Rice University's¬†Master of Bioengineering (M.B.E.) is a widely recognized, nonthesis degree that provides students with greater depth in their bioengineering training to advance their career objectives.
The degree has two tracks to choose from:
-¬† The Applied Bioengineering track¬†is a flexible degree program for students who want to¬†pursue careers in research, medicine, or related fields.
-¬† The Global Medical Innovation (GMI) track prepares students to address medical challenges in both established and emerging¬†markets around the world. GMI's hands-on medical design curriculum gives students real-world experience identifying clinical needs in the U.S., Brazil, and Costa Rica through global immersion and experiential learning opportunities.¬†
Both tracks require 30 credit hours of study and result in the M.B.E. degree. A minimum of 24 of the 30 credits must be taken at Rice. Both tracks have the same prerequisites, though applicants will be evaluated considering the different purposes of each track.
Applicants may apply to both tracks. Students may enroll for the Applied Bioengineering track on a full-time or part-time basis, which includes at least three hours a semester. Students in the GMI track are expected to enroll on a full-time basis. All curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the Bioengineering Department. This is done on a case-by-case basis.
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 (BIOE 440 or equivalent, 1 credit hour) 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.
Medical technology innovation today requires a global perspective. In developed countries, companies are seeking ways to slow health care spending and increase value delivered to patients. In developing countries, prevalence of chronic disease is leading to low-cost, high-value innovations. Around the world, medical solutions must be engineered to be cost-effective, sustainable, and accessible. Rice University prepares engineers to work and innovate in this growing and dynamic international landscape.
In the fall of 2015, Rice¬†launched the GMI track with the M.B.E. degree. The track¬†builds on Rice‚Äôs top-ranked bioengineering program, its award-winning design program at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), the successful history of innovation with Rice 360¬į Institute for Global Health, and through strong collaborations with the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and international partners.
The¬†GMI track 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.¬†¬†
Upon completing the GMI track of the M.B.E. degree, graduates will be able to:
The GMI curriculum consists of:
All students must maintain an average GPA of 3.2 or higher.¬†
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The Applied Bioengineering track gives students¬†the flexibility to craft their own curriculum depending on their interests and career goals. Upon completing the M.B.E. degree, students will be able to:
Students in the Applied Bioengineering track are required to complete 30 credit hours of upper-level courses, including:
All students must maintain an average GPA of 3.2 or higher.
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The following is a list of approved Professional Development electives for both M.B.E. tracks.
Policies in graduate studies and program details are found in the Rice University General Announcements. Department of Bioengineering Student Handbooks, which are available to current students, are found in the BIOE Forms Library under Graduate Student Life.