical Imaging, as well as recent developments in biomedical imaging, as well as recent developments in biomedical imaging. Prerequisites: PHYSCS 2760.

  • BIOL_EN 7480Physics and Chemistry of Materials3 Credits
  • BIOL_EN 7770Biomedical Optics3 Credits

    Essential concepts and methods for applying optical techniques to biomedical diagnosis and therapy will be covered with major application examples being discussed. Prerequisites: PHYSCS 2760 and BIOL_EN 3180; or instructor's consent.

  • MANGMT 8200Commercialization of Life Science Innovations3 Credits

    This course will provide educational content and experiences that equip course participants to navigate the main pathways for commercialization of biomedical innovations. Students will also learn how to access sources of capital for R&D and develop an understanding of the role of FDA approval and the processes for approval of different types of biomedical products. Students will become familiar with quality assurance programs required in the biomedical industry. Students will also become familiar with the most common business models for biomedical companies and the importance of product development and commercialization alliances.

  • BIOL_EN 8004Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials3 Credits

    The goal of the course is to highlight key FDA regulatory issues for conducting human clinical trials and clinical research. For clinical trials, FDA has set up several compliance programs and guidance documents as a part of human subject protection (HSP)/ Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) initiatives. The aim of the program was to strengthen FDA oversight and protection of subjects in clinical trials and to preserve confidentiality of data. The HSP/BIMO initiative comprehends all FDA regulated clinical trials including human drugs and biological drug products, devices, foods, and veterinary medicine. The course is designed for students in medical professions, management, biomedical engineering, and related areas. Adequate knowledge regarding FDA guidance in conducting human clinical trials and clinical research will help professionals steer drug/device development and commercialization in their respective field. This course will be offered online only. An introduction to essential disciplines for conducting clinical trials and clinical research will be provided. The basics of good clinical practices (GCPs), biostatistics and clinical epidemiology in relation to clinical trials will be presented. Several relevant case studies for conducting clinical trials, both nationally and internationally, will be discussed. The importance of data collection and data management while conducting clinical trials will be explained. Graded on A-F basis only. Recommended: Knowledge in biomedical sciences, clinical sciences.

  • BIOL_EN 7470 Biomolecular Engineering and Nanobiotechnology3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Fees: $228.03
  • Total: $914.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2058.00
  • Fees: $684.09
  • Total: $2742.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Fees: $228.03
  • Total: $914.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2058.00
  • Fees: $684.09
  • Total: $2742.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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