The Master of Engineering in Regulatory Biomedical Engineering (rBME) is an interdisciplinary program offered through the Department of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program addresses the need to train the next generation of biomedical engineers in the specific skill sets covering regulatory science, biomedical innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Students in this program can expect to take courses in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering, global regulatory affairs, regulatory strategy in the development of devices and diagnostics, regulatory compliance, engineering patent law, medical measurements, and instrument design.
In addition, students may gain experience in SBIR/STTR grant applications and/or FDA Premarket Notification (510(k)) submissions for medical devices.
Students who complete the program acquire skill sets comparable to those of an engineer with five to seven years of experience, making them competitive in the medical device or imaging industries. Students will be equipped to provide in-house regulatory expertise to device companies or join government regulatory and compliance institutions.
Credit Hours: 30 credits total distributed across four topical areas:
Biomedical engineering coursework and practicum (12 credits)
Regulatory issues (9 credits)
Patent law for engineers (3 credits)
Targeted electives from various disciplines (6 credits)
Duration:​ 12-24 months or 3 semesters
Minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) achieved on the final 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
Successful submission of the online application form, exam scores, and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.
GRE may be waived for those with significant work experience.
All applicants - first-time or transfers - to a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program at the School of Engineering & Applied Science must meet the admissions requirements to be considered for any of the programs at SEAS.
Applicants must provide the following materials to be considered for any graduate program at SEAS:
Complete online application form
GRE exam scores (Optional for Fall 2021 intake)
International applicants: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose
English Language Exam Requirements
All visa-seeking international applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores to SEAS to be considered for admission.
Please provide only your most recent test scores. Scores may not be more than two years old.
Minimum Score Requirements
6.0 overall with no individual score below 5.0.
Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
80 on the Internet exam (iBT) or 550 on the paper exam
Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet exam.
Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the Internet-based exam.
53. Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a minimum score of 68.
Exceptions are granted to applicants who:
Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located.
Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution located in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption.